Public Utility

LED Light Bulbs – Coming To A Streetlight Near You

Starting this fall, residents of Chelan County may notice changes to night-time lighting. The Chelan PUD is working with the five cities in the county to convert their streetlights to LED lamps. About 3,750 lights will be replaced, most of them in Wenatchee, as well as Cashmere, Leavenworth, Entiat and Chelan. The PUD says benefits…

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Down From $1 Billion, Chelan PUD Debt Ratio Falls Below 35 Percent

The Chelan County PUD reached its primary financial goal following the Great Recession and over a billion dollars in debt – getting the utility’s debt ratio below 35 percent. That means the PUD has cut its debt nearly in half since 2010. The year-end balance is forecast at $513.5 million. Reducing debt is one of three strategic priorities.…

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‘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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