2015 APA/AIE Annual Meeting
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Alaska Power Association is the statewide trade association that represents the electric utilities that supply power to more than a half-million Alaskans from Barrow to Unalaska, through the Interior and Southcentral, and down the Inside Passage.

In Alaska’s unique energy infrastructure, we pride ourselves on educating and providing for Alaska’s energy needs. We are leading the way by exploring the benefits of emerging technologies in clean, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy. Our innovative spirit is essential to meet the challenges of Alaska’s conditions.

The organization is governed by a board of directors composed of representatives from each of the electric cooperative and municipal member utilities. More than 90 percent of Alaskans receive electricity from either a cooperative or a municipal (publicly-owned) utility.

The mission of Alaska Power Association is to assist our members in accomplishing their goals of delivering electric energy and other services at the best value to their customers.
Electric cooperatives in Alaska joined together to form the Alaska Rural Electric Cooperative Association (ARECA) in 1952. Through the association’s advocacy and by sharing resources, cooperatives pioneered electricity service to many Alaska communities. Today, 90 percent of Alaskans receive their electricity from a consumer-owned cooperative.

In 1979, ARECA hired its first staff, an Executive Director, and began providing services that assist utility members with their goals of providing reliable service at the lowest reasonable cost.

ARECA’s advocacy has helped to keep rates to consumers low and strengthen Alaska’s energy systems. The Alaska Power Association (name changed in 2003) continues to advocate on behalf of the consumer-owner interests of its member utilities on current issues.

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Today, the organization has 12 staff members who provide governmental representation, industry information, insurance, safety and training, and various other services to member utilities and Alaska Power Association’s sister organizations — the ARECA Insurance Exchange, the ARECA Educational Foundation, and the ARECA Training Council.