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

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

Service Connects and Disconnects

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 by

This article provides basic information to help streamline the process of getting electric power hooked up. To connect, disconnect or transfer an existing electric service, call AVEC’s Member Services department at 1-800-478-1818. To start a new service, call AVEC’s Operations Department, which is responsible for coordinating and implementing new service connects. Detailed information about these

If you received Heating Assistance from the State of Alaska this past winter, you need to plan ahead now for how you are going to pay for your heat this coming winter. State of Alaska budget cuts have resulted in the elimination of the Alaska Affordable Heating Program, which assisted households with income between 151%

Proper Ground Is Important

Friday, 08 January 2016 by

By Bill Stamm. What is Ground? In a home electrical system, “ground” is literally the earth. Electrical equipment and receptacles are grounded to prevent personal injury and equipment damage. In modern house wiring there are three wires. One of the wires is a ground wire, which runs back to the main service panel and is

Rural Alaska Communities to Receive $4 Million for Energy Efficiency.  U.S. Department of Energy partners with rural Alaska communities to improve energy efficiency….   Anchorage – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it intends to make available four million dollars to the Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency (RACEE) Competition for small Alaska communities

There is a Cooperative Difference

Thursday, 22 October 2015 by

While all electric utilities offer the same product, where it comes from makes a difference By Adam Schwartz. In the U.S., most people receive their electricity from one of three types of utilities: investor-owned, municipal-owned or through their electric cooperative, which is owned and controlled by the people who use it. In the investor-owned model,

This is a nice article about AVEC.