Public Utility

Chelan PUD Planning 13 New, Expanded Substations Due To Rising Energy Demand

Energy use in the Lake Chelan area has grown nearly five times higher than in other areas of the county since 2015, according to the Chelan County PUD. Customer Service Director Andy Wendell told KOHO that is accelerating planning to meet the area-wide electric needs for new homes, businesses and industry, including an invitation for…

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2018 ‘Very Good Year’ For Chelan PUD, GM Steve Wright Says

2018 was a positive year for the Chelan County PUD, said their General Manager Steve Wright. And he said they have more than 70 initiatives to tackled this year. Wright joins Dan Langager in the KOHO studios to recap last year and look ahead. He said they’ll be developing a new strategic plan for 2020-2024,…

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Chelan PUD Launches Hydropower Research Institute

Optimizing hydropower through digital transformation is the goal of a new research institute in Wenatchee. Launched by the Chelan PUD, it has a primary goal – use data analytics to reduce operating costs, avoid outages and minimize maintenance time. Marcus Bellissimo reports.

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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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