Due to the dramatic rise of new COVID-19 cases in the Interior, Golden Valley Electric Association is postponing Member Night scheduled for Friday, October 1.
As a not-for-profit community cooperative, GVEA is guided by three core principles: Safety, Mission Focus and Fiscal Responsibility. It is with safety in mind that we regrettably postpone our celebratory Member Night. We look forward to holding this community event at a later date, when COVID-19 cases in the Interior have decreased, and celebrating with our members.
This was a difficult decision, as there is much to celebrate. GVEA was excited to mark 75 years of service to our members and kick off National Cooperative Month with the community. There is lot to be proud of!
Seventy-five years ago, nine pioneers met to form GVEA. These early residents of Fairbanks wanted to bring reliable electricity to the rural areas of Interior Alaska. They were familiar with the hardship and frustration of living without electricity and were determined to solve the problem. They recognized what we’ve come to take for granted – electricity is key to quality of life, creating jobs, fueling growth and powering economies.
Over the past 75 years, GVEA has leveraged service and innovation to make incredible progress, from building the largest battery storage system in the world, to establishing the largest wind farm in Alaska and developing the first large scale solar farm in the state. While operating in challenging conditions, GVEA provides electricity to over 100,000 residents with 99.9% reliability. But the electric industry of today is not the electric industry of yesterday, and it will not be the electric industry of tomorrow. GVEA will rely on the legacy of service and innovation to move to the future.
To all employees, members, stakeholders and friends – you are our community owned cooperative, you are GVEA. Thank you for your continued support, it’s been our honor to serve you over the past 75 years, and we look forward to 75 more.