Fuel Source Diversity

On Nov.19, 2007, Chelan County PUD commissioners held a hearing at 2 p.m. in the boardroom at 327 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, Wash., to consider adopting proposed standards for fuel source diversity and fossil fuel efficiency. On Dec. 3, 2007, commissioners did not adopt the fuel source diversity standard, but determined that it may be in the best interests of the District to adopt a fuel source diversity standard before 2011, if appropriate. Commissioners also declined to adopt the fossil fuel efficiency standard, finding it not applicable to the District.

Here is a brief explanation of the standards that were considered:

Fuel Source Diversity
According to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, each electric utility shall develop a plan to minimize dependence on one fuel source and to ensure that the electric energy it sells to consumers is generated using a diverse range of fuels and technologies, including renewable technologies.

Fossil Fuel Efficiency
According to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, each electric utility shall develop and implement a 10-year plan to increase the efficiency of its fossil fuel generation.

Public comment process
A presentation was made to the Board of Commissioners on July 30, 2007, describing the PURPA process and setting forth a schedule for consideration and determination of these two standards. In accordance with deadlines in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Board initiated consideration of the fuel source diversity and fossil fuel efficiency standards before Aug. 8, 2007. A display advertisement and legal notice requesting public comment was published on Aug. 5, 2007. Legal notice of the public hearing was published on Oct. 19, 2007 and a display advertisement was published on Nov. 4, 2007. A public hearing was held Nov. 19, 2007 and a determination on each standard was made on Dec. 3, 2007.

This Web site includes several links to documents that the Board issued in association with its PURPA consideration process. The Web site also serves as the repository for public comment and proposals when they are received. Finally, hearing transcripts and other information of record are available on the PUD Web site here.

Questions about this site may be directed to Susan Gillin at (509) 661-4249. For more information, see related documents.