AVEC Members Push For New Tank Farm, Power Plant In Bethel Meeting

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The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative held its annual meeting for Bethel members at the Cultural Center last week. One focus of the meeting was to choose a delegate to send to Anchorage for the utility’s annual meeting. Members also got to submit resolutions for consideration at the annual meeting in April.

Meera Kohler, AVEC’s CEO, says that Mike Shantz has been selected to represent Bethel in Anchorage.

Kohler said that a resolution was submitted from Bethel members requesting both a new tank farm, and a new power plant that could help add capacity when the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital expansion is complete. That new power plant could come with a $40 to $50 million price tag.

If passed, another resolution submitted at the meeting would require that AVEC changes its bylaws to require future AVEC board members to live in the communities that the utility serves.