Public Utility

Siting New Chelan Substation Proving Harder Than Leavenworth’s for PUD

Chelan County PUD Commissioner Steve McKenna joins Chris Hansen to talk about ongoing work to site a new substation to serve Leavenworth and issues expressed by Manson-area residents on the porposed options for a Lake Chelan north shore substation. At yesterday’s board meeting, commissioners also reviewed a draft strategic facilities plan that covers most of…

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Locating New Leavenworth PUD Substation Proving Easier Than Chelan’s

This week, Chelan County PUD Commissioners were briefed by staff about analysis done on three sites in Leavenworth and three in Chelan for locating new substations. In Chelan, the three sites on which the analysis was performed are locations that community members recommended the District consider. In Leavenworth, the three sites include one owned by the PUD…

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Chelan PUD Asking Public to Name New Columbia River Conservation Area

The Chelan County PUD is working with Douglas County, the Port of Douglas County, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and DNR on a new natural area near the east end of the Odabashian Bridge. The proposed conservation area includes the popular rock outcroppings and sand dunes above the Columbia River just west of the Loop Trail.…

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Lake Chelan Water Levels Just Below Average

Even with the cold, snow, icy winter that seems to have gone on too long, snowpack in the basin above Lake Chelan is below normal. The Chelan PUD’s Energy Trading Analyst Becky Keating tells KOHO so far the Lake Chelan basin runoff forecast for April-July is at 89% of average. But, the below-average snowpack has…

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The Future of the Chelan PUD – A Chat with Commissioner Steve McKenna

Leavenworth resident Steve McKenna is the newest member of the Chelan County PUD Board of Commissioners. He swung by the KOHO studio to talk about how his tenure has been going so far, what he sees as the biggest challenges facing the utility and finding a way to balance the budget with big upcoming investments.

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