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Each year, the Citizen of the Year award recognizes the contributions of a Native who has demonstrated strong commitment, dedication and service to the Alaska Native community and to rural Alaska. The award is bestowed upon an individual selected by the Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors for exemplary work that has improved the

For the past three years, we have enjoyed the benefits of a depressed fuel market that has, unfortunately, also resulted in a severe budget shortfall for the state of Alaska. We have all felt the impacts of that budget shortfall, with critical services cut and programs sharply reduced. As the state’s coffers have depleted, the

For the third time since the bylaws were amended, every AVEC member has a chance to vote on their choices to fill vacant seats on the AVEC board of directors. To start selecting candidates for those seats, the AVEC Board has recently appointed a nominating committee of seven individuals who served as delegates at the

Why Capital Credits?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 by

By Adam Schwartz of The Cooperative Way. Capital credits, patronage dividends, patronage refunds—these are all familiar terms with similar meanings: the allocation of operating margins as equity and, when appropriate, retiring them to the members of the co-op in the form of money or credit on the bill. The retirement of capital credits is one

It’s Community Annual Meeting Time!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 by

AVEC is always looking for ideas and suggestions to improve the electric power you receive or help reduce the cost. One easy way for you to share these suggestions is by attending the annual community meeting. Your involvement can help ensure you continue to receive reliable, affordable power. Community meetings are just one small part

For the third time since the bylaws were amended, every AVEC member has a chance to vote on their choices to fill vacant seats on the AVEC board of directors. To start selecting candidates for those seats, the AVEC Board recently appointed a nominating committee of seven individuals who served as delegates at the 2017

By Derrill Holly, Staff writer at NRECA. Alaska cooperative executives see potential in offsetting high diesel costs. Alaska Village Electric Cooperative spent $26 million on diesel fuel last year to provide energy to its members. That cost swings dramatically as world oil prices change, so officials see hybrid microgrids, harnessing renewable energy and emerging technologies

Major Growth in Co-op Wind Energy

Thursday, 24 August 2017 by

By Steven Johnson, Staff Writer (NRECA) 8/24/2017 The U.S. Energy Department is reporting a growth spurt in wind energy, including half of planned renewable generation additions at electric cooperatives. In a series of reports on wind energy, DOE said that wind generators added more than 8,200 megawatts of capacity in 2016, representing about 27 percent

We regularly get inquiries from members interested in wind or solar power for themselves. One of their top questions is: Do we “net-meter” consumer-owned generation? The short answer is no. Operating and maintaining an electric utility in our villages is expensive, which is why our rates are as high as they are. We will certainly

It hardly seems possible that half of 2017 has already slipped by into history. Everything at AVEC has shifted into high gear. You will see a lot of new AVEC faces in your communities as we welcome seasonal employees to help us with all of your service needs.    You also will hear new voices

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