Good¢ents Grants Awarded in February 2019

The Good¢ents Board of Trustees met in February. Eight applications were reviewed, and seven grants totaling $41,482 were awarded. Here’s a summary of these recent grants:

  • Cold Climate Housing Research Center: $4,603 grant to create an educational bicycle generator.
  • Fairbanks Council of PTAs: $3,000 grant to support the annual Interior Alaska Science Fair.
  • Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living: $4,861 grant for the purchase of a one-person maintenance lift.
  • Interior Alaska Medical Clinic: $8,700 grant towards the purchase and installation of a 50kW backup generator.
  • Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center: $8,358 grant to assist with a lighting-upgrade project.
  • North Star Imagination Library: $6,500 grant towards the purchase of books for children.
  • UA Museum of the North: $5,460 grant for both a technology upgrade, as well as an upgrade to gallery seating.

All grants from the Good¢ents Foundation are awarded to nonprofit organizations within GVEA’s service area. Applications are reviewed quarterly in February, May, August and November by a volunteer board of trustees. The next application deadline is April 30, 2019. Applications and more information about the program can be found online here.

Good¢ents is funded by the generous members of Golden Valley Electric Association. Since the program began in 2011, GVEA members have funded grants totaling $951,478.

Thank you to all of the members who voluntarily “round up” their monthly billing statement to the next dollar. The cents you contribute is greatly appreciated and really makes a difference within the communities GVEA serves.

(Posted to GVEA's Blog on Feb 27, 2019.)

GVEA Seeks Clarification on Qualifying Facility Status of Eco Green Generation’s Proposed Project

GVEA has been advised by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has no record of Eco Green Generation LLC’s (EGG) application for status as a qualifying facility (QF). Consequently, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) has suspended further work on its compliance filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).

GVEA has requested EGG to provide appropriate documentation regarding its FERC certification as a QF. GVEA received an interconnection request from EGG in a letter dated December 26, which indicated that its project was a FERC-certified QF. Under regulations adopted by the RCA, utilities must consider interconnection requests from QFs projects.

“We’ve suspended our interconnection study, pending an appropriate response from EGG,” said Cory Borgeson, GVEA’s President and CEO. “These types of filings consume a great deal of staff time and expense borne directly by our members. Before any more time is invested, we want to make sure EGG is a FERC-certified qualifying facility.”

If EGG seeks FERC certification, FERC will determine if EGG’s proposal (which consists of eleven different fossil fuel-fired generators scattered throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough and wind turbines located in Delta) meets the requirements and intent of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

Not only are we concerned about EGG’s proposal meeting the technical requirements of FERC, we have environmental concerns. EGG’s proposed project will burn fossil fuels (e.g., LNG, propane and/or diesel fuel) within the Fairbanks and North Pole areas, which could have an adverse impact on PM 2.5 levels.

“Our doors are open to independent power producers,” Borgeson said. “We are always looking for projects that lessen the environmental impact of providing GVEA members with safe, reliable energy without raising our members’ rates.


Note:  Additional documents are available to read on this subject:

  • To read the Feb 6, 2019 letter from GVEA counsel McDowell Rackner Gibson PC to Eco Green Generation LLC, which explains the same contents in this press release, click here.
  • To read the Jan 4, 2019 press release that GVEA posted on their blog, click here.

(Posted to GVEA's Blog on Feb 7, 2019.)

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