by Amy Murphy
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) announced the Top Ten Power Plant Operators of 2017 during its recent annual meeting in Anchorage. The following plant operators received recognition for their outstanding achievements:
Freddie John and Peter Lincoln of Toksook Bay, Ray Abner Hawley of Kivalina, Jim Duffy of Russian Mission, Mariann David of Mekoryuk, Mickey Ashby of Noatak, David Peterson of Mt. Village, Michael Gumlikpuk of New Stuyahok, Rudy Hamilton of Shageluk and James Bright Jr. of Goodnews Bay.
AVEC has more than 100 plant operators that are hired by the cities to handle the day-to-day operation of the power generation plants and make sure the lights stay on in their communities. The Top 10 Operators of the Year are selected based on their year-round performance of the following criteria: responsiveness to requests for assistance from consumers and AVEC personnel; performing duties satisfactorily, including routine maintenance; running the most efficient generator to maximize fuel efficiency; keeping the daytank full of fuel; total hours of unscheduled power outages; keeping the plant clean and an inventory of normal routine maintenance materials on hand; and turning in completed paperwork.
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is a member-owned, non-profit cooperative that provides electric power to 58 Alaskan villages and more than 11,300 meters.