Sunday, April 21, 2019

VOTE GREEN: AK Railbelt Utility Elections Underway!

Many Alaskans on the Railbelt electric grid don't know they are utility association member-shareholders with voting rights.

Alaska is very fortunate to have the same electric cooperatives established during the Roosevelt New Deal era.  As such, each household that pays an electric bill gets to vote annually for members of their utility cooperative board of directors.  And elections are currently underway!

AKCAN! has endorsed Kerry Williams for Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), Mitchell Roth  for Chugach Electric Association (CEA) and Erin McKittrik for Homer Electric Association (HEA).

All three candidates have demonstrated a strong commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.  They know how to do it through energy efficiency measures and deployment of renewable energy and pumped hydro energy storage while keeping member electricity rates low, and protecting the health of Cook Inlet communities, the environment and our future.

To learn more about the candidates, election and annual meeting dates and how you can make a difference visit AKCAN's new Utility Member Action Campaign page.

Especially if you've never voted before - now is the time to use your VOTE and VOICE to elect GREEN members of the board of directors for Alaska's Railbelt grid.

Please spread the word and happy Earth Day!

Learn more about the candidates:

Kerry Williams, Matanuska Electric Association HERE.
Mitchell Roth, Chugach Electric Association HERE.
Erin McKittrik, Homer Electric Association, OpEd HERE and video interview HERE.  

Update on the AKCAN investigation into Alaska oil and gas emissions

A recent Alaska Institute for Climate & Energy investigation of oil and gas industry emissions revealed that industry is flaring or vent...