Public Utility

‘Trying To Make Lemonade,’ Chelan PUD Board Hears Preliminary Cryptocurrency Rates

The Chelan PUD continues studying large-load data miners coming to the county. At Monday’s PUD board meeting, commissioners received an update on transmission and distribution challenges related to requests for power to serve large loads and a recommendation about possible cryptocurrency rates. PUD General Manager Steve Wright said volatility in cryptocurrency markets has lead to…

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Marmots, Mosquitoes Muddy Good Times At Chelan PUD Parks

The Chelan County PUD is asking visitors to Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park, Rocky Reach Hydro Park and Riverfront Park in Wenatchee to not feed marmots. The utility says the common rodents have wreaked havoc on flowers, caused damage to fish habitat and riverbank destabilization along the rocky banks of the Columbia and Chelan Rivers, said…

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Grant PUD Creates New ‘Evolving Industry’ Rate Class To Address Deluge Of Cryptocurrency Miners

An influx of cryptocurrency firms looking to establish a foothold in North Central Washington has local utilities re-examining their commercial pay rates. Grant County PUD commissioners unanimously agreed last week to create a new customer rate class for cryptocurrency miners. Commissioners said core customers – residential, irrigation and commercial – continue to be first in…

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Chelan PUD Extends Halt On Applications For Cryptocurrency Miners

The Chelan County PUD’s pause on new cryptocurrency businesses looking to locate in the county will remain in place at least through August. PUD staff reviewed steps taken since the board imposed the application moratorium for cryptocurrency mining and similar data operations in March and presented them to the board of commissioners Monday. More than…

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