Community Partnerships

As a publicly owned utility, Municipal Light & Power is deeply committed to the health and well-being our community. We partner with the Municipality of Anchorage and other organizations to support education; our military, veterans and their families; energy conservation; community and business events; and diversity in all that we do. Our employees extend this commitment through their volunteer efforts. We’re your neighbors and your public electric utility.

To schedule a presentation, plant tour, sponsorship or to discuss other ways that we may serve you, contact ML&P Public Relations at harrisja@muni.org.

Partners In Education

ML&P is committed to supporting education in our community, from mentoring college students pursuing a career in the electric industry, to grade-school students learning how to be safe around and conserve energy.

Career & College

  • DEED scholarships: The American Public Power Association awards several types of scholarships each year to university students as part of its Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments Program. APPA is the service organization for the nation’s community-owned electric utilities. DEED is APPA’s research program that funds innovative, energy related research. As a DEED member, ML&P is proud to participate in this program. Application deadlines vary throughout the year. For more information on applying connect to DEED’s scholarship information at www.publicpower.org/DEED or contact DEED program staff at 202-467-2942 or DEED@PublicPower.org.
  • APA scholarship: The Hank Nikkels scholarship is named after a 25-year management employee of ML&P—a leader in Alaska’s electric industry who died in 2002. The APA membeship established a scholarship in his memory to help ensure future electic utilty leaders have an opportunity to further their education in the electric power industry. APA recently has begun to parter with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 to increase the number of Alaskans going into the trades by providing scholarships for Alaskans interested in working in the electic industry. For more information, visit www.alaskapower.org.
  • Internships: From time-to-time, ML&P recruits interns for its Engineering and Operations divisions. Check the Jobs section of the website for current listings.

K-12

  • Electrical safety presentation for fourth and fifth grades: ML&P representatives come to your classroom to provide students with information designed for the fourth and fifth grades on how to be safe around electricity. Basic facts about electricity are discussed to allow students to fully understand its concept. The presentation also helps students recognize the importance of electricity in our daily lives. Presentation includes a 20-minute video, The Shocking Truth About Electricity. A short discussion and interactive demonstration. Educational materials are distributed to teachers and students at the end of the presentation. (Approximately 1 hour)
  • PowerSmart calendar art contest for fourth and fifth grades: Each year, ML&P sponsors its PowerSmart calendar art contest for all fourth and fifth grade students in the Anchorage School District. Students are encouraged to participate by submitting artwork demonstrating energy conservation and/or electric safety. Thirteen entries are selected by an ML&P employee committee and are printed in a limited-edition calendar. Winning entries receive prizes. Informational posters and entry forms are delivered to all elementary schools early in September and also are available on the ML&P website at www.mlandp.com.
  • Power Pledge Challenge: ML&P partners with REAP, Chugach Electric, AEL&P and MEA for this annual challenge that builds off of AHFC’s AK Energy Smart curriculum. Representatives from each organization schedule visits to several middle school science classrooms throughout their service territory. The visit includes a presentation and hands on activity to boost energy literacy and help students understand how they use energy and how they can be more efficient with their usage. In order to qualify for various prizes, students follow up at home by completing a voluntary energy audit and online pledge.

Partners In the Community

ML&P supports the business community through partnerships with a number of organizations including the Mayor’s Office, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Alaska Power Assoc., American Public Power Assoc., Northwest Public Power Assoc., Alaska Rural Electric Cooperative Assoc., Anchorage Economic Development Corp., Electric Power Research Institute, the Anchorage Building Owners and Managers Assoc., Resource Development Council, Downtown Anchorage Rotary, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corp., CommonWealth North, Renewable Energy of Alaska Project, Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnership and others as opportunities arise. ML&P is also involved with a number of non profits and other organizations, providing exhibits, presentations and tours.

Power plant tours: ML&P offers educational plant tours to students at university or vocational/technical schools and to Anchorage-area elementary and secondary students for grades 2 or higher. Tours are also available for teachers and other community groups with up to 15 participants. Plant tours provide a general overview of how electricity is generated and distributed. Tour participants will get an opportunity to see the generators, turbines, boilers and more. (Approximately 1.5 hours)