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Commission Meeting Report 2024-03-05

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – March 5, 2024

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Aaron J. Viebrock and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the March 5, 2024 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee office:

Commissioner Skagen, Commissioner Viebrock, Jeff Heminger, Commissioner Simpson

Awarded Jeff Heminger, Power Operations Supervisor with his twenty year service award. Commissioner Skagen thanked Jeff on behalf of the citizens of Douglas County for his many years of service. He thanked the Commission and talked about the different roles he has had. “I love working here and the people I work with. I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

The hearings for the Integrated Resource Planning Study Update and Rate Adjustment were opened. There were no comments on the Integrated Resource Planning Study Update, and the hearing was closed.

Staff presented proposed electric rate adjustments for 2026-2030. The average residential customer would see an increase of around $3 per month, small commercial would increase an average of $6.40 per month. “We want to give our customers small predictable rate adjustments so they know where we are headed and can plan accordingly.” said General Manager Gary Ivory.  The generating capacity of Wells Dam allows Douglas PUD to sell excess generation, not needed to cover local load, at a higher market rate. That market revenue is used to keep retail rates lower for our local customers. As loads grow in county through electrification of transportation and economic development there will be less market revenue from wholesale power sales which will put pressure on retail rates. This process balances the charges in a fair, non-discriminatory, cost-based, predictable approach.  The presentation slide deck is linked here. Rate Adjustment hearings will continue through April with Commissioners setting rates sometime after that.

Approved amendment No. 5 in Interagency Agreement with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for increased Chinook production at the Wells Hatchery. This will extend the term of the contract to June 2024  and increase the cost to WDFW by $200,000. (24-029)

Awarded contract 23-46-D, East Wenatchee Headquarters DC Fast Charge and Hydrogen Fueling Station to KRCI, LLC the lowest responsive bid. (24-030)

Approved land use permit 1105-01, Dave and Leslie Hagert. The permit is for use of Project lands for existing access path. (24-031)

Authorized easement No. 44-02MGD for the use of an irrigation pumping facility and Railroad Right-of-Way permit No. RR44-01, White Brewster III, LLC. This is a transfer of rights from Sunshine Ag. (24-032)

Approval of Railroad Right-of-Way permit RR45-02, Westco Orchards, LLC. The permit is for use of Railroad Right-of-Way for existing non-exclusive vehicular ingress, egress and underground irrigation line. (24-033)

Authorized easement No. 45-02MGD for the use of an irrigation pumping facility to Westco Orchards, LLC. This is a transfer of rights from Fugachee. (24-034)

Approved easement No. 1129.0D-02MGD for the use of an irrigation pumping facility to Mac and Cass Partnership LP. This is a transfer of rights from Dan Pariseau. (24-035)

Approved change order No. 104 to contract 06-41-W, generator rebuild and unit refurbishment for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Changes include field work orders to close out Unit 5 at an increased cost of $504,433. (24-036)

Authorized change order No. 6 to contract 22-13-D, Hydrogen Production and Fueling Facility. Changes include field work orders to prepare for an additional electrolyzer and 3D pipe modeling at an increased cost of $222,551. (24-037)

Approved professional service agreement with Electrical Consultants, Inc. under contract 23-49-D, electrical substation design. (24-038)

Authorized award of contract 24-06-D, steel poles for Clovis Substation to MVA Power, Inc, the lowest responsive bid. (24-039)

Approved purchase of real property from Petrin, Obergh and the Obergh Living Trust. The District is looking to upgrade and expand electrical system capabilities on the Waterville Plateau. The 3 acre parcel costs $16,500. (24-040)

Adopted the 2024 Update to the Integrated Resource Planning study. The IRP evaluates the full range of energy alternatives, including conservation and renewable generation. (24-041)

The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 19, 2024 at the District’s East Wenatchee Office. 

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