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Commission Meeting Report 2024-04-02

Meaghan Vibbert

Public Information Officer

(509) 881-2221

News Release – April 2, 2024

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ronald E. Skagen, Aaron J. Viebrock and Molly Simpson executed the following actions during the April 2, 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.

Affirmed the establishment of a separate bank account for the District’s Hydrogen Project. (24-046)

Approved change order No. 105 to contract 06-41-W, generator rebuild and unit refurbishment for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Changes incorporate previously authorized field work orders for Unit 6 (the 7th unit to be rebuilt) at an increased cost of $748,663. (24-047)

Authorized purchase of DC electric vehicle charging equipment for the Wells Dam Overlook Charging Station from Platt Electric, Inc. The necessary equipment is available through the state contract allowing the District to purchase directly from the manufacturer without going out to bid. (24-048)

The next regular meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 16, 2024 at the District’s East Wenatchee Office.

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