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Commission Meeting Report 2023-12-12

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – December 12, 2023

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Aaron J. Viebrock and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the December 12, 2023 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee office:

Closed the budget hearing for the Distribution System and Wells Hydroelectric Project for calendar year 2024.

Approved amendment No. 1 to professional service agreement with 48 Degrees North, LLC under contract 20-21-W, professional land survey and land use consulting services. Necessary due to continuing projects. This will extend the contract to December 2024 and incorporate a revised rate schedule. (23-232)

Authorized amendment No. 9 to professional service agreement with Electrical Consultants, Inc. under contract 20-33-D, electrical substation design work. An increase of $75,000 to the contract is necessary to finish additional design work. The contract will be extended to December 2025. (23-233)

Approved amendment No. 4  to professional service agreement with Perteet under contract 20-33A-D, electrical substation and transmission line design. Necessary to extend the contract to December 2025 to complete existing transmission line design work currently in progress. (23-234)

Authorized change order No. 3 to contract 21-52-W, generator step-up transformer replacement at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Necessary to incorporate modified terms to the contract. (23-235)

Approved change order No. 2 to contract 22-22-D, Douglas to Rapids intertie steel transmission poles. This change will incorporate a modified payment method. (22-236)

Authorized renewal of contract 23-05-W, 2023 heavy equipment and construction services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project with KRCI, LLC. Not to exceed $400,000 this will extend the contract to December 2024. (23-237)

Approved change order No. 2 to contract 23-08-D, Rapids to Valhalla rebuild and reconductor. Necessary to incorporate changes to one of the structures at an additional cost of $59,000. (23-238)

Authorized acceptance of work and final payment to Western Utility Telcom, Inc. under contract 23-11-D, Urban Industrial to Rapids steel structures. All work is complete and determined to meet bid specifications. (23-239)

Approved acceptance of work and final payment to Anixter, Inc. under contract 23-15-D, supply and deliver compact 1100 kcmil EPR primary underground cable. All work is complete and determined to meet the bid specifications. (23-240)

Authorized a call for bids under bid document 23-20-D, 230 x 115 kV substation transformers to replace the aged Nilles substation transformer. (23-241)

Affirmed change order No. 1 to contract 23-23-D, 230 x 115 kV substation transformers. Necessary to change the monitoring system at an additional cost of $82,000. (23-242)

Approved change order No. 2 to contract 23-25-D, fiber optic cable and conduit installation. This change adds cold weather installation methods at no additional cost. (23-243)

Authorized a call for bids under bid document 23-26-D, 230-115 kV autotransformer for Douglas Switchyard for increased capacity. (23-244)

Approved a call for bids under bid document 24-03-D, 115 kV breakers for Eastmont and Douglas switchyards aging equipment. (23-245)

Authorized accepting bids received for surplus District property sold at auction. (23-246)

Approved professional service agreement with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation for on-call archaeological services. Necessary to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act. This contract will not exceed $100,000 and has an expiration date of January 2027. (23-247)

Approved an amendment to the interlocal agreement with Chelan PUD for the purchase of property and easements. This amendment will extend the closing date to no later than April 30, 2024, to allow for additional work necessary to complete the closing of the sale. (23-248)

Authorized land use permit 303A-01 Robert and Lisa Moore. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing access path, stairs, landscaping, garden and flagpole. (23-249)

Approved easement Nos. 725A-01MGD and 725B-01MGD for the installation of an irrigation pumping facility with Crane Ranch Packing and Orchards, LLC. (23-250, 23-251)

Adopted the 2024 Distribution System budget includes a previously approved 3% increase in KWH charge for the highest two usage tiers of the General Service schedule (over 25,000 KWH). Data Centers will see a 5% increase January 1 and July 1 and Cryptocurrency customers a 10% increase January 1 and July 1 for their rate schedules. Working capital is expected to increase $61.8 million. The capital budget is $53.8 million, of which $27.4 million is for electrical facilities. The balance of capital spending is for the Hydrogen Project, improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network and new equipment. (23-252)

Adopted the 2024 Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operating Expense Budget at $70.2 million. The preliminary Capital Budget totals $52 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, mobile crane, Motor Control Center replacement, fire protection upgrade, GUS Transformer replacement and Governor Controls upgrade. (23-253)

Approved the Environmental Reviews for the 2024 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2024 Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. (23-254)

Authorized consolidating contract and procurement related Administrative Bulletins into new Administrative Bulletin 9.1 – Contracts and Procurement Policy. (23-255)

Approved change order No. 102 to contract 06-41-W, generator rebuild and unit refurbishment for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. This change adds restacking the rotor with new laminations. This will increase the contract by $5,019,000. (23-256)

Authorized amendment No. 3 to professional service agreement 20-20-W, professional engineering support for the Generator Rebuild and Unit Refurbishment at the Wells Hydroelectric Project with Stantec. This will extend the contract to December 31, 2028 to align with the rebuild project schedule. (23-257)

Approved professional service agreement 24-02-W, 2024 HCP hatchery monitoring and evaluation (M&E) implementation program with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Wells Habitat Conservation Plan requires the development and annual implementation of an M&E plan for the District’s hatchery programs. The agreement is not to exceed $1,163,624 and will conclude December 31, 2024. (23-258)

Authorized a Chelan-Douglas interlocal cooperative agreement for the Methow Fish Hatchery to address the sharing of hatchery-related costs for a ten year period. (23-259)

Approved amended facility use agreement with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.  This will extend the agreement for up to five years. (23-260)

Authorized confirmation agreement with Puget Sound Energy, Inc, for the Colville Tribe’s power allocation for the term October 1, 2024 to September 30, 2029. (23-261)

Authorized a legal services agreement with the law firm of Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn and Aylward, P.S. Effective January 1, 2024 through January 1, 2025. (23-262)

Heard a report on the Douglas County Community Network. The network currently has 7,971 end users.

After hearing an update on the proposed US Government’s commitments in support of the Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative Commissioners expressed concern over the impacts to the regions grid reliability, power supply, clean energy and climate goals. The inevitable increased power rates will overly burden already struggling families and continue to drive up food prices all while not addressing the root cause of salmon declines.

Starting in January 2024, regular Commission meetings will be held the first and third Tuesday of the month.

The December 26, 2023 regularly scheduled Commission meeting has been cancelled.

The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. January 2, 2024 at the District’s East Wenatchee Office. 

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