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March/April 2005 About Your Rates, Online Payments, Grid West

March/April 2005

About your Rates

Douglas County PUD electric rates are determined by comparing the expected electricity need in Douglas County to expected operating and capital costs. 

Our power supply comes primarily from the Wells Hydroelectric Project on the Columbia River.  When there is a lot of water coming down the Columbia at the right times of the year, we generate more than enough electricity to meet Douglas County’s needs.  At times like these, the excess power is sold to other utilities that have a contractual first right to this power.  The proceeds of those sales pay for a portion of the operating and construction costs to hold down the amount Douglas County electric consumers have to pay.   

We put the balance in a savings account to use in those years when there isn’t so much water available for generation.   

During the years 1992 through 1995, due to drought conditions, there wasn’t a lot of excess power.  Through these years we drew on the bank account to maintain stable rates. In 1995 electric rates were increased after 15 years at the same price.  Rate increases were also approved for 1996 and 1997 to reverse the decline of the savings account. The 1996 increase went into effect on schedule, but due to favorable water conditions and our decision to spread construction projects over several years, we were able to defer the scheduled 1997 rate increase to 2002.  Dry years in 2001 through 2003 required us to draw from the savings account again in spite of the price adjustment in 2002. 2005 appears to be another dry year, however, your Douglas PUD does not have plans to adjust electric rates at this time.  

Douglas County PUD Commissioners and employees are proud of the low rates charged for the essential services we provide. Ours are still among the lowest prices in the United States.  We remain committed to providing you the best possible electric service at the lowest possible cost consistent with sound business principles.  

A copy of the rates currently in effect is provided here for your use. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

From District Resources including Hydroelectric, Wind and Solar Power:

Schedule 1, General Service

Daily Charge

$0.263

KWH Charge

$0.0185

Demand Charge (Monthly)

$1.00/KW greater than 50 KW

Minimum Charge

$7.00/mo. Plus $3.00/KW>30

Schedule 2, Irrigation Service

Demand Charge (Seasonally)

$14.30/KW

Demand Charge (Monthly)

$1.79/KW

Energy Charge

$0.0099/KWH

Minimum Seasonal Charge

$44.00

Minimum Monthly Charge

$1.79/KW connected load

Schedule 3, Street Lighting And Area Lighting Service (Daily Rate)

150/200 watt high pressure sodium

$0.2712

400 watt high pressure sodium

$0.4685

Customer Choice Options:

Schedule 4, Energy Delivery Service (For alternate energy supplier)

Daily Charge

$0.23

Energy Delivery Charge

$0.0135/KWH

Ancillary Services

$0.0007/KWH

Schedule 5, Alternate Renewable Resource Service (To encourage new renewable resources, available to general service customers)

Charge

$4.20 per 100 kWh increment

Schedule 6, Douglas County Community Network Prices

Please see our website for details www.douglaspud.org

   

On-line Payments

You can now pay for Douglas County PUD services on-line.  Grab your PUD statement, go to our website, http://www.douglaspud.org/ , click on the “On-Line Bill Payments” button at the top left side of the screen and follow the instructions. 

You have a variety of ways to pay for Douglas PUD services. The Budget Payment Plan lets you pay your annual electric bill in equal monthly installments. Automatic Withdrawal is an option which automatically deducts your PUD payment from your checking account. (Hint: combine these two options for predictable bills and no due date worries.) We accept credit card payments also. You can mail your payment, bring it in, use the drive-up service, 24-hour drop box, and now you can pay on-line from the comfort of your home.

We are proud to provide our customers with a variety of convenient ways to pay for Douglas PUD services.

Grid West and our Transmission System

The Northwest took one step closer to developing a regional transmission organization (RTO) called Grid West when its participants approved new developmental and operational bylaws at its December 2004 meeting.

We believe the development of Grid West is not needed, would provide no certain benefits, and would lead to rate increases and other risks.  

Grid West would be a new bureaucracy that would take over the power transmission network in seven states. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a Grid West participant and owner of 75 percent of the region's high voltage transmission lines, already serves almost all the Northwest, so Grid West is an unnecessary additional cost. 

It will be expensive— estimated to cost $82 million to create, and $150 million annually to operate. Northwest residents don’t pay these costs now, but would under this plan, which is being promoted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC). In 2004, six RTOs operating in different parts of the country cost consumers more than $1 billion, eliminating any cost savings or efficiencies predicted before they were established.  

Grid West would eliminate local control by shifting decision-making from local elected officials to an appointed board. 

Northwest utilities would prefer that problems with the region's transmission system be identified and addressed through the Northwest-based Transmission Issues Group (TIG) that formed to identify near-term, cost-effective solutions to transmission problems whether Grid West forms or not. TIG is developing real transmission solutions that are accountable to Northwest consumers - not FERC in Washington, D.C.

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We always like to hear what you have to say. Please, if you have any comments or questions write them down and send this back with your payment. Thanks ~