Public Utility

Higher Electricity Use During Cold Winter Beefs Up Chelan PUD Revenue

First quarter reports are in for the Chelan County PUD and they show millions more coming into the utility’s coffers than expected. That’s largely due to the region’s cold winter, with households turning up the thermostat and using more energy. Dan Langager reports on where that extra revenue might go.

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Chelan PUD Board Approves One-Year Alcoa Contract Extension

Chelan County PUD Commissioner’s approved a contract extension with Alcoa yesterday, a move they said will preserve the opportunity to further consider restarting its aluminum smelter located south of Wenatchee. Alcoa will make a $7.3 million partial payment, with the balance of the $67 million payment due in a year. PUD Commissioner Garry Arseneault joins Chris Hansen to…

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Alcoa, Chelan PUD Negotiating Smelter Idling Fee Extension

Negotiations between the Chelan County PUD and Alcoa Corp. over the idled Wenatchee Works smelter are coming to a head. PUD Commissioners yesterday reviewed a staff recommendation to proceed with a contract amendment negotiated with Alcoa that would give Alcoa more time to decide whether to restart the aluminum smelter. The proposed amendment would allow…

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Chelan PUD Planning Upgrades For Meter Technology

The Chelan PUD wants to install two-way digital meters, also known as Automated Metering Infrastructure, to replace aging meters on homes and businesses. The “smart meters” send customer energy-use information several times a day to the PUD, using radio frequency waves. The meters would transmit data for a maximum of 90 seconds per day. More…

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