Public Utility

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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Chelan PUD Monitoring Chelan River Gorge Slope After Recent Rockslides

A slope in the Chelan River Gorge is being closely monitored by Chelan PUD following the discovery of a potential slide. The PUD has been watching this area for more than 25 years with little activity, but when employees were scouting the area with Chelan residents to identify potential locations for extending the Reach 1…

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Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Tree Seedling Distribution This Saturday

April showers – check. May flowers – no doubt. But don’t forget about the trees and shrubs. The annual Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day seedling distribution day is this Saturday at locations in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Chelan PUD arborist Bill Sanborn, who manages their vegetation program, joins Dan Langager in the KOHO studio to talk about…

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Grant PUD Continues Investigating Priest Rapids Dam Spillway Leak

The Grant County PUD declared a non-failure emergency at Priest Rapids Dam, lowering the reservoir for spillway inspection. Officials said it was out of an abundance of caution, after inspection drilling revealed leaking in spillway monoliths. Priest Rapids Dam will continue to generate electricity and dam operations will continue as usual. There is no threat…

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Lake Chelan’s Old Mill Boat Launch Closure Starts Next Monday

A Chelan County PUD contractor will rebuild the boat launch parking at Old Mill Park on Lake Chelan after more than 20 years of service. The PUD looked at options to keep the boat launch open. However, officials said after analyzing safety concerns, for the public and workers, it was determined that closing the launch…

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Chelan PUD Halts Cryptocurrency Applications, Says County Electric Grid At Risk

The Chelan County PUD has stopped taking or processing applications for electric service for cryptocurrency mining. PUD board members unanimously imposed the application moratorium after reviewing impacts on utility operations from existing loads and applications for service. General Manager Steve Wright said impacts from cryptocurrency mining applications are hampering responses to the District’s overall planned…

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