“Most importantly, this merger reflects the wishes of consumers. Both the Municipality of Anchorage and Chugach Electric have made assurances that no property tax or rate increases are needed to pay for this transaction. And the operation of ML&P will still be held accountable to those who receive its power, through Chugach’s cooperative model. This merging of two electric utilities in a relatively small electric market is a reflection of the wishes of Anchorage residents over the past few decades. This was codified in the 2018 municipal election in Proposition 10. “
Public broadcasting is an essential service in Alaska and the APBC is a part of the service. Public broadcasting creates a more engaged public, from news and media announcements to Gavel Alaska, which allows the public access to legislative affairs and creates a more informed electorate. Supporting the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission is supporting public broadcasting funding.
In their proposed legislation, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s inclusion of other stakeholders besides the utilities co-ops themselves—notably, consumer and renewable energy advocates, member-owner representatives, and independent power producers—will make the Railbelt electric utility landscape more efficient, diverse, resilient and responsive.