Matanuska Electric Association Inc.

02/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 17:54

Susitna West District Candidates – Molly Wood

Molly Wood
Susitna West District Candidate

How many years have you lived in MEA's service area? 15 years.

Why I wish to serve on MEA's Board of Directors (200 word maximum):
This is a time of change and opportunity for Alaskans. Affordable, reliable power will ensure a prosperous future for everyone. I want to serve on the MEA Board to represent community interests and support MEA in its efforts to addresses energy issues facing the Railbelt. I applaud MEA's leadership working with other utilities and decision makers to promote efficient and integrated planning. MEA's work on state legislation (SB123) is an example of the leadership we need to ensure that electricity will be reliable, affordable and shared throughout the Railbelt grid. I also support transmission infrastructure improvements to reduce bottlenecks and waste, access for independent power producers and increased storage capacity for renewable energy and peak production. As a member from the Northern Valley, where we experience outages, improved reliability of the grid needs to be a priority. Finally, I believe MEA members can benefit from the governor's vision of advancing renewable energy if done right. MEA's Eklutna station is an important asset in realizing this goal. It will allow flexibility and reliability while we develop energy from renewable sources, which in turn can keep consumer prices stable if the cost of fuel rises. I am committed to supporting this effort.

Biography (400 word maximum):
I am a Senior Partner at Meridian Institute, where I have worked for 20 years as a mediator and strategic planner on water, energy, fisheries and other policy issues. I am passionate about the potential we have in Alaska to design innovative infrastructure services so that our economies thrive and our energy, water, waste and food systems are secure and affordable.

My work focuses on designing and facilitating collaborative processes that help diverse groups work together effectively and build trusted relationships. I have facilitated numerous organizational strategic planning processes. As a Senior Partner, I lead the management of our organization of 35 people, overseeing effective business systems, budget management, personnel management and organizational strategy. I am responsible for building and managing effective project teams. Examples of projects I have led as the facilitator, workshop designer and/or strategic planner include:

  • Ocean Acidification Adaptation Decisions for Alaska's Salmon Fisheries; Stakeholder engagement, with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at UAA, UAF, and U of WY (ongoing)
  • Building a Sustainable Economy in Bristol Bay, Regional Strategy Sessions (2018, 2019)
  • Water Resource Recovery: Utilities of the Future, a gathering of experts on recovering resources from urban wastewater systems, including energy (2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Innovations in Food, Energy and Water, a National Science Foundation project to bring scientists and engineers together to share their work (2017)
  • US Water Alliance, Board of Directors, Strategic Planning Retreat (2018)
  • The City Upstream and Down: How Integrated Water Resources Management Can Help Cities Manage Water Resources Sustainably (2018)
  • Alaska Women's Adaptation Network Initiative (2019)

When I am not working, my husband and I are perfecting off-grid systems at our cabin in Chase or fish camp on the west side of Cook Inlet. I am most happy in the garden and most inspired when connecting with my dedicated neighbors and community members on an important local cause.