PUD’s mission is to provide the best possible utility services at the lowest
possible cost consistent with sound business principles. In an effort to
preserve our low cost utility service, Douglas PUD management and Commissioners
placed a moratorium on all new large non-diverse power users (datacenters and
block-chain processing). Long-term projections show, within the next ten years,
we may not have enough energy to meet demand during small portions of the year.
Recent legislation requires new power generation to be carbon free, which
increases the cost and changes the available resources to fill these shortfalls.
Over the next several months, staff will be evaluating policies, the electric system
and power supply.