As we move out of isolation toward more normal business and social activity, it’s important to recognize all the front-line workers and businesses who have gone above and beyond to help us weather the coronavirus pandemic. One group often overlooked is the electric utilities. Reliable electric power provides a crucial piece of normality in our upside-down pandemic world.
In the Anchorage area, electricity is provided by the Chugach Electric Association and Anchorage Municipal Light and Power, which are in the process of merging. Early on, the utilities coordinated their pandemic response by opening emergency operations centers, rearranging employee schedules and meeting daily to stay ahead of the rapidly changing situation. As in other essential businesses, many are working from home with schools closed and no child care, while others work 12-hour shifts on alternate days to reduce contact in the office and plant sites.
An easy way to show you’ve noticed their hard work is to vote in the Chugach Electric Board of Directors election, going on now until June 15. The information you need is online at chugachelectric.com under Annual Meeting. It only takes a couple minutes.
Please log in and be counted. Thank you, Chugach!
— Mitchell Roth
CEA Board candidate
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