Today is a special one for Golden Valley Electric. On this day, 75 years ago, nine pioneers executed the Articles of Incorporation for GVEA. Milestones like this are opportunities for us to reflect on and celebrate all that has been accomplished over the past 75 years.
Over the many decades of our cooperative’s history, our mission has remained essentially the same: safe delivery of reliable electric to our members at fair and reasonable prices. The quality of our employees has also remained unchanged. From the first hire of a bookkeeper in 1948 to the nearly 280 employees today, GVEA has consistently employed outstanding individuals. They are all family, friends, community leaders and members of this cooperative, just like you, working hard each day to fulfill our mission. I am proud of all they continue to accomplish.
Our 75th anniversary is a celebration of GVEA’s legacy, its long journey, who we are today and our exciting future ahead. Seventeen people attended what was GVEA’s first organizational meeting. Nearly 100,000 Interior members are now served by the cooperative in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Nenana, Healy and Cantwell, and out to 48-mile Steese Highway, 11-mile Elliot Highway and 26-mile Chena Hot Springs Road. We’ve come a long way and owe a great deal to the nine original incorporators.
As part of our ongoing effort to expand renewable energy and reach our carbon reduction goal, while not adversely affecting reliability or rates, we will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for 15-30 MW of renewable energy this month. We are dedicated to continuing to add renewable power to the system in addition to a diverse fuel supply of coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric power. I am proud of GVEA’s commitment to innovative and exciting energy solutions for the past 75 years and look forward to all that is to come.
To all our employees, members, stakeholders and friends – I thank you for your continued support of Golden Valley Electric Association. We look forward to sharing more history and milestones with you in celebration of our 75th Anniversary throughout the year via Ruralite Magazine, local publications and our website and social platforms.
Here’s to another 75 fantastic years.
John Burns, President & CEO