Under 3 AAC 108.200 – 240, the Alaska Energy Authority provides on-call emergency response to a communities to reduce imminent threat to life or property during extended power outages.
If an eligible utility suffers an electrical emergency, the
Authority will, subject to the availability of appropriations, assist the
utility in responding to the emergency and recovering the ability to generate
and transmit power to the utility's customers. Assistance may include financial
assistance or technical assistance, including emergency repairs.
"Electrical emergency" means a condition in a
utility's system that presents an imminent danger to life or likelihood of
significant disruption of electrical service.
AEA responds to a real or potential emergency situation
before disaster or major loss occurs.
Emergency response can include the repair of existing infrastructure or
the procurement and/or installation of new equipment including engines,
generators, and transformers.
Current funding is by Alaska legislative appropriation for
procurement of labor, materials, and equipment during the emergency.
For an up-to-date snapshot of the AEA’s Electrical Emergency Assistance program, please see our downloadable Factsheet.
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AEA's goal is to reach an eligible community that has an electrical utility emergency within 48 hours. By responding quickly, potential damage is significantly reduced. The logistics and weather of rural Alaska is a significant factor that can delay the response. Establishing good communication pathways with the utilities and the State Emergency Operation Center is key to reducing the time needed to respond and restore power.
If you are a rural Alaskan utility, and have an emergency, and you would like help restoring power in your village please contact the AEA front desk during normal business hours at 907-771-3000. If it is after hours, you may call the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, State Emergency Operation Office at 907-428-7100. This number it is monitored during off hours by the Wasilla police dispatch and routed to the appropriate personnel.