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News Release - 8/25/2008

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Ron Skagen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the August 25, 2008 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters office:

Approved a call for bids under bid document 08-41-D, construction of Rapids Switchyard. This switchyard will create a more reliable electrical system. (08-213)

Authorized change order No. 1 to contract 07-39-W, 2008-09 heavy equipment services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Changes include adding a rate schedule for a compactor/roller.  (08-214)

Approved amendment No. 3 to agreement for professional services with Okanagan Nation Alliance regarding Okanagan sockeye.  This amendment extends the contract through August 31, 2009 with an increased cost of $195,400. (08-215)

Authorized execution of contract with Erlandsen and Associates, Inc  Erlandsen will provide design, engineering and bid specifications for all the improvements and activities listed in the 2007 Recreation Action Plan.  (08-216)

Approved Use-of-Facilities agreement with Bonneville Power Administration.  (08-217)

Authorized settlement agreement with Caribou, LLC. regarding Wells Tract 764. The settlement  outlines a mitigation plan for restoration of the impacted shoreline. (08-218)

Previewed the preliminary budgets for both the Distribution System and the Wells Project. Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2009 is estimated at $23,275,000, up approximately  7.1% from the 2008 estimate.   Administration and general expenses are up $400,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to increase by approximately $26,000.  The Distribution System Capital Budget of $20,739,165 for 2009 is an increase of $1,596,165 and includes approximately $13.6 million for electric system additions and improvements, $3.29 million for the Douglas County Community Network, and $3.89 million for electrical, transportation  and other equipment.  The total revenue estimate of $39,116,000 is an increase of $2,448,000 from the 2008 estimate. The 2009 budget does not anticipate any increase in electric rates.

At $44,123,009 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $2,900,070 increase from 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 $966,980. Major items include a new ventilation system for unit scroll case, battery room HVAC and a data backup and disaster recovery project.

October 6, 2008 was established as the final hearing date for both budgets.  The hearing will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. at the East Wenatchee Headquarters. 

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at the District’s East Wenatchee Headquarters office.