OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
December 27, 2013
I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, make the following findings:
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 268
- The City of Diomede suffered a complete power system failure on December 18, 2013, when the
last of its three generators failed. Due to extreme cold winter temperatures, lack of a power plant
operator, and the isolated nature of the community, the City contacted Alaska Energy Authority (AEA)
for assistance. AEA was able to instruct the mayor on restarting one generator, which continued to
have distribution and cooling problems.
- AEA responded to the City with technical assistance to support efforts to attempt to repair the
system. However, the City was unable to repair and stabilize any of the generators and restore full
power to the community. AEA contacted the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) for emergency
authorization to deploy an electrical technician and supplies to the City to make repairs and avoid
further damage to the power system and other infrastructure in the community.
- I have determined this power failure poses a direct and imminent threat of a disaster of sufficient
magnitude and severity to justify sState action. I, therefore, find it appropriate that money from the
disaster relief fund, be expended in accordance with the AS 26.23.020(h) to cover the emergency response
costs incurred by AEA for emergency repairs to the system authorized through the SEOC.
Under the authority of AS 26.23.020(h), I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, hereby order:
Consistent with AS 26.23.020, expenditures be made from the disaster relief fund to cover eligible
emergency response costs for the emergency repairs to the Diomede Power Plant completed by AEA and
authorized through the SEOC. The amounts of these expenditures are not to exceed $30,000.
This Order takes effect immediately.
Dated this 27th day of December 2013, at Juneau, Alaska