Healy Unit 2 Power Plant Suffers Damage

At approx. 7:20pm on Thursday, March 3, GVEA’s Healy Unit 2 suffered damage to the coal feed system due to spontaneous combustion, commonly known in the industry as a “puff.” This also caused a small fire, which the Healy Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to, and was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries.

Healy Unit 1 was shut down due to the event and is due to be back online this evening.

GVEA is assessing the damage. An inspection and root-cause analysis will be performed next week. Healy Unit 2 will be down for a period of time, while the analysis and repairs take place.

GVEA Directors Elected

Tonight (June 11, 2015), Golden Valley Electric Association’s Election Committee certified election results for two seats on GVEA’s board of directors. Gary Newman was newly elected to District 4. In District 7, incumbent director Bill Nordmark was reelected. Ballots were mailed to all members residing in Districts 4 and 7 on May 8, 2015. Members had the option of returning ballots either by mail or electronically. A 10 percent ballot return was required for a quorum.

District 4  -  Ballots mailed: 6,063

  • Valid ballots returned:  1,036 votes – 17%
    • Frank Eagle, incumbent:  461 votes – 45%
    • Gary Newman:  571 votes – 55%

Eagle served on GVEA’s board for the past three years. Newman, will be seated at the June 22 board meeting.

District 7   -   Ballots mailed: 1,114

  • Valid ballots returned:  224 votes – 20%
    • Bill Nordmark, incumbent:  137 votes – 61%
    • Keith Walters:  87 votes – 39%

Nordmark, who ran against Keith Walters, was appointed to the board in 1995. He currently serves as chairman of the board.

More information on the voting districts and the candidates can be found at www.gvea.com.

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