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News Release - 10/10/2016

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the October 10, 2016 Commission meeting held at the District's East Wenatchee office:

Held the scheduled hearing for the Distribution System 2017 budget and the Wells Project 2016-2017 budget.

Adopted the 2017 Distribution System budget which estimates revenues at $52.5 million, a decrease of 2%. This estimate includes a proposed rate adjustment resulting in $1 million of the revenue total.  The cost to an average residential customer would be $3 per month. The District's last rate adjustment was in January 2013. Final rate decision will happen after a separate rate hearing to be scheduled later in the year.  Operating expenses are estimated at $48.7 million, a decrease of 0.1%. Retained earnings are expected to decline $1.57 million. The capital budget is $11.4 million, of which $6.7 million is for electrical facilities. The balance of capital spending is for improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network, for new equipment, and for right-of-way easement costs. (16-158)

Adopted the 2016-2017 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project budget. At $56 million, the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $1.6 million increase compared to last year's estimate. The Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operating Expense Budget as required by contract. The Wells Project Capital Budget totals $40.2 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, recreation action plan items, Wells hatchery modernization, and generator circuit breaker replacements. (16-159)

Approved the Environmental Reviews for the 2017 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2016-2017 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. (16-160)

Authorized revising schedule 6 of the Electric Distribution System Customer Service Policies to meet the changing business needs of the DCCN. This revision would create a monthly rate for full IPTV Headend feed and an End-User IPTV Port fee for non-District IPTV systems. (16-161)

Approved acceptance of work and final payment to Anixter, Inc. under contract 16-02-D, supply and deliver 115 kV circuit switchers for the Veedol Substation. All work has been completed and determined to meet bid specifications. (16-162)

Authorized acceptance of work and final payment to Western Utility/Telecom, Inc. under contract 16-23-D, supply and deliver tubular steel poles for the Veedol Substation. All work has been completed and determined to meet bid specifications. (16-163)

Declared a state of emergency and authorized waiver of bid process for the repair of the load tap changer on transformer 2 in Eastmont Substation. Repairs must be made prior to when loads increase in mid-November. (16-164)

Affirmed change order No. 1 to contract 16-14-W, construct Wells Hydroelectric Project Interpretive Center. Changes include additional irrigation, removable bollards, change in hot water heater and additional excavation. These changes will increase the not-to-exceed cost $10,734 bringing the total contract amount to $1,237,000. (16-165)

Approved land use permit 375-01 to Pateros Trading Company. The permit is for continued use of Project lands for two boat docks and bulkheads. (16-166)

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. October 24, 2016 at the District's East Wenatchee office.