Chelan County PUD provides safe, reliable, high quality, low cost, clean and renewable energy to more than 47,000 customer owners. This power comes from the three hydroelectric projects owned and operated by the PUD – Chelan Dam on the Chelan River at the southern end of Lake Chelan; Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dams on the Columbia River.  

The PUD moves that power from the dams to homes throughout the county via a complex transmission and distribution system. Essential to delivering energy to customers is the operation of 34 distribution substations located strategically throughout the PUD’s service territory.  These substations are located in rural, commercial and residential locations throughout the county.

Substations are an important investment for the PUD in order to meet customer power needs today and well into the future. The PUD develops anticipated load growth estimates and determines how that growth will be serviced with safe and reliable power for many years. Planning begins well ahead of actually starting construction.

Today, the PUD is looking at the need for a substation in the Leavenworth area and the north shore of Lake Chelan.  Customer growth in these areas is estimated to increase at a greater rate than much of the rest of the county. The existing substations that serve these areas are nearing capacity.  New substations are needed in both areas in the next three to five years in order to redistribute some of this known electrical load and to anticipate further growth.

We know that putting a substation anywhere, particularly in a residential area, can be difficult. The PUD has worked successfully with several neighborhood groups in the Wenatchee area on substation site selection and construction. Please take a look at other examples of residential locations.

Community Involvement

The PUD is committed to involving the community in the discussion of any substation site selection process. Community focus groups have been created in Leavenworth and Chelan to engage the community in the process of siting the substations. The focus groups are a balanced representation of both the residential and business communities as well as public organizations.   

We will continue to update the North Shore Chelan Substation website and the Bavarian Substation website.  Community meetings may be scheduled as needed to communicate and engage with a larger audience as the projects progress.

If you would like to be on an email distribution list for regular communication about either of these projects, please email Teka Sellers or call 509-661-4294.

Okanogan Substation Image Okanogan Ave. Substation