HEA

Homer Electric Association’s annual meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at Soldotna High School. For the first time in the co-op’s 70-year history, though, HEA is encouraging members not to attend.

HEA is required by its bylaws to hold an annual meeting the first week of May but the bylaws did not foresee a global pandemic. HEA doesn’t want to encourage a crowd, given state health mandates on social distancing and large gatherings. That means no free meal or prize drawings, as HEA usually provides at the annual meeting.

If 50 or more people show up, an official meeting must be held. If less than 50 members attend, HEA can reschedule or cancel the meeting.

HEA ballots due soon

Apr 30, 2020

If you haven’t sent in your ballot for the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors, now is the time. HEA will announce the winners May 7.

Two candidates are running for a District 1 seat, covering Kenai, Nikiski and parts of Soldotna. Jim Duffield, of Kenai, comes from a financial background, having been an accountant and auditor. He is a shareholder and the managing member of JMJ Tax Relief in Kenai. Duffield says he would bring his financial background to serve on the board.

“The rates seem to have continually climbed steadily in the last few years,” Duffield said. “And I don’t feel like that’s really justified. And there’s been a number of good projects that they’ve gotten involved in that have paid off well for the company and for us as users, but there’s also some projects that have not worked out quite so well.”

In this week's show, we hear from candidates for the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors:
District 1: Jim Duffield and Erik Hendrickson

District 2: C.O. Rudstrom

District 3: Troy Jones, Pete Kinneen and Jim Levine

Find candidate resumes here.

Chay, Oberts, McKittrick win HEA voter approval

May 6, 2019

 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.

HEA seeing interest in adding solar to power mix

Aug 21, 2018

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.

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