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Commission Meeting Report 2024-03-19

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – March 19, 2024

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Aaron J. Viebrock and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the March 19, 2024 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee office:

Continued the hearing for the Electric Rate Adjustment.

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.

Reviewed bid opening results for bid doc 23-4-D, Wells Dam Overlook Charging Station. All bids will be evaluated prior to a recommendation for contract award.

Declared Columbia Cove vault toilet surplus and authorized transfer to City of Okanogan. It has reached the end of its useful life and has been scheduled for removal and replacement. (24-042)

Authorized waiving formal bidding requirements to purchase distribution transformers due to market conditions through June 30, 2024. (24-043)

Approved amendment No. 1 to professional service agreement with The DOH Associates, PS. Necessary to include additional design services for exterior piping systems, fire protection, permitting assistance and to cover any construction delays with an increase to the contract of $400,000. (24-044)

Approved a professional service agreement 24-16-W with Biomark, Inc. for operating and maintaining PIT-tag detection systems, tagging and related services for 2024-2027. Necessary for license compliance, this contract will not exceed $650,000 and will expire March 31, 2027. (24-045)

Heard a report on the Douglas County Community Network. The network currently has 8,081 end users.

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

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