GVEA asks every candidate the following questions. Read other candidates' answers here.

 

What business, technical and governance knowledge, skills and experience will you bring to GVEA’s Board of Directors?

ALISON: I have over 20 years of experience in business and accounting.  I began as a bookkeeper for a small manufacturing business and financial analyst for a government contractor while earning a bachelors’ degree in business-accounting at San Diego State University.  My five years as a financial auditor for KPMG, an international CPA firm, brought me to Alaska in 1992.  I served a local not-for-profit as business manager for six years and concluded my accounting career as assistant controller for Doyon Limited. 

In 2015, I graduated cum laude from law school and currently provide legal services to domestic violence survivors.  I’ve volunteered on many not-for-profit boards over the years, usually as Treasurer. My 2016-2019 service on the GVEA Member Advisory Committee as Secretary and Chair provided me an in-depth understanding of GVEA issues. My strengths are critical thinking, complex problem-solving, and considering all perspectives whether represented at the table or not.

 

What do you perceive as your role and responsibilities as a GVEA Director?

ALISON: My responsibility is to represent the best interests of member-owners and the broader community while staying true to the seven cooperative principals.  I will uphold my ethical and legal duties to remain free of conflicts of interest, exercise due diligence and fiscal responsibility, and represent GVEA in a professional manner.  I will support strategic goals that strive for lower rates while ensuring long-term financial stability.  I will advocate for policies that ensure transparency, support member-owner engagement, and promote worker safety among other priorities.  I will focus on the long term by staying abreast of industry, economic, and regulatory trends.

 

What specific things would you like to accomplish as a GVEA Director?

ALISON: 

  • Implement On-Bill Financing that uses free federal loans to cover the cost of energy saving home improvements.  Members repay the loan through small monthly charges to their electric bill, which is offset by savings brought by the improvements.  The loan stays with the property until fully paid, so no personal debt accrues to the homeowner.
  • Study the feasibility of delivering reliable and affordable broadband to every GVEA service location.  Affordable internet access is no longer a luxury, but an economic imperative.
  • Expand deployment of electro-static precipitators (ESP) in PM2.5 hotspots.
  • Explore a financial “stop-loss” strategy to address concerns about worker safety and frequent shut-downs for expensive repairs at Healy 2.
  • Partner with a local social service agency to assist members in temporary financial crisis with electric bill payments.  This will reduce dangerous and costly service disconnects and freeze-ups.  All funding would be provided through voluntary donations from the community.

 

What do you think GVEA’s energy goals and objectives should be?

ALISON: 

  • GVEA’s overall goal should be to find modern solutions to our aging power generation infrastructure that lead to our community’s economic growth through lower rates, and healthier lives through cleaner air.
  • Encourage more power sharing up and down the intertie through aggressive upgrades to transmission capability, reliability, and rate structures through the Railbelt Reliability Council.
  • Maintain a diversified inventory of power and fuel sources with less dependence on sources subject to volatile pricing and regulatory forces. 
  • Position the utility to allow cost effective purchases from independent power producers (IPPs).  Supporting the success of IPPs promotes innovation and local economic development, and adds diversity and resilience to our power source inventory.
  • Exceed the already established 26% carbon reduction goal by 2030.  I support reframing the policy to allow credit for beneficial electrification projects, such as electric vehicle charging stations, and other projects not directly tied to a per megawatt calculation.

 

What would you do to position GVEA for the future?

ALISON: 

  • Remain open to all existing and emerging technology and fuel sources.

  • Develop cooperative relationships with other railbelt board members to better understand the needs of each while developing a mutually beneficial Railbelt Reliability Council.  A robust RRC will streamline access to lower cost and cleaner energy, translating to lower rates and healthier communities.

  • Explore the feasibility of micro grid projects to secure local power generation in the case of catastrophic events.

  • Develop state-of-the-art power storage facilities to better regulate local renewable projects and store low cost purchased power. 

  • Develop creative strategies for protecting against liability in high fire risk areas.

 

Paid for by Alison Carter for GVEA. PO Box 73224, Fairbanks, AK 99707