July 19, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 29

Acteson named new Power Agency chief

A former manager at Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage has been tapped as the new head of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency.

SEAPA’s Board of Directors hired Trey Acteson as their new Chief Executive Officer at the agency, which provides hydroelectric power to the communities of Petersburg, Wrangell, and Ketchikan.

Acteson joins the organization after 11 years with Chugach and will start his new position on August 20. He will be based in Ketchikan.

Jeremy Maxand, the chairman of SEAPA’s board said he is confident Acteson is the right person for the job.

“We are very pleased to be bringing Mr. Acteson on as our CEO and are confident he has the experience, determination, and passion to lead this organization into the future,” Maxand said. “This is an exciting time in the history of hydropower in southern Southeast, and we believe Trey is well poised to take our communities to the next level of hydropower development and transmission.”

According to Maxand, Acteson has more than 27 years of Alaska electric utility experience, complimented by a strong technical and operational background, and well-rounded administrative skills.

“In his most recent position, Mr. Acteson was manager of Chugach’s Peaking and Hydro Power Plants in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula,” Maxand added. “Prior to this role, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Chugach, including manager of Chugach’s Beluga Power Plant, Alaska’s largest power generation facility. Those responsibilities, combined with previous plant operations and maintenance experience at Golden Valley Electric Association, provide a total of 11 years of management experience and 16 years of technical field experience.”

Acteson’s education and specialized training includes focused studies through the universities of Wisconsin, Oregon, and Alaska.

“I am very excited to be joining SEAPA and welcome the opportunity to help shape the future of this exceptional organization. I’m confident that my diverse and extensive experience in the power generation industry will greatly benefit the SEAPA communities,” Acteson said. “I look forward to working with the board of directors and seasoned employees in pursuing the goal of providing affordable electric power to Petersburg, Wrangell, and Ketchikan, and any future projects SEAPA may pursue.”

Acteson replaces retiring CEO, Dave Carlson, who was recently honored by SEAPA’s board, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, and U.S. Senator Mark Begich, among others, for his commitment, leadership, and dedication to the pursuit of hydroelectric generation, transmission, and the expansion and development of hydroelectricity in the State of Alaska.

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