PUD Awards

Chelan PUD is an award-winning utility, often recognized for its innovation and achievements.

2011 Awards

  • Demonstration of Energy Efficient Developments (DEED) Award presented to Chelan County PUD by American Public Power Association (APPA) for idle-reduction technology installed on PUD heavy-duty vehicles to save fuel and extend vehicle life.

2010 Awards

  • Outstanding Steward of America’s Waters from National Hydropower Association. The award recognized the $16 million one-of-a-kind undertaking completed in 2009 as part of the new 50-year operating license for the Lake Chelan Hydro Project. The project restores year-round flows to the Chelan River, adds four acres of new spawning and rearing habitat at the lower end of the river and provides additional water from a new pump station at key times of the year for steelhead and salmon spawning.

2009 Awards

  • Northwest Public Power Association’s Safety Award, recognizing Chelan PUD’s safety results based on more than 1,000,000 staff hours of exposure for 2008. The safety results consider the number of recordable injury/illness cases and lost work days.

2008 Awards

  • Hydro Achievement Award from National Hydropower Association in category of "Operational Excellence" for the PUD's comprehensive security program.
  • State "lifesaving and humanitarian" award for heroic acts that saved lives: Chelan County PUD employees Blake Hancock, Mike Broderson and Jose Urrutia saved a man from drowning after he fell down an embankment into the Columbia River at Walla Walla Point Park.
  • Northwest Public Power Association’s Excellence in Communication contest recognized Chelan County PUD for its top communication efforts with an award for the Internet Web site and 2007 Annual Report.

2006 Awards

  • National Hydropower Association's Public Education Hydro Achievement Award, in recognition of the River of Power program.
  • National Hydropower Association's Outstanding Stewardship of America's Rivers Award, in recognition of the Rocky Reach and Rock Island Habitat Conservation Plans.

2005 Awards

  • National Hydropower Association's Outstanding Stewardship of America's Rivers Award, in recognition of the Rocky Reach and Rock Island Habitat Conservation Plans.

2004 Awards

  • E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award is presented to one or two utilities annually for overall achievement and customer benefits. Chelan County PUD has won the award twice before, in 1959 and 1991, and now becomes only the second utility in the country to win it three times.
  • National Hydropower Association's Technological Solutions Hydro Achievement Award, in recognition of the Rocky Reach juvenile fish bypass system.
  • Paul J. Raver Award, Northwest Public Power Association, in recognition of Chelan County PUD community service.

2003 Awards

  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council 2003 National Renewable Energy Recognition Award, in recognition of the SNAP (Sustainable Natural Alternative Power) program.
  • Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Certificate of Appreciation, 2003, in recognition of cooperative efforts that allowed the state to keep operating PUD parks during a difficult state budget crunch.
  • American Fisheries Society Western Division Conservation Achievement Award, 2003, in recognition of construction of the $112 million fish bypass system at Rocky Reach Dam.