Fred Sheen – Bio
Occupation/Employer: Retired Lineman, IBEW 1547, 30+ years of service
Education: Journeyman Lineman, private pilot license, Class A CDL, Certified Crane Operator
Personal interests/hobbies: I love the great outdoors of Alaska – hunting, fishing, boating and flying. I’ve been retired for over a year and find time to volunteer for church groups and the Rural Deltana Fire Department.
Organization affiliation: Fireman, Rural Deltana Fire Department, October 2021-present
Why are you interested in running for a seat on GVEA’s board?
I’ve learned so much at GVEA and in prior board positions. I have a lot to give back and I can’t imagine stopping just because I’ve retired. I believe the experiences I have gained and my contributions thus far have the potential to be more valuable than ever. I would consider it to be an honor and privilege to serve and represent District 6.
What business, technical and governance knowledge, skills and experience will you bring to GVEA’s Board of Directors?
I have worked for GVEA for Approximately 15 years as Delta division supervisor both in Delta and Lineman in Fairbanks. During that time, I got to know the wonderful staff and the ins and outs of daily operations of the organization. I have been very fortunate in my career to have worked with so many professional Individuals and consider them all of them to be like family. During my tenure I worked on many Projects to include Jarvis Creek Substation expansion project, John Brown Generation, Static VAR compensator (SVC), Ring buss, 138KV Line extension to the Ground base Missile Defense, and Pogo Mine. Delta Junction is a beautiful and wonderful location to work, live, and raise a family. I have had the pleasure to meet many residents during power outages and construction projects to bring power to homes and businesses. In addition, I became a Delta junction Chamber of Commerce board member and president and board member of Alaska State Chamber. I organized the first local chamber outreach committee, which met monthly telephonically, and traveled quarterly to board meetings all over the state and did extensive networking and lobbying in Juneau.
What do you perceive as your role and responsibilities as a GVEA Director?
I think the number one role and responsibility is to establish strategic initiatives such as new power generation project ideas for the organization. Hiring the president and CEO and delegating authority as such to perform their responsibilities. Reviewing the CEO annually for performance.
What specific things would you like to accomplish as a GVEA Director?
I think the number one issue on the table is the fate of the Healy Clean Coal Project. Do we continue funding it or look for a better fiscally responsible power generation. The current fuel surcharges are unacceptable as a long-term energy strategy.
What do you think should be GVEA’s energy goals and objectives?
Eliminate in the near future all fuel surcharges by implementing new generation projects.
What would you do to position GVEA for the future?
GVEA will always be expanding, and we must meet and /or exceed those expectations and eliminate the fuel charge.