Local energy experts to speak to Chamber of Commerce

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Thursday features representatives from one of the oldest establishments in Juneau, looking both at the past and to the future.

The program, entitled “Energy for Juneau for 124 Years & Counting,” features two prominent figures from Alaska Electric Light & Power, and will serve as the basis of Thursday’s weekly lunch. Alaska Electric Light & Power President and General Manager Timothy McLeod headlines the program, with Director of Energy Services Alec Mesdag also featured. They will unveil a presentation and lead a discussion, which is set to take place at noon Thursday at The Hangar on The Wharf Ballroom.

Alaska Electric Light & Power is proud of its long history in Juneau, as the company began in 1893 and is the oldest regulated electric utility in Alaska, according to its website. McLeod has been the company’s president since 2002, when he took over for Bill Corbus, whose family had owned the company since 1896. The company was eventually acquired in 2014 by Avista Corp., based in Spokane, Washington.

Mesdag has specialized in helping Juneau residents save money and conserve energy, being particularly vocal about the use of electric cars and providing education about other energy-saving techniques.

The event requires an RSVP, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and the program starting at noon. Members pay $20 while non-members pay $25. One can RSVP on the Juneau Chamber of Commerce website. Seating is limited.

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