Jim Levine Jim Levine speaks at the 2015 Homer Electric Association annual meeting.

Jim Levine Jim Levine speaks at the 2015 Homer Electric Association annual meeting.

HEA board appoints Levine new director

The Homer Electric Association board of directors at a meeting last Wednesday appointed Homer resident Jim Levine to fill the vacant seat on the board in District 3, representing Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay areas, HEA director of member relations Bruce Shelley said in a press release on Friday. The seat became vacant when District 3 board member Don Seelinger resigned this summer.

Two HEA members applied for the vacant seat and after reviewing the applications, the board selected Levine. Levine has previous experience on the HEA Board of Directors, having served a term from 2009 to 2014, including deputy secretary.

Levine is a project manager for Jay-Brant General Contractors in Homer. He lives in the Diamond Ridge area of Homer.

“My main goal will be to continue searching for new and better ways to provide electrical power to the members while trying to minimize rates,” Levine said. “While on the HEA board previously, I worked towards providing ocean power generation, started the subcommittee for renewables, and participated in Independent Light which allowed HEA to provide their members local power. I will also continue looking for other ways to provide renewable energy and energy efficiency to the members which I feel is key to providing reliable power.”

Levine will serve out Mr. Seelinger’s remaining term which expires in May 2017. When the term ends, the board seat will then be filled by the membership through the election process at the annual meeting of the members.

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