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Commissioners review Chelan PUD's budget priorities and process

by Neil Neroutsos | Oct 22, 2019
Chelan PUD Commission Reviews Foundation of 2020 Budget

Chelan PUD commissioners Monday reviewed the foundation of the 2020 budget, which will be built around the utility’s strategic initiatives and business plans. Staff will bring a draft budget to the commission for review on Nov. 4.

“Our strategic plan is the cornerstone that helps guide our budgeting processes,” said General Manager Steve Wright. “Our customer-owners’ input has been invaluable as we develop a roadmap for the future.”

The budget assumes customer electric load growth of nearly 4 percent in 2020. Water use is expected to grow by 2 percent and wastewater by 1.5 percent. The PUD projects about 1,100 fiber installations next year.

The commission will consider the budget for adoption at its Dec. 2 meeting.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Applauded PUD Wireman Caleb Durkee for taking personal ownership to identify bolts on lifting equipment (00:15) that needed to be inspected during a turbine reassembly. His forward-thinking attitude resulted in a bolt being removed from service and an engineering review of lifting equipment.
  • Heard an electric load growth update (00:26), which projects a “base case” annual growth rate of 1.3 percent for the electric system (lower growth due to energy conservation) and a record number of about 1,000 new meter installations. Commissioners also received a status update on the design and construction/upgrading of seven PUD substations, including a mobile substation.
  • Received an update about proposed “fire hardening” of electrical infrastructure (01:16) in the area between Chelan and Manson in anticipation of additional community outreach. Staff included information about steps the utility is taking in the area of fire resilience.
  • Were briefed on recent community meetings (01:50) in Leavenworth, Entiat and Manson that provided customers with information about upcoming fiber expansion plans.

Upcoming events:

  • Oct. 31 – Discovery Center closes for season & renovation
  • Nov. 1 – Night at the Museum: Saying Goodbye, Discovery Center, 5:30 p.m. 
  • Nov. 4 – Commission meeting, 10 a.m.
  • Nov. 6 – South Confluence Area Workshops at Confluence Technology Center, 11 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day (PUD offices closed)

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The next regular PUD commission meeting is at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in the boardroom at 327 N. Wenatchee Ave.

Chelan PUD records most commission meetings, and a link to the audio is available on the PUD’s home page at Find us at and follow us on Twitter @ChelanPUD. 

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