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  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Newly Passed Senate Bill Could Ensure Reliable Electricity on Railbelt

Read a new blog article from ACEP Director Gwen Holdmann on a new electric reliability organization detailed in Alaska Senate Bill 123 which now goes to the governor for his signature . See the excerpt below and read the linked full article.

“We take reliable electric power services for granted most of the time. When we flip on the light switch or plug in our toaster, we expect the lights to come on and the smell of toasting bread to waft through our kitchen. We rarely think about all the things that happen behind the scenes to get that power to our light switches and our appliance outlets at the exact moment we need it. The electric power system works flawlessly most of the time — sort of like magic. But when you pull back the curtain, there really is a lot going on behind the scenes as utilities work the levers — both literally and figuratively — that keep the power continuously flowing through those electric power lines and into our homes.”


Golden Valley Electric Association's Dan Bishop (left) shows visiting energy professionals the substation behind the utility's battery energy storage system. GVEA is one of six electric utilities on the Railbelt. Photo by Amanda Byrd.