Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Welcome

Welcome to the HEA Member's forum. Use this blog to communicate with your co-op and the other member ratepayers who own it along with you.

Please post comments (to do this click below on "COMMENTS") to begin a dialogue.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that HEA members are entitled to have cost analyses for the realistic geothermal, natural gas and hydroelectric options in the region compared to the Healy Coal before any more money is spent on Healy's developement. The cost analysis of Healy must include cost factors for mitigating CO2 and mercury emissions.

Mike Kennedy said...

Is this "Blog" forum the best way for all HEA members to collaborate and communicate their ideas to each other? If not please suggest other means for communicating

How should the conclusions reached through this forum be communicated to HEA's management? Perhaps we can link all the comments to HEA's website.

Anyone willing to be a liaison between HEA members and HEA management?

Mike O'Meara said...

Excerpted from October 22, 2007Anchorage Daily New story, Arctic Alaska villages caught in slow-motion disaster onslaught:

"Newtok, Shishmaref, and Kivalina are the canaries in the mine that is global warming, which is eating river banks, thawing permafrost and delaying the annual formation of shore-fast ice that protects coastal towns from fall sea storms."

"Moving Newtok, a Bering Sea coast town of 315 being squished and swamped by two rivers, could cost as much as $130 million. Or $412,000 per person."

"Moving Shishmaref, a strip of sand in the Chukchi Sea that’s home to about 600 people, could cost as much as $200 million. Or $330,000 per person."

"Moving Kivalina, a shrinking barrier island in the Chukchi that last month saw most of its 380 residents run for safety from the season’s first storm, could cost as much as $125 million. Or $330,000 per person."

"Meanwhile, millions more are needed to protect people and facilities threatened by catastrophic erosion until they move."

"Where will all the money come from?"

Perhaps the utilities that generate power from coal and produce the CO2 responsible for this problem need to pay these costs. Do HEA members really want to switch to coal generation?