Proposition 10, which was passed by Anchorage voters this spring, began the process of selling Municipal Light and Power (ML&P) to Chugach Electric. Proposition 10 passed decisively 65% to 35%. None of the discussions before or after the vote included an important stakeholder group: all Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) ratepayers. Since AWWU and ML&P are linked together via state statute, AWWU ratepayers will be affected by this sale.
Title 42 of Alaska State Statute is entitled “Public Utilities and Carriers and Energy Programs.” AS42.05.711(b)(2) defines how municipally owned utilities – AWWU and Solid Waste Services – are exempt from regulation by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) unless that municipality owns an electric utility which competes with another electric utility.
AS42.05.311 defines the competition which exists between ML&P and Chugach Electric.