PCE Program Fact Sheet
The goal of Alaska Energy Authority's (AEA) Power Cost Equalization program is to provide economic assistance to customers in rural areas of Alaska where the kilowatt-hour charge for electricity can be three to five times higher than the charge in more urban areas of the state. Approximately 30% of all kWh’s sold by the participating utilities are eligible for PCE.
PCE fundamentally improves Alaska’s standard of living by helping small rural areas maintain the availability of communications and the operation of basic infrastructure and systems, including water and sewer, incinerators, heat and light. PCE is a core element underlying the financial viability of centralized power generation in rural communities.
The Legislature established different functions for AEA and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) under Alaska Statutes 42.45.100-170, which govern PCE program responsibilities.
AEA determines eligibility of community facilities and residential customers and authorizes payment to the electric utility. Commercial customers are not eligible to receive PCE credit. Participating utilities are required to reduce each eligible customer’s bill by the amount that the State pays for PCE.
RCA determines if a utility is eligible to participate in the program and calculates the amount of PCE per kWh payable to the utility. More information about the RCA may be found at www.state.ak.us/rca .
Power Cost Equalization Program Guide
Alaska Electric Power Statistics (with Alaska Energy Balance) 1961-2008
PCE Program Statutes AS 42.45.110
PCE Eligibility and Certification Determination Request Form
For more information contact
Jeff Williams, PCE Program Manager
Tel. (907) 771-3046
Fax (907) 771-3044