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Commission Meeting Report 2022-03-28

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – March 28, 2022

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Aaron J. Viebrock, Molly Simpson and Ronald E Skagen executed the following actions during the March 28, 2022 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee office:

Opened the public hearing to accept input on Vehicle and Other Charging Rates. The District has a limited supply of power from Wells Dam. Electric vehicles and other large charging loads are expected to use a significant amount of power. To allow for future load growth within Douglas County and moderate the impact of charging loads, the District is considering establishing a separate rate schedule for charging loads. Two letters were read and two members of the public gave comment. The hearing was closed.

Reviewed bid opening results under bid documents 22-04-D, construct Rapids to Columbia 230 kV Transmission Line, 22-12-D, construct hydrogen facility production building, 22-17-W, Methow Hatchery Groundwater valve replacement and 22-25-D, provide Distribution tree trimming services. All bids will be evaluated prior to award recommendation.

Affirmed change order No. 1 to contract 21-40-D, 230 kV switches for Urban Industrial Substation. The change extends the completion date to March 16, 2022 at no change in cost. (22-051)

Authorized acceptance of work and final payment to Southern States, LLC under contract 21-40-D, 230 kV switches for Urban Industrial Substation. All work is complete and determined to meet bid specifications. (22-052)

Affirmed change order No. 1 to contract 21-56-D, control and relay panels for Urban Industrial Substation. Equipment specifications were changed at an increased cost of $7,035. (22-053)

Rejected bids under bid document 22-12-D, construct hydrogen facility production building. The bid exceeded the engineer’s estimate by more than the amount allowable under state law. (22-054)

Awarded contract 22-17-W, Methow Hatchery Groundwater valve replacement to KRCI, LLC, the lowest responsive bidder. (22-055)

Rejected bids under bid document 22-23-D, Western Red Cedar Transmission Poles. Both bids took exceptions to the bid specifications. (22-056)

Approved a request for qualifications 22-32-D, commissioning services for Lincoln Rock Switchyard. Necessary to test equipment and relay settings proving the function of devices and exposing any problems before it is energized. (22-057)

Authorized amendment No. 1 to Master Consulting Agreement 20-20-W, professional engineering support for the Generator Rebuild and Unit Refurbishment at the Wells Hydroelectric Project with Stantec. Necessary to cover the cost of doing business, this adjusts the rates of the contract as allowed. (22-058)

Approved land use permit 651-04, Abigail and Bethel Blakesley. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing landscaping and a stairwell. (22-059)

Authorized Railroad Permit RR 45-05, White Brewster III, LLC. The permit is for use of Columbia Cascade Railroad Right of Way crossing. (22-060)

Approved land use permit 1061-01 and 1138-01, White Brewster III, LLC. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing orchard activities, irrigation pump and pipeline. (22-061)

Authorized land use permit 1146-03, Erin and Peter Kraus. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing and previously permitted dock and path. (22-062)

Approved change order No. 1 to contract 21-57-W, Unit 7 spillway and gate repair at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Necessary to replace all wheel track anchor bolts/clips and replace the wheel bearings and seals on the undamaged wheel and truck assemblies at an additional cost of $351,265 and extend the completion date to July 22, 2022. (22-063)

Awarded contract 22-04-D, construct Rapids to Columbia 230kV Transmission Line to Magnum Power LLC, the lowest responsive bidder. (22-064)

Authorized amendment No. 1 to professional service agreement 21-15-W, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. Necessary to modify several tasks scope and budget and add an 8th task to conduct Pre-Drilling Evaluation and Assessment. This will increase the not-to-exceed cost by $7,947,211. (22-065)

Approved revisions to the Customer Service Policies. This will add Schedule 8, Electric Vehicle and Other Charging Service and update sections 25 and 33 to accommodate the new service rate. (22-066)

The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 11, 2022 at the District’s East Wenatchee Office. 

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