The Homer Electrict Assn. board of directors election is coming up. In the Soldotna area, Dist. 2, incumbent Ed Oberts faces a challenge from retired surgeon Ed Schmitt. Meet them both on this week's Kenai Conversation.
Interview of Homer Electric Dist. 2 candidates Ed Obers and Ed Schmitt.
Seventy-two years ago electricity in Homer started flowing from a 75,000 watt diesel generator, supplying power to 56 members who had come together to form the Homer Electric Association.
Today, there are a few more customers throughout the Kenai Peninsula and 80-million watts of electricity coming from a variety of sources, which still includes diesel. But the member-owned co-op has added hydroelectric, natural gas turbines and recovered heat generation.
Now, the board is looking at adding solar-electric.
Your electricity bill has gone up through no fault of your own.
Starting on July 1st, Homer Electric Association bills went up due to an increase in the cost of power adjustment, or COPA. The COPA is added to reflect increases in the cost of natural gas used to generate electricity.
The increase, from roughly 6.7 cents per kilowatt hour to roughly 7.3 cents, an increase of 8.49 percent.
Homer Electric estimates that a residential customer using 550 kilowatt hours of electricity a month will an increase of $3.13.