Homer Electric Association

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Some residents on the south side of Kachemak Bay had their power restored Friday after multiple power outages left some without electricity over the past week.

Bruce Shelley is the director of member relations for Homer Electric Association. He said a majority of the outage came from downed power lines near Stonehocker Creek. He said HEA began receiving calls about the outages Sunday.

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Phone scammers posing as Homer Electric Association employees are targeting businesses in the Homer area. According to an HEA press release, businesses are reporting calls from scammers requesting payments for a fake bills. The caller threatens to turn off electrical services immediately if the bill is not paid.

HEA says it will never threaten to suspend services immediately and will give notice of an overdue bill before calling.

Voting will start for the Homer Electric Association’s Board of Directors in a just a few weeks. Anchor Point resident Roy Champagne is running unopposed for a seat representing Homer. The seat was left vacant after board member Don Stead resigned last month.  

The board consists of nine directors: three from each of the three districts that make up the service area. Members can only vote for directors in their area.

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Homer Electric Association members will see an increase in their monthly bills beginning on Jan. 1. The average resident will see her bill go up by $1.49 per month.

Homer Electric spokesperson, Bruce Shelley, said 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 for HEA members,” he said.

Renewable energy is a priority for Jim Levine of Homer. As the District 3  representative on Homer Electric Association's Board of Directors, he is working on a community solar energy project.

Levine sat down with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson to talk about his board service and about renewable energy in Homer.

HEA Members Vote Against Deregulation

Dec 21, 2016
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Homer Electric Association members voted overwhelmingly against deregulation and the cooperative will remain under the oversight of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. About 70 percent of voters said they wanted the RCA, the agency which oversees public utilities in Alaska to continue the practice. HEA officials made the announcement Tuesday. 



Homer Residents Question HEA Deregulation

Sep 29, 2016
Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Homer Electric Association held an informational meeting on September 28 to answer questions about the upcoming vote on deregulation.

The meeting, which was held at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, attracted over 100 people. The overwhelming majority were HEA customers who expressed concerns about the consequences of deregulation.

HEA Launches Campaign for Deregulation

Aug 31, 2016
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Homer Electric Association has launched a campaign to convince their cooperative members to vote ‘yes’ for deregulation on an upcoming mail-in election ballot this fall.

HEA General Manager Brad Janorschke says by voting ‘yes’,  cooperative members would make HEA exempt from economic oversight by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and make the utility locally controlled.

Hydroelectric Plant Works to Meet Regulations

May 3, 2016
Quinton Chandler, KBBI News

About 27 miles northeast of Homer, there is a hydroelectric project still in its infancy. The plant, which hadn’t changed much since its construction just saw the completion of a major project and another one, could get underway in a few years.

Accidents And Power Outages After Heavy Snow

Feb 22, 2016
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Southern Kenai Peninsula saw a surprising amount of snow over the weekend along with rain showers. The inclement weather caused a number of traffic accidents and power outages.