Fuel Mix Disclosure

Because Chelan County PUD at times buys electricity from a variety of sources throughout the Pacific Northwest, state reporting requirements obligate the PUD to include as part of its fuel mix a calculated percentage of the various sources that generated that purchased power. Total Chelan County load shown in the far right column of the top grid comes from the fuel sources listed.  More than 98 percent of local load supplied by the PUD is from hydroelectric generation.

Although Chelan County PUD sponsors the Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) program, solar generation is reported as 0 percent. Solar panels and wind turbines at schools, nonprofit agencies and private homes and businesses that are part of the SNAP program in Chelan County are not owned by the PUD or purchased with District funds, so SNAP solar generation cannot be counted in the PUD’s fuel mix. In the Northwest Power Pool (Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho) there isn’t enough solar generation to make up even a fractional percentage of the total generation.

Chelan County PUD does own a share of the Nine Canyon Wind Project. But the report shows the PUD having 0 percent wind energy in its fuel mix. That's because the District has sold the environmental attributes associated with the Nine Canyon Wind Project through a program known as Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), so wind generation cannot be counted here.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chelan County PUD has no coal generation. But the PUD's market purchases are deemed under state reporting requirements to take on a regional “fuel mix” and so are included here.

Image of 2017 Chelan PUD Fuel Mix chart