Public Utility

Chelan PUD GM Steve Wright Talks Long-Term Finances, Changing Electricity Markets

Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright joins Dan Langager in the KOHO studio to talk about the utility’s finances – from a debt payment this  year of $52 million, bringing their outstanding debt to $537 million – about a 38 percent debt ratio and new contracts with Avangrid Renewables of Portland, Ore. and Avista of Spokane, to a bottom line projection…

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Chelan PUD Partnering with Stemilt Growers on New Olds Station Substation

Even as the Chelan County PUD wraps up work on a new Leavenworth substation site, PUD engineers are working to meet future growth in other areas of the county, including north Wenatchee. The current Olds Station substation was built in 1979 and, in addition to the aging equipment, is now at 90 percent capacity. Chelan PUD commission…

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Chelan PUD, Plug-In NCW Install Five Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric vehicle ownership in the area continues to rise as performance increases while decreasing the amount of CO2 from internal combustion engines. The Chelan County PUD teamed up with the non-profit Plug-In NCW and now there are five new public electric charging stations in the greater Wenatchee area. In 2015, PUD commissioners adopted a strategic plan that included about…

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Following Low Spring Salmon Numbers, Average Summer Migration Underway

Fish – lots and lots of fish – are moving past the windows into the fish ladder at Rocky Reach Visitor Center right now. Thad Mosey, senior fish biologist at Rocky Reach Dam, said this year’s adult salmon – Chinook and sockeye – and steelhead are returning to their home waters to spawn. So far, summer…

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