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News Release - 8/29/2011

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ron Skagen, Jim Davis, and Lynn Heminger executed the following actions during the August 29, 2011 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee Headquarters office:

Opened bids under bid document 11-06-W, Wells Reservoir boat launch improvements. The bids will be analyzed prior to an award recommendation.

Rejected bid under bid document 11-11-D, remove, provide and install substation battery systems. The bid exceeded the engineer’s estimate by more than the amount allowable under state law. (11-111)

Authorized letters to and continuation of an agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey, United Stated Department of the Interior relative to 2011-12 river-gaging station maintenance and operation costs. River gaging is related to the operation of the Wells Hydroelectric Project and the cost is not to exceed $33,255. (11-112)

Approved request for qualifications 11-13-W, engineering services related to the modernization of the Wells Fish Hatchery.  Necessary to comply with the new FERC license for the Wells Project and the new Endangered Species Act hatchery incidental take permits to operate the facility. (11-113)

Received the preliminary budgets for the Distribution System for calendar year 2012 and for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2012.

The Distribution System budget estimates revenues for 2012 at $43.8 million, an increase of 13%. Operating expenses are estimated at $40.3 million, an increase of 4.5%. The budget anticipates a bond issue to fund long-lived capital additions such as substations and transmission lines. The bond issue will result in a $1million increase in interest expense. A net loss from operations is projected to be $1.2 million, and would be covered with money from the Rate Stabilization Fund. The capital budget is $19.7 million, of which $17.4 million is for electrical facilities. The electrical facilities budget includes $1.1 million for substation improvements to benefit a single customer that would reimburse the District for the cost of the improvements. The balance of the capital budget is for improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network and for equipment and right-of-way easement costs.

At $53,475,357 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $1,167,258 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 $28,399,600. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, recreation action plan items, project water system upgrades, and relicensing.

Reviewed the Environmental Reviews for the 2012 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2011-2012 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. 

A budget hearing has been set for October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the District’s East Wenatchee office.

Two commissioners will be in attendance at a meeting with Congressman Doc Hastings on Wednesday, August 31st at 11 am in the East Wenatchee Headquarters office.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. September 6, 2011 at the District’s East Wenatchee Headquarters office.