FEMA plans Homer meeting on flooding
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in Homer for a public meeting 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Cowles Council Chambers. FEMA recently completed a study that reevaluates the flood hazards present on the Homer Spit. A draft Flood Insurance Rate Map has been created that reflects the changes and is ready for public review. This change may affect mortgage loan requirements. If your property was outside a flood hazard area on the old maps and is now inside a flood hazard area on the new maps, your mortgage holder may now require you to carry flood insurance. FEMA requires property owners with a federally- backed mortgage in a flood hazard zone to purchase flood insurance. To look at the new maps, go to http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/planning/floodplains
Net metering minimum size requirement
Homer Electric Association is seeking RCA approval for requiring a minimum generator size to qualify for the coop’s net metering program. If approved users will need at least a 400-watt system to participate.
According to HEA, 52 customers presently participate in the net metering program with a 460 watt photovoltaic system being the smallest. HEA is worried that some seasonal customers are contemplating installing smaller, low cost photovoltaic (PV) systems as a way to avoid the 150 kWh System Delivery Charge.
General Manager Brad Janorschke contends that allowing seasonal customers to do so would burden the majority of HEA members with higher rates needed to cover costs of maintaining and operating the HEA distribution system for everyone. The tariff filing for RCA TA335-32 has been extended to July 23.
Visit the RCA website to download documents if you are interested in this issue. Rep. Paul Seaton, who sponsored legislation three years ago to initiate the net metering program, said this request is meant to close unfair loop holes in the new system.
Free business workshop coming up
The Alaska Small Business Development Center has scheduled the following two workshops for July 30 which will be held at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. FREE“Starting A Business” Seminar begins at 10 a.m. July 30. Bryan Zak will cover basic questions and offer helpful resources in a free two-hour workshop. He will prepare participants for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center and partner programs, and explain the value of free counseling services. Register by July 23. A $30 How To Write A Business Plan – workshop is 1 to 4 p.m. July 30. Go to http://aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com to register online before the deadline: Click Training events, go to Centers Location – select Kenai Peninsula, then browse to search for seminar, click Sign Up to complete registration.
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