Public Utility

Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Tree Seedling Distribution This Saturday

April showers – check. May flowers – no doubt. But don’t forget about the trees and shrubs. The annual Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day seedling distribution day is this Saturday at locations in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Chelan PUD arborist Bill Sanborn, who manages their vegetation program, joins Dan Langager in the KOHO studio to talk about…

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Grant PUD Continues Investigating Priest Rapids Dam Spillway Leak

The Grant County PUD declared a non-failure emergency at Priest Rapids Dam, lowering the reservoir for spillway inspection. Officials said it was out of an abundance of caution, after inspection drilling revealed leaking in spillway monoliths. Priest Rapids Dam will continue to generate electricity and dam operations will continue as usual. There is no threat…

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Lake Chelan’s Old Mill Boat Launch Closure Starts Next Monday

A Chelan County PUD contractor will rebuild the boat launch parking at Old Mill Park on Lake Chelan after more than 20 years of service. The PUD looked at options to keep the boat launch open. However, officials said after analyzing safety concerns, for the public and workers, it was determined that closing the launch…

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Chelan PUD Halts Cryptocurrency Applications, Says County Electric Grid At Risk

The Chelan County PUD has stopped taking or processing applications for electric service for cryptocurrency mining. PUD board members unanimously imposed the application moratorium after reviewing impacts on utility operations from existing loads and applications for service. General Manager Steve Wright said impacts from cryptocurrency mining applications are hampering responses to the District’s overall planned…

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Positive Chelan PUD Reports: Snowpack, 2017 Performance Plan

Chelan PUD had a substantial “to do” list for 2017. Board President Dennis Bolz joins Dan Langager in the KOHO studio to review progress on the PUD’s 232-item 2017 Performance Plan. Many of the uncompleted 2017 projects are multi-year projects, ongoing efforts or required schedule changes into 2018 to respond to competing priorities. Chelan County PUD…

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Improvements Coming To Several Chelan PUD Parks In 2018

Chelan County PUD Parks Manager Ryan Baker swings by the KOHO studio to talk about a number of improvements for PUD parks this year. From shoreline improvements in Walla Walla Point Park, to new picnic tables and boat launches, to keeping Canada geese off grass fields, Baker gives a preview of what park visitors can expect to…

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What’s The Future Of Bitcoin In North Central Washington?

Bitcoins went on a meteoric rise in 2017, partly thanks to server operators using cheap electricity from public utility districts for their cryptocurrency data mining. The Chelan County PUD has reported a recent surge in inquires about new large load power services from bitcoin and blockchain operations. John Stoll, Managing Director of Customer Utilities, said…

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