North Shore Chelan Substation

Chelan County PUD has been working closely with the community since 2015 to construct a new substation on the north shore of Lake Chelan, between Chelan and Manson. The two existing substations serving that area, Union Valley and Wapato, are nearing capacity. In November 2017, the PUD, along with community input, selected a site off Henderson Road for the new substation.

For more information about substations, visit our Substation FAQ.
Aerial image of the North Shore of Lake Chelan

Community Outreach

During the design phase, the PUD will establish a Design Advisory Committee (DAC) that will represent the neighboring property owners. The DAC will help the PUD understand what the stakeholders value in the design of the substation, including landscaping, lighting, general aesthetics, and more. Through this process, we will develop design principles that PUD staff and the consultant can use through the design phase.

We anticipate reaching out to stakeholders in early 2020 to recruit for the Design Advisory Committee.

The PUD is always open to hearing feedback from the public. We will update this website regularly as the project moves forward. Sign up for email updates to stay informed about the design process.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Jenna Rahm at or by calling (509) 661-4630.

Project Timeline

The North Shore Chelan Substation will enter the design phase in 2019. Construction is scheduled to start in late 2020, with the substation energized in 2021.

North Shore Chelan Substation Timeline

Site Selection

In 2015, the PUD started working with the community and a Focus Group of stakeholders to evaluate 18 potential sites for the new substation. Based on operational and aesthetic considerations, staff and the Focus Group narrowed those sites to two alternatives: one off Boyd Road, 2.3 miles from the intersection with SR150, and one off Henderson Road.

Staff presented the final evaluation of the two sites based on community input and operational decision criteria and selected the site off Henderson Road as the preferred location. In November 2017, PUD Commissioners approved moving forward with purchase of the Henderson Road site.

Map of the Henderson Road susbtation site