YOUR ELECTRIC BILL
ISSUES ON THE MOVE!
Chugach Electric Historical Summary Chart PRO-CONSUMER vs IBEW UNION INFLUENCED BOARD MEMBERS & GENERAL MANAGERS
ISSUES ON THE MOVE!
WATCH if concerned about your electric bill:
3/16/18 - Alaska Policy Forum - Prop. 10 - ML&P sale to Chugach Electric is a poison pill that will block REAL customer savings for years
12/19/07: Unprecedented Blue Ribbon Panel of top executives tasked by reform board to investigate Chugach Electric problems
July 23, 2009 - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's 2009 Transition Team Report [Utilities Section] Candid treatment of ML&P and other Southern Railbelt electric utilities. Not new generation but all parts of the customer value chain, especially distribution covered. The poor economic value received by electric customers is specifically identified.
Provided by Chugach Electric under member information bylaw
5/5/11 - Conflict of Interest - Union Friendly Chugach Electric Candidates (Alex Gimarc) The IBEW wants favorable treatment when their contracts come up for renewal.
4/28/11 - The forces behind candidates matter (Alex Gimarc) About IBEW Union front group "Chugach Reliability"
DIRECTOR VOTING SCORE Who are the Consumer Champions and who are the Sellouts?
their votes you shall
Save money without freezing in the dark!
DON'T BE FOOLED!
Reiser, Robbins, Crawford, Henderson are the official IBEW Union Candidates!
FRONT GROUPS OF THE IBEW UNION:
UPCOMING LABOR NEGOTIATIONS for extensions to
with IBEW on both sides of the bargaining table.
IT'S NOT OVER: WARNING TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE ML&P - CHUGACH MERGER PROCESS AT THE RCA
2019 Election Results
4,673 Chastain – Elected
2019 Chugach Electric Elections
Chugach Consumers 2019 recommendations:
VOTE" ONLY FOR Harold HOLLIS
BOARD STATUS: Out of seven seats, there are NO clearly pro-consumer directors. Chugach Consumers recommends maximizing your voting power. Vote for only one director, Harold HOLLIS.
NO on the two bylaws changes
Four candidates are running for two slots on the Board. They are all pooled together; the top two vote getters will be seated:
is running again on a green
power platform (see the Chugach Green Energy
website). He deceptively claims, "Lower electric rates through renewable energy".
The reality is his agenda will cause your electric bill to go
Board Qualifications - The background for this is that
two directors, Bettina Chastain and Sisi Cooper, were found last year to be
living in the ML&P, not Chugach Electric, service territory, thus they
were on the board without authority. Sisi Cooper resigned but Board chair
Chastain was able to evade the requirements by claiming she was actually
living in a Girdwood cabin instead of her obvious home overlooking
Westchester Lagoon. We recommend voting against the Board Qualifications bylaw change
because if current language is being ignored, why will new language help?
And there is better, tighter language that could have been used, but wasn't.
This is just another grossly deceptive Chugach Electric statement. First triple it because consumers will additionally pay any increased electric costs paid by the MOA passed through in higher property taxes and in increased prices in stores to pay the higher electric costs hit by businesses. Furthermore, the airfares, hotel, lodging costs and fees for the "training" are easily as much or more than the director pay collected on the trip. Try $2/year as a more accurate cost you will pay for more director travel excursions.
They want 20 days within a calendar year for attending conferences and educational seminars...it's a ridiculous and brazen ask!
The reality is that Chugach Electric and all the Railbelt utilities should be considered to be in crisis. Alaska electricity costs to consumers have soared and now are the second highest in the nation, just behind Hawaii!
If these directors were actually getting top-flight training on electric utility
performance measures and how to competently hire, give direction to
utility CEO's, and demand results, we wouldn't be in this situation.
But the training doesn't do that... What they are getting is softball,
non-challenging training and it's just an excuse for more travel junketing. We strongly
recommend a NO vote!
2018 Election results
Valid Ballots Cast: 6,789
Top two elected to four year terms:
Right after these results were announced,normally board officers are elected by the board in a special meeting. But this time they adjourned without taking up that agenda item (probably because of uncertainties over the status of Directors Chastain and Cooper because they live in the ML&P service territory in likely violation of the Chugach bylaws.
2018 Chugach Electric Elections
Chugach Consumers 2018 recommendations:
VOTE" ONLY FOR Harold HOLLIS
BOARD STATUS: Out of seven seats, before this election, it had NO pro-consumer directors. Chugach Consumers recommends maximizing your voting power. Vote for only one director, Harold HOLLIS.
to Vote YES on the two bylaws changes
Our research on candidates:
Four candidates are running for two slots on the Board:
Henderson, incumbent is teaming up with Mitchell Roth on a green
power platform (see their Chugach Green Energy
Interestingly, he applied for the board vacancy left by Janet Reiser on the Chugach board but lost to Rachel Morse on a 6-1 vote with Board Chair Chastain voting no because she wanted Harold Hollis [12/26/17].
IBEW Union is so confident of its absolute control of Chugach Electric, it is not even bothering to make any endorsements in this election Meet Our Candidates!
Bettina Chastain is the Chugach Electric Board Chair
(YES 65.08% - No 34.92%) of the Prop 10 election vote below were completely predictable
considering that 100.00% of all the flood of advertising by Chugach Electric was for a YES vote. However, the issues raised
opponents to Prop 10 are still even more applicable than ever to how Chugach Electric
APRIL MOA ELECTION
Authorize sale of ML&P to Chugach Electric in $1 billion deal
Mayor Berkowitz and Chugach Electric keep MOA voters and Chugach members in the DARK. Appallingly little information available for this enormous deal.
So, Ray Kreig did a report with the Alaska Policy Forum and he personally now recommends:
VOTE NO ON PROP 10
4/22/17 - Alaska Politics & Elections - The Snow River Dam - Alex Gimarc - This was a missed opportunity to diversify our energy generation, move a bit closer to meeting the state’s goal of 50% renewable energy by 2025. That need will instead be met with natural gas or coal. It will not be met by moonbeans or unicorn flatulence (wind, solar or tidal) or wishful thinking...
Chugach Electric Association (Chugach or CEA) early March proposed a 75 MW electric generation dam across the Snow River some 15 miles north of Seward. Reaction by the local NIMBYs, BANANAs and all the usual suspects in the anti-development crowd was immediate, negative, and deafening. It took a mere seven weeks for Chugach to kill the project to the cheers of all the Usual Suspects egged on by Alice Rogoff’s fish wrapper. Alice helped kill the project by pandering to the “any development will kill all the fish” crowd
...this entire event is a failure of leadership, not from the CEA staff, but by the Chugach Electric Board of Directors. The IBEW [Union] exclusively populated the Board with their candidates since 2011. They all think alike. They all are fully compliant. And every single one of them hung the Chugach staff out to dry.
4/21/17 - Craig Medred - The NIMBY state - Before scientists in Alaska ever got a chance to study what might have been the strangest of all hydroelectric projects – one that could benefit salmon – it died in the face of public outrage. Only weeks passed between the time the Chugach Electric Association first announced it was looking into the idea of a dam on the Kenai Peninsula’s Snow River, and the cooperative’s announcement it was abandoning that idea.
2017 Chugach Electric Elections
Chugach Consumers 2017 recommendations are the same as last year!
VOTE" ONLY FOR Ron STAFFORD
BOARD STATUS: Out of seven seats, before this election, it had NO pro-consumer directors. Three candidates are running for two seats. Chugach Consumers recommends maximizing your voting power. Protest vote for only one director, Ron STAFFORD, the only candidate not endorsed by the IBEW-Union front group.
2016 Chugach Electric Elections
Chugach Consumers 2016 recommendations are the same as last year!
2015 Chugach Electric Elections
Chugach Consumers recommendations:
VOTE" ONLY FOR Ron STAFFORD
BOARD STATUS: Out of seven seats, before this election, it had NO pro-consumer directors. Four candidates are running for three seats. Chugach Consumers recommends maximizing your voting power. Protest vote for only one director, Ron STAFFORD, the only candidate not endorsed by the IBEW-Union front group.
Voting for one candidate only gives your vote extra weight by denying the other two votes to the IBEW Union.
Irrespective of the results of this or near term future elections, the IBEW Union will continue to have absolute control of the Chugach Electric board.
FOUR candidates are running for THREE seats on the board.
Legislative roundtable looks at options for reducing Railbelt power costs - Sean Doogan | Alaska Dispatch News - September 6, 2014 - Two lawmakers think the transco/ISO idea might not go far enough. Reps. Charisse Millett and Craig Johnson, both Anchorage Republicans, have another option: combine all Railbelt utilities into one company.
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