Julie Estey named Director of Public Relations at Matanuska Electric Association
Palmer, Alaska June 17, 2012 – Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) named Julie Estey Director of Public Relations.
Estey’s career in Alaska includes serving as the Executive Director of the Yukon Quest annual sled dog race, as well as the Director of Development for the University of Alaska Museum of the North. In 2009 she was recruited to become the Business Director for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, an energy research group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In this capacity, Estey led all non-research related activities including business management, budgeting and planning, outreach and public relations, community relations and business development.
“It is an honor to join the MEA team during such an exciting time,” said Estey. “As the Director of Public Relations, I look forward to working with our members and other stakeholders around the state to make sure they are engaged and well-informed.”
MEA is Alaska’s oldest and second largest electric cooperative, formed in 1941 in the city of Palmer. As of 2014 it powers a service territory that stretches from south of Cantwell down to Eagle River, including the area near Matanuska Glacier, with more than 4,000 miles of power lines and 46,000 members. The cooperative is currently constructing the 170 mW Eklutna Generation Station to begin producing their own electricity after the current power purchase agreement with Chugach Electric Association ends on December 31, 2014.
“There are many challenges before us as MEA improves our aging and inadequate system to meet the demands of our members at the same time we begin to generate our own power,” noted Estey. ‘However, with those challenges come great opportunities for this region and our membership. We will expand our member outreach through community meetings, improved online tools, proactive communications and thorough community engagement.’
Estey earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration magna cum laude in both Marketing and Organizational Behavior, along with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychological from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is an Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top 40 under 40” award recipient and is active with Rotary Club as well as in running, biking and dog mushing communities. She resides in Palmer with her husband and two young sons.
Matanuska Electric Association’s General Manager is Joe Griffith. MEA’s seven-member Board of Directors is chaired by Board President Lois Lester.