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What’s The Future Of Bitcoin In North Central Washington?

Bitcoins went on a meteoric rise in 2017, partly thanks to server operators using cheap electricity from public utility districts for their cryptocurrency data mining. The Chelan County PUD has reported a recent surge in inquires about new large load power services from bitcoin and blockchain operations. John Stoll, Managing Director of Customer Utilities, said…

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Chelan PUD GM Steve Wright Talks Long-Term Finances, Changing Electricity Markets

Chelan County PUD General Manager Steve Wright joins Dan Langager in the KOHO studio to talk about the utility’s finances – from a debt payment this  year of $52 million, bringing their outstanding debt to $537 million – about a 38 percent debt ratio and new contracts with Avangrid Renewables of Portland, Ore. and Avista of Spokane, to a bottom line projection…

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Chelan PUD Partnering with Stemilt Growers on New Olds Station Substation

Even as the Chelan County PUD wraps up work on a new Leavenworth substation site, PUD engineers are working to meet future growth in other areas of the county, including north Wenatchee. The current Olds Station substation was built in 1979 and, in addition to the aging equipment, is now at 90 percent capacity. Chelan PUD commission…

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Chelan PUD, Plug-In NCW Install Five Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric vehicle ownership in the area continues to rise as performance increases while decreasing the amount of CO2 from internal combustion engines. The Chelan County PUD teamed up with the non-profit Plug-In NCW and now there are five new public electric charging stations in the greater Wenatchee area. In 2015, PUD commissioners adopted a strategic plan that included about…

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City of Leavenworth Update – Mayor Cheri Farivar

Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Farivar joins Dan Langager on the KOHO Morning Show to talk about last night’s presentation by the Chelan PUD on the two proposed locations for a new substation, as well as asphalt paving projects across the city, funding wastewater treatment plant improvements and an upcoming low-income housing study throughout the county.

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Following Low Spring Salmon Numbers, Average Summer Migration Underway

Fish – lots and lots of fish – are moving past the windows into the fish ladder at Rocky Reach Visitor Center right now. Thad Mosey, senior fish biologist at Rocky Reach Dam, said this year’s adult salmon – Chinook and sockeye – and steelhead are returning to their home waters to spawn. So far, summer…

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Chelan PUD Issues Boil Water Advisory for Olds Station

Yesterday morning the automated controls that operate the PUD’s water system malfunctioned in Olds Station and a portion of the water system affecting about 250 customers in the area lost pressure. Repairs have been made and water service has been restored. The affected customers are within the following geographic area:  Lower Sunnyslope Road/Penny Road on the…

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Chelan PUD to Design Meter Replacement Plan for 2018

Chelan PUD Commissioners want a system design plan for digital two-way electric meters by year’s end. At the board meeting yesterday, Commissioner Steve McKenna tells KOHO the PUD’s mission is to provide reliable electric service and he wants staff to gather more information for the board to decide how best to proceed. The two-way, digital…

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Higher Electricity Use During Cold Winter Beefs Up Chelan PUD Revenue

First quarter reports are in for the Chelan County PUD and they show millions more coming into the utility’s coffers than expected. That’s largely due to the region’s cold winter, with households turning up the thermostat and using more energy. Dan Langager reports on where that extra revenue might go.

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Chelan PUD Board Approves One-Year Alcoa Contract Extension

Chelan County PUD Commissioner’s approved a contract extension with Alcoa yesterday, a move they said will preserve the opportunity to further consider restarting its aluminum smelter located south of Wenatchee. Alcoa will make a $7.3 million partial payment, with the balance of the $67 million payment due in a year. PUD Commissioner Garry Arseneault joins Chris Hansen to…

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