Chugach was organized as an Alaska electric cooperative in 1948. Cooperatives are business organizations that are owned by their members. As not-for-profit organizations (Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(12)), cooperatives are structured to provide services to their members at cost, in part by eliminating the need to produce profits or a return on equity other than for reasonable reserves and margins. Today, cooperatives in general operate throughout the United States in such diverse areas as utilities, agriculture, irrigation, insurance and credit. All cooperatives are based upon similar principles and legal foundations. Because members’ equity is not considered an investment, a cooperative’s objectives and policies are oriented to serving member interests, rather than maximizing return on investment.
Chugach is one of the largest electric utilities in Alaska. We are engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the Anchorage and upper Kenai Peninsula areas. Chugach is on an interconnected regional electrical system referred to as the Alaska Railbelt, a 400-mile-long area stretching from the coastline of the southern Kenai Peninsula to the interior of the state, including Alaska’s largest cities, Anchorage and Fairbanks. Neither Chugach nor any other electric utility in Alaska’s Railbelt has any connection to the electric grid of the continental United States or Canada. Our principal executive offices are located at 5601 Electron Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99518. Our telephone number is (907) 563-7494.
Chugach is an electric cooperative that is exempt from federal income taxation as an organization described in Section 501(c)(12) of the Internal Revenue Code. Chugach’s hydroelectric project is licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). As such, Chugach is subject to FERC reporting requirements and our accounting records conform to the Uniform System of Accounts as prescribed by FERC. In lieu of state and local ad valorem, income and excise taxes, Alaska electric cooperatives must pay a gross revenue tax to the State of Alaska at the rate of $0.0005 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity sold in the retail market during the preceding year. This tax is collected monthly and remitted annually. In addition, we currently collect a regulatory