HEA

 The two Central Peninsula representatives to the Homer Electric Board of Directors were re-elected at last week’s annual membership meeting.

In District 1 Kenai, Dan Chay ran unopposed and gathered 683 votes. There were 65 write-ins.

In District 2 Soldotna, incumbent Ed Oberts won re-election against challenger Ed Schmitt by a vote of 789 to 530, with 24 write-ins.

In the South Peninsula, Erin McKittrick of Seldovia defeated incumbent Gregory C. Martin Jr. of Homer by a vote of 966-709, with 20 write-ins.

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.

There'll be one new face on the Homer Electric Association board of directors after election results were tallied May 3 at the cooperative's annual meeting in Homer.

HEA members cast 3,196 ballots in person and by mail for the election which had three seats on the nine-member board up for grabs.

Incumbent Dave Carey, a former mayor of Soldotna and the Borough, ran unopposed for the seat representing Kenai, Nikiski, and Soldotna. It will be his 10th term on the board.

The slate of candidates is set for next month’s vote-by-mail election for three seats on the Homer Electric Association board of directors.

One incumbent, Dave Carey, is running unopposed. He represents District 2, the Soldotna area.

The District 3 seat, currently vacant with the resignation of Don Stead, only had one man throw his hat into the ring: Roy Champagne of Anchor Point. The district extends from Kachemak Bay to Soldotna.

Friday is the deadline for those seeking to have their name appear on the Homer Electric Association board of directors ballot. There are three seats available, starting with District 1, Nikiski, Kenai and parts of Soldotna, said Bruce Shelly, the co-op’s member services director.

Homer Electric raising rates

Dec 19, 2017

On the Kenai Peninsula, Homer Electric Association members can expect a four-percent increase in their monthly power bill beginning on Jan. 1.

The association regularly reassess the cost of power.

We adjust this on a quarterly basis and it primarily reflects the cost of natural gas used by generation power HEA members," said HEA spokesman Bruce Shelley.

The average resident will see their bill go up by $1.49 per month.