The PUD began working with the community in 2015 to find a location for a new substation in the Leavenworth area to support growth and development in the Upper Valley. The existing double-bank substation serving this area is nearing capacity.
At the July 10 PUD Commission meeting, staff presented results of the feasibility report performed on the three sites under consideration. The findings of the feasibility report points to PUD-owned property on Chumstick Highway as the preferred site for the new substation. The PUD is working with stakeholders in the vicinity of the Chumstick site on substation design variables such as landscaping, fencing, lighting and more.Permit-level design of the substation and preliminary planning for the Conditional Use Permitting process began in August.
On Sept. 6, the PUD held it's second meeting with neighbors from the area around the existing transmission lines to provide detail on new transmission line route alternatives and hear input on the options. The public comment period for transmission line routing is open until Sept. 30. You can provide comments here or email email@example.com. PUD staff will make a recommendation to PUD Commissioners based on the feasibility analysis and public input.
We will continue to update our website and our outreach efforts via email and direct mail will continue as we move into the next phase of this project.