HEA expects to increase rates
Homer Electric Association has submitted a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that increases the Cost of Power Adjustment from 3.603 cents per kilowatt hour to 4.884 cents per kilowatt hour. COPA reflects the cost of the fuel used to generate electricity purchased by HEA from Chugach Electric and is adjusted on a quarterly basis.
The increase in COPA is related to the shutdown of the state-owned Bradley Lake hydroelectric project during July and August for maintenance work. During that time, the low-cost hydro power normally produced at Bradley Lake had to be replaced with power from more expensive generation sources. The COPA revision will increase the blended rate (COPA plus energy rate) for HEA members from 16.362 cents to 17.643 cents per kilowatt hour. The new rate represents an additional $8.07 per month for the average HEA member using 630 kilowatt hours a month. Pending approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the new rate will be effective for all billings as of Oct. 1.
New grant to help with food, housing needs
According to recent data from Alaska 2-1-1, requests for assistance with food and other basic needs from Alaska residents living in Homer and the surrounding Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak communities has significantly increased during the first six months of 2012.
The first round of grants was distributed via the United Way of Anchorage on Friday. If you know of families experiencing financial crises, let them know about dialing 2-1-1 for assistance.
King salmon disaster declared for Cook Inlet
Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank declared a commercial fishery failure on Alaska’s Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers and in the Cook Inlet due to low Chinook salmon returns during the 2012 fishing season and previous years. The disaster declaration makes it possible for Congress to appropriate money toward alleviating the financial hardship to fishermen caused by the fishery disaster.
The public is invited to the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center for the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park annual membership meeting Friday at 7 p.m.
An inspirational slide show by Michael McBride of Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge titled “Protecting Parks: Lessons Learned in Africa.” Learn about upcoming park issues, support volunteer trail crews and learn about new benefits for Friends membership in 2013!
If you’re a longtime Friends supporter, or just want to know more about what is done to support the park, stop by for an evening of conversation about conservation. Check out their Facebook page for additional information or call Willy at 299-6226.
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