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Chelan PUD approves 10-year plan for power supply

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Chelan PUD approves 10-year plan for power supply

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July 2, 2012

(Wenatchee, WA) No one commented on a proposed plan drafted by Chelan County PUD that shows where its energy supply will come from over the next 10 years, and PUD commissioners approved the plan at a public hearing Monday.

Called an Integrated Resource Plan, the PUD is required to update it regularly and demonstrate how the PUD will meet its anticipated electrical load for the next decade. The PUD gets most of its electricity from three hydropower dams: Lake Chelan, Rock Island and Rocky Reach. The PUD also has a share of the Nine Canyon wind project and has an alternative power program called SNAP that promotes wind and solar and small hydro installations.

The District is also meeting targets for increased energy conservation and renewable resources that are in line with requirements of Initiative 937 passed by voters several years ago. The IRP also includes a required short-term plan that is consistent with the District’s 10-year plan.

In other action:

  • Heard a report on high-water conditions in the Columbia River due to late spring runoff and warming temperatures. The reservoirs behind Rocky Reach Dam and Rock Island Dam are the two smallest on the Columbia River, and water that is passed downstream from larger projects such as Grand Coulee must be passed along. Grand Coulee’s reservoir is expected to be full by the Fourth of July and levels will remain within the top foot for several weeks after that. Flows are high enough to have closed Wenatchee area boat launches and flooded parts of riverfront parks and the loop trail. The fireworks show for the Fourth of July has been relocated to drier ground at Walla Walla Point Park. Flows are expected to continue reaching these high levels at various times for several more weeks. Information on river flows is available on the PUD website. Lake Chelan levels have met the target elevation of 1,098 feet above sea level for July 1, with an estimated 25 percent of snowpack remaining in the mountains above the lake.
  • Commissioners agreed with a recommendation by General Manager John Janney and passed a resolution to have Chelan PUD withdraw from Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet), the nonprofit telecommunications company formed by several PUDs in 2000. Janney told commissioners the PUD’s continued financial exposure to NoaNet and NoaNet’s expanded plans to pursue authority to offer other services throughout the state are no longer in line with Chelan PUD’s strategic direction for its own fiber optic network. Chelan PUD will continue to do business with NoaNet and use it for services needed for telecommunications, if cost-effective.

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