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 About ML&P

 Mission - The mission of ML&P is to provide service with    
                                    competitive, safe, reliable energy.
  • Utility Profile (as of 12.31.10)
  • Services

    Municipal Light and Power (ML&P) services an area of 19.9 contiguous miles, including a large portion of the commercial and high-density residential areas of the Municipality.

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In 2009, ML&P served an average of 24,139 residential customers and 6,264 commercial customers.  ML&P also provides all-requirements power to two military bases. Approximately 83 percent of ML&P’s retail revenue comes from commercial accounts and military bases.

In 2009, ML&P sold 1,115,964 MWh to retail electric customers. Retail sales totaled $110,061,785. Sales to other utilities (Chugach Electric Association and Golden Valley Electric Association) for resale were $8,522,078. Total electric operating revenue for 2009 was $118,620,070.


    ML&P is regulated by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) which is composed of five members appointed to six-year staggered terms by the Governor and confirmed by the State Legislature. RCA regulations encompass service area definition, tariff rules and regulations, service quality criteria and establishment of recurring rates and charges.


    ML&P generates, transmits and distributes electric power and has a one-third working interest in the Beluga River Gas Field. ML&P operates seven gas-fired turbines and one heat-recovery turbine.  Five of the turbines are equipped to use No. 2 fuel oil as alternate fuel. ML&P also owns 53.33 percent of the Eklutna Hydroelectric Power Plant. 

     * Total Power Generated/Purchased in 2009       1,249,717 MWh

    ML&P Generated:             1,155,854 MWh 

                            Bradley Lake            93,863 MWh

     * Total Generation Capacity in 2009:  333.2 MW

                - Plant 1 (4 turbines, 2 diesel)                90        MW
                - Plant 2 (4 turbines)                            219.5     MW
                - Eklutna Power Plant (53.3%)                23.70   MW

     * Peak Power in 2009:                     186 MW

     * Transmission/Distribution System:

                -Underground cable               254   miles
                -Overhead cable                    131   miles distribution
                                                             25   miles transmission
                -18 substations
                -3 switch yards

    * Pursuant to the power sales agreement with the Alaska Energy Authority, ML&P is required to purchase 25.9% of the output of the Bradley Lake Project, which has 126 MW of installed capacity.


    Municipal Light & Power (ML&P) has seven operating divisions: Generation & Power Management, Operations, Finance, Systems and Communications, Customer Service, Engineering and Regulatory Affairs.  Managers for each of the divisions report directly to the General Manager.  Administrative and public relations functions are performed as part of the General Manager’s administration.

    James A. Trent, General Manager  
    Richard E. Miller, Chief Financial Officer/Assistant General Manager
    Mark Johnston, Regulatory Affairs Manager  
    Eugene Ori,  Generation Manager (acting)
    Beverly Jones, Customer Service Manager
    Mio Johnson, Chief Engineer
    Veronica Dent, Public Relations Manager

    Greg Eidam, Operations Manager  
    Terrance Pearson, Systems & Communications Manager 
    Vincent Perez, Safety Officer
    Patsy Gunn, Administration Manager

    ML&P had 248 employees as of December 31, 2009.  Of these employees, 178 were covered by a labor agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and 70 were non-represented (covered by municipal personnel rules).  

ML&P Commission
Judith Brady, Chair Term Ends: 2016
Treg Taylor, Vice-Chair Term Ends: 2014
Robert Shake, Treasurer,  Finance/Accounting Term Ends: 2016
Johnny O. Gibbons , Attorney Term Ends: 2014
Dale Nelson Term ends: 2015


Anchorage was a small tent city in the wilderness when the Alaska Engineering Commission (AEC) initiated electrical service in Anchorage in 1916. The City operated the electrical distribution system under a lease agreement, first with the AEC and later with the Alaska Railroad.  This lease agreement continued until 1932 when the city bought the electrical distribution system for $11,351.

A small steam plant and diesel power generators supplied Anchorage with electricity until 1929. That year, the private Anchorage Power & Light Company began supplying electricity from a hydroelectric power plant on the Eklutna River , 40 miles northeast of Anchorage .  In 1943, the city acquired the Eklutna Plant from Anchorage Power & Light Company.

In the mid-1940s, Anchorage ’s next major power source sailed into the port. Sacketts Harbor was a 10,000-ton T2 tanker that had broken up in the Aleutian Islands . The ship’s drive was electric, so Anchorage purchased it to generate electricity. From 1947 to 1955, Sacketts Harbor furnished 54 percent of the city’s power requirements.

In 1955, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation completed construction of a new larger plant on the Eklutna River and the City contracted for 16,000 kilowatts (kW) of generating capacity from that plant. At the same time, “Little” Eklutna was transferred to the federal government.

Between 1962 and 1984, ML&P installed seven turbine generating units fired by natural gas and one heat recovery steam turbine generating unit.  Five of the seven turbines have dual-fuel capability, which enhances ML&P’s reliability in the event of disruption of the natural gas transportation system.  In addition to its two power plants, ML&P operates 20 substations and is the south-end controller of the Anchorage-Fairbanks Intertie.

In 1996, ML&P, Chugach Electric Association and Matanuska Electric Association jointly took over the Eklutna Hydroelectric Power Plant. Later that year, ML&P purchased a one-third working interest in the Beluga River Gas Field, which establishes a guaranteed fuel supply and helps to stabilize fuel prices until about 2017.

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