Your PUD News


11/20/2015 - Popular Sage Hills Trails to close for the winter on Dec. 1

Annual closure to protect habitat for mule deer and other wildlife

11/16/2015 - Chelan PUD commissioners review Alcoa contract, annexation policy and new large load rates

Commission meeting news. Other news: fish passage results, self-insurance program, 2016 budget, Western Electric Coordinating Council review, appliance rebate, sewer pump station

11/5/2015 - Dan Frazier to join Chelan PUD as director of Shared Services

Frazier replaces Steve Currit who recently retired from the PUD

11/2/2015 - Commissioners review 2016 budget with no electric rate change

Commission meeting news. Other news: role in annexations, fiber system expansion, utility servic regulations, new substation on the north shore of Lake Chelan

10/19/2015 - Chelan PUD’s strategic focus on finances keeps bond rating strong

Commission meeting news. Other news: rebuilding of Rock Island's turbines, Wildfire and Us, Public Power benefit proposal, annexation and north shore of Lake Chelan.

10/5/2015 - PUD engineer’s proposal wins national crowdsourcing contest

Commission meeting news. Other news: five-year business plan, Public Power Benefit Week, Senior Damboree

9/25/2015 - Customers invited for three times the fun during public power benefit week

Electric vehicle showcase; a look at lake level and grownup games at Rocky Reach set for Oct. 3-10.

9/22/2015 - Chelan PUD board reviews steps to implement strategic plan

Commission meeting news. Other topics: data processing rate class, large load customers, crane incident

9/10/2015 - Chelan PUD selling vehicles at County surplus auction on Sept. 26

Items no longer useful to PUD up for auction to bring value for customer-owners

9/8/2015 - Turbine repairs for large units at Rocky Reach Dam stay on schedule

Contractor starts work on first unit, PUD commissioners updated on planned steps for next unit

8/27/2015 - Six Columbia River boat launches are open for the public from Rock Island to Daroga Park

Firefighters move into Wenatchee Confluence Park group camp, closing launch there

8/23/2015 - Chelan PUD focuses on support for fire operations on south shore of Lake Chelan

Crews also working on permanent repairs, strengthening the system where there has been extensive damage

8/20/2015 - PUD crews restore vital distribution backbone in Azwell area

Power restored to about 200 more customers – focus today is on Antoine Creek area and Chelan Butte communication facilities

8/19/2015 - Chelan-area power and fiber repairs progress well

94 percent of Chelan/Manson customers now have power and 98 percent have fiber service restored

8/18/2015 - Chelan PUD has ten crews working on power restoration in the Chelan

Focus is on the area of Antoine Creek and the Chelan Airport

8/18/2015 - Manson substation taken offline for about 45 minutes due to tree in powerlines

As many as 3100 customers in the Manson/South Shore area lost power this afternoon – all but 500 back in service

8/17/2015 - PUD Commission updated on damage and restoration for chelan complex fire

Commission meeting news. Other news: latest results of the detailed study on turbines at Rocky Reach Dam, new water and wastewater rates, rate classification

8/17/2015 - Chelan PUD restores power to all but 600 customers in Chelan Valley

Remaining outages are in areas of significant damage, continuing fire activity and/or steep terrain

8/17/2015 - Internet service restored to most of Chelan and Manson

Most should have internet and cable access – crews continue to work on service in Chelan Falls and along Hwy 97

8/16/2015 - Work continues for Chelan PUD crews through the evening

Focus on south shore of Lake Chelan from Yacht Club to Monument, Lakeside and Chelan Falls

8/16/2015 - Chelan PUD restores power to 7,000 customers in chelan valley

South shore of Lake Chelan, Antoine, Airport and Chelan Falls areas still without power

8/15/2015 - Chelan PUD preparing to restore downtown Chelan and areas of the north shore

PUD asking public’s help and patience as restoration begins

8/15/2015 - Get latest fire-related power updates

Widespread outages result from fires near Chelan.

8/15/2015 - PUD making system repairs as fire conditions allow

Fire crews moving into Beebe Bridge Park Day-Use area for staging

8/15/2015 - PUD assessing damange to transmission and distribution lines to determine repairs

More than 30 poles burned and need to be replaced

8/14/2015 - Power remains out in the City of Chelan due to fires

Four Chelan PUD substations are offline

8/14/2015 - Two Chelan PUD substations are out of service in Chelan-Manson area

Wapato and Manson substations are offline due to Chelan fire

8/13/2015 - Thirty-year security veteran joins Chelan PUD as director of security

Bill Larson retiring from PUD after seven years and 28 years of service with State Patrol

8/6/2015 - Chelan Falls Park to be used as a fire camp – closed to public

Chelan PUD working with fire crews battling Wolverine, Goode and Blankenship fires

8/3/2015 - Chelan PUD net revenue figures shows solid performance in second quarter

Commission meeting news. Other news: day-use parking pass, proposed rate increase, 2015 performance plan, Chelan North Shore Substation, crane accident

7/30/2015 - Lake Chelan level drops a little in preparation for maintenance work

Level down about a half-foot in the last 10 days

7/21/2015 - Approval to buy Rocky Reach Dam equipment will increase efficiency, safety

Commission meeting news. Other topics: update on new substations, revising policies; drop in future market prices, new energy conservation, parking passes

7/15/2015 - More than 900 customers applied early for Chelan PUD day-use parking pass

Passes being mailed today – can be used until Dec. 31, 2016

7/7/2015 - Commissioners update, extend large load moratorium for five months

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Strategic Plan, 2015 reduction goal, day-use parking pass study, Water and Wastewater, Sleepy Hollow Fire.

7/6/2015 - Chelan County PUD makes 2015 debt reduction payments totaling $122 million

Utility on track to meet goal of reducing debt by $350 million through 2019.

6/30/2015 - Scammers are at it again: this time using caller ID to confuse PUD customers

Don’t fall for it! Hang up and call Chelan PUD if you get a call demanding payment “or else”

6/30/2015 - Chelan PUD replaces damaged distribution pole structures in Sleepy Hollow burn area

PUD set to repair transmission structures in the Sage Hills area early tomorrow

6/29/2015 - PUD assessing fire damage and will begin repairs when safe

Crews checking system for extent of fire damage

6/26/2015 - Chelan Pud Steps Up Water Conservation During Drought

Less watering and mowing in parks to help save water.

6/23/2015 - Keep your (home) cool when summer temps head toward 100

PUD’s conservation experts offer tips for saving energy and money.

6/18/2015 - Chelan PUD invites customers to be part of pilot program for a day-use parking pass

New public power benefit program to get underway – open houses set for the public.

6/15/2015 - Chelan PUD looks at ways to reduce carbon footprint

Commission meeting news. Other topics: video head-end, proposed rate structure, fleet electrification, day-use parking permit, award for veteran hiring.

6/9/2015 - Decade of support for lineman rodeo earns four PUDs national service award

Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan PUDs raised $190,000 for scholarships in honor of fallen lineworker

6/2/2015 - Long-time Chelan PUD attorney, Carol Wardell, retiring effective June 11

15-year General Counsel ready to “take on new challenges,” including re-learning the piano

6/1/2015 - Chelan County PUD kicks off its public power benefit program

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Waiving parking fees, District's large load policies, District's five-year plan

5/19/2015 - All-new Entiat Park opens Friday for Memorial Day weekend camping

Columbia River park features trails, picnic areas, expanded boat launch, plus 31 RV sites and 26 tent sites.

5/6/2015 - Journey through the generations at Rocky Reach with renowned Native American teachers

All ages are invited to free program celebrating culture and wildlife May 16

5/4/2015 - Community’s vision realized for park and trail linking the two rivers at Entiat’s doorstep

Commission meeting news. Other topics: First quarter 2015 results, debt reduction, Douglas County land surplus, Rocky Reach Dam winding replacement.

4/21/2015 - Douglas and Chelan PUD customers benefit from transfer of McNeil Canyon area service

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Bolz is WPUDA President, policy updates, Lake Chelan levels, GPON fiber update.

4/6/2015 - Five-year strategic plan with public power benefits unanimously adopted

Commission meeting news. Other topics: C8 incident analysis, collective bargaining agreement accepted, large-load discussion, snowpack estimate.

4/4/2015 - South lakeshore road maintenance work begins

Chelan County PUD will complete the last mile of pole and wire replacement work in 2015

3/27/2015 - Popular trail through Horan Natural Area getting much-needed maintenance

Closure planned April 6-10 to restore and re-gravel 1.8-mile spur off Wenatchee’s loop trail

3/27/2015 - Great advice on the right tree: Arbor Day celebration April 11

Get help to pick the right tree for your landscape and location - Arbor Day is Aprill 11, offering free advice and seedlings by donation

3/16/2015 - Customer-owner ideas are going into action at Chelan PUD

Commission meeting news: Other topics: Rocky Reach large unit repairs, cabins at Lincoln Rock State Park

3/6/2015 - New retaining wall and paving will smooth the way for trail users at riverwalk park

Work starting Tuesday will bring trail closures, detours during the three-week project

3/2/2015 - Customers invited to review proposed strategic plan

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Lake Chelan level, new large loads, mule deer summit and transformer move.

2/26/2015 - Wenatchee’s first-ever mule deer summit

Learn why resource agencies are actively protecting mule deer habitat

2/21/2015 - Big, new transformer is making its way to Rocky Reach switchyard

Delivery of 312,000-pound piece will slow traffic on highways 2/28 and 97 on Feb. 27.

2/20/2015 - New season and new cafe at Rocky Reach Visitor Center

Mama D’s Kitchen brings new treats and eats to Rocky Reach

2/17/2015 - PUD commissioners weigh ideas from owners guide responses

Commission meeting news: other topics; Rocky Reach large unit repairs.

2/2/2015 - PUD Commissioners hear from customers on electric service to new large loads

Commission meetings news. Board members agree to extend moratorium for at least five months on requests for 1 aMW or more.

1/21/2015 - There’s still time to be part of Chelan County history

Deadline looms for submitting your Chelan PUD Owners Guide response

1/19/2015 - Be a part of history! Help Chelan PUD make improvements in our quality of life

Commission meeting news. Other topics: $9.1 million debt payment, power market trends.

1/5/2015 - PUD commissioners re-elect Congdon as 2015 board president

Commission meeting news. Other topics: strategic planning, spring runoff forecast, large load hearing.


12/30/2014 - PUD To Control Beaver Activity In Parks

Beavers are destroying newly planted trees and shrubs in Entiat Park, as well as destroying important shoreline vegetation in Walla Walla Point, Confluence and Riverfront parks.

12/15/2014 - Commissioners call for review of electric service to new loads of 1 aMW or more

Commission meeting news. Other topics: retiring Commissioner Norm Gutzwiler, strategic planning, fish habitat improvements in tributary streams.

12/5/2014 - Chelan PUD employees receive industry awards for outstanding performance

Washington PUDs Association recognize Chelan PUD employees’ service to peers and community.

12/1/2014 - Commissioners unanimously pass 2015 budget with no change to utility rates

Priorities include paying down debt; investing in dams

11/21/2014 - Popular Sage Hills Trails to close for the winter on Dec. 1

Annual closure to protect habitat for mule deer and other wildlife

11/17/2014 - Rebuilding turbine-generators at Rock Island Dam would extend reliable operation

Commission meeting news. Other topics: water utility tax litigation with the city of Wenatchee, 2015 budget, parks policies, strategic planning.

11/10/2014 - #10,000 chooses convenience and saving money

Wenatchee resident signs up for Chelan County PUD’s Powerpay and gets treated to a surprise

11/3/2014 - Chelan PUD’s plan for the future invites more customer conversations

Commission meeting news. Other topics: strategic planning, 2015 budget, 2014 financial update.

10/20/2014 - PUD Commissioners review building blocks of 2015 budget

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Strategic planning

10/15/2014 - PUD lobby open for customers during sidewalk safety upgrades

Parking reserved for customers in lower lot

10/13/2014 - Psst! Kids – get your parents out for some fun this weekend

New playground, family workouts featured at Walla Walla Point Park on Saturday, Oct. 18

10/10/2014 - Chelan County PUD plans informal chats in chelan with customer-owners

Get your PUD-related questions answered on Tuesday, Oct. 14

10/9/2014 - New boardwalk decking going in on south shore of chelan riverwalk park

Detours needed to replace worn walkway and handrails with longwearing hardwood

10/6/2014 - Commissioners hear five-year plans for work needed to meet customer expectations

Commission meeting news. Other topics: PUD finances, strategic planning, Habitat Conservation Plan, Public Power Week,

10/6/2014 - Customers and community invited to celebrate benefits of public power this week

Join Chelan PUD at Pybus Market on Saturday, Oct. 11, to get ready for winter, enter prize drawings

9/25/2014 - Upgrades start this week for PUD ramp and dock in downtown Chelan

Work will close access to ramp and dock through October

9/22/2014 - Lincoln Rock and Daroga state parks to get new docks

Work starts this week at Lincoln Rock State Park

9/18/2014 - Chelan County PUD to plant flowering ornamental trees in park

Damage to sidewalk and messy acorns spell end to Oak trees

9/15/2014 - PUD and Chelan agree on sale of PUD’s downtown property to the city

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliances, distributed generation.

9/12/2014 - Auction on Sept. 20 to bring value for Chelan County PUD surplus property

Customers and community members can preview items and bid online

9/2/2014 - Commissioners recognize advantages of long-term repairs to four largest units at Rocky Reach Dam

Commission meeting news. Other topics: fiber equipment discount; surplus land hearing; special meetings set.

8/28/2014 - Boat launches at Confluence State Park; Wenatchee Riverfront to close Sunday night, Aug. 31

Columbia River levels on Rock Island and Rocky Reach reservoirs expected lower through next Thursday

8/18/2014 - Chelan PUD looks ahead to benefits of smart grid technology for customers

Commission meeting news. Other topics: McNeil Canyon, outage response, strategic planning and Lineman Rodeo.

8/14/2014 - Chelan PUD park users: Tell us what you like or want to change

Answers to online survey will help shape the future for PUD parks

8/4/2014 - PUD reaches annual conservation target in six months

Commission meeting news. Other topics: financial forecasts improved by $9 million during the second quarter, electric load, Lake Chelan measurements, strategic planning update.

7/30/2014 - Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park boat launch reopens

Crews finish 38 foot boat launch ramp extension early

7/21/2014 - Chelan County PUD seeking your great ideas for the next generation of public power

Commission meeting news. Other topics: fire response, Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

7/21/2014 - Special opportunity to go behind the scenes at Rocky Reach Dam

Extended hours and hard-hat tours welcome guests to dam July 21-26

7/18/2014 - Chelan County PUD aiding in donations for Red Cross - July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014 - People who want to help those affected by the wildfires burning across the region can donate at Chelan County PUD offices in Wenatchee, Chelan and Leavenworth.

7/17/2014 - Repairs to close three sections of Chelan Riverwalk trail July 22, 23

Contractor for Chelan County PUD will replace and repair asphalt on the popular trail

7/10/2014 - PUD’s River Ramble to be rescheduled due to Mills Canyon fire

Smoke, heat and highway closure prompt program postponement

7/8/2014 - PUD will extend boat ramp to respond to lower river levels

Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park launch in Douglas County to close July 14; reopen in early August.

7/7/2014 - Chelan County PUD strengthens financial position with additional debt pay down

Commission meeting news. Other topics: IRP.

7/3/2014 - River flows will start to drop through the rest of the summer

River levels on Rock Island and Rocky Reach reservoirs expected to be lower

7/3/2014 - Renowned Native American educators to appear at Rocky Reach

Free program celebrates culture and wildlife July 11-12

7/3/2014 - Lake Chelan ready to welcome holiday visitors

Flows into the Chelan River Gorge are balancing lake level with mountain runoff

7/2/2014 - It’s a ‘fish mob’ at Rocky Reach Dam

More than 300,000 adult sockeye expected to pass through the dam

7/1/2014 - Parking areas enforced at Wenatchee Riverfront Park

Passenger vehicle visitors reminded to keep clear of boat trailer parking

6/16/2014 - Chelan PUD commissioners decide not to appeal water tax decision

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Insurance coverage; strategic planning; Andrew York Lineman Rodeo.

6/13/2014 - Columbia River flows expected to drop through the weekend

River level on Rock Island Reservoir likely to be lower

6/9/2014 - Fish passage from Priest rapids, Wanapum and Rock Island dams going well

Efforts to install extended fish ladders for adult spring Chinook, steelhead and lamprey show positive results

6/2/2014 - PUD line crews work nearly round the clock to rebuild fire-damaged transmission lines

Commission meeting news: Other topics, surplus land sale; insurance coverage; Berne Substation rebuild; Alcatel contract.

5/29/2014 - PUD restores power to major employer after fire damages lines

Wildfire south of Wenatchee also disrupts service for about 200 others

5/28/2014 - Revised financial targets include goal for PUD to continue reducing long-term debt

Commissioners meeting news.

5/22/2014 - Public boat launches on Lake Chelan are open for holiday weekend

Looking ahead, normal runoff forecast means lake level to be higher than target on June 1

5/19/2014 - Chelan PUD’s strong finances protect customers from impacts of Wanapum Dam

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

5/14/2014 - Paving to close Hydro Park boat launch for the day on May 15

Ramps at Wenatchee Riverfront and Confluence State Park offer Columbia River access

5/12/2014 - PUD to expand cabin camping at Lincoln Rock State Park

Meeting to discuss plans set for 6 p.m. on May 22

5/8/2014 - PUD removes emergency action plan status at Rock Island Dam

River conditions have stabilized and dam operations are returning to normal

4/29/2014 - Gov. Inslee taps Chelan County PUD’s Wright for statewide carbon emission reduction taskforce

21-member taskforce to bring back recommendations in November

4/23/2014 - Walla Walla Point Park playground to get a makeover

Park users are invited to give input in design

4/21/2014 - Testing at Rock Island Dam will close boat ramps for a few hours

Launches will close for a few hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

4/21/2014 - Rocky Reach crew named safety heroes after reviving coworker suffering a heart attack

Commission meeting news. Other topics: updating financial targets; May 5 meeting canceled; United Way support.

4/18/2014 - Chelan County PUD opens another public boat launch on Rock Island reservoir

Increased river flow means boat ramp is accessible.

4/17/2014 - Chelan PUD returns last of Rocky Reach large turbines to commercial production

Unit C10 temporary repairs completed and successfully returned to service

4/16/2014 - First of spring chinook swim safely past Wanapum and Rock Island dams

Initial data reveals fish ladder modifications are effective.

4/16/2014 - Repairs for Loop Trail bridge will close Wenatchee River crossing

Pedestrian bridge near Confluence State Park will be closed April 23 and 24

4/15/2014 - Grant and Chelan PUDs ready for adult chinook spring runs

Fish hauling program begins at Priest Rapids Dam; Rock Island location 1 fish ladder extension complete

4/11/2014 - Ongoing work at Rock Island Dam will mean river level fluctuations

Chelan County PUD is installing three fish ladder extensions at Rock Island Dam.

4/11/2014 - Chelan County PUD advises irrigators to monitor Rocky Reach and Rock Island river levels this weekend

Temperatures could fall to near freezing.

4/8/2014 - Commissioners consider updating targets used to keep PUD finances on sustainable path

Commission meeting news. Other topics: salmon passage forum recap, Commissioner Gutzwiler will not seek third term.

4/4/2014 - PUDs alert customers to scam calls for payment

If a call is suspicious; hang up and call our office

3/28/2014 - Chelan PUD prepares for spring salmon passage

PUD is ready for juvenile and adult migration at Rock Island Dam

3/21/2014 - Be careful; keep an eye on water level during weekend flow test

Low Columbia River levels also will close Confluence State Park boat launch for the weekend

3/18/2014 - Rock Island reservoir irrigators asked to observe or test intakes on March 22 and 23

Chelan County PUD to hold river level to gather data on irrigator impact

3/17/2014 - Chelan PUD scores high in customer service and reliability in recent survey

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Wanapum response, wholesale fiber and telecom rates.

3/12/2014 - Meeting set on March 13 for Rock Island reservoir irrigators and well owners

State agencies, agriculture representatives and Chelan PUD to hear concerns

3/9/2014 - Seven operating units are back online at Rock Island Dam

River flows as well as head and tail water levels at the dam allow restart

3/7/2014 - Columbia River level fluctuations between Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams continue

PUD advises public to use caution this weekend

3/5/2014 - River levels to fluctuate between Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams

PUD doing flow testing at Rock Island on March 6

3/4/2014 - Chelan County PUD shuts down generation at Rock Island Dam

Action taken due to continuing drawdown of the Columbia River in the Wanapum Dam reservoir

3/3/2014 - Safe dam operations continue as Chelan PUD responds to changing river conditions

River and trail users cautioned to stay away from exposed banks; be alert to fluctuating water levels

3/3/2014 - New equipment can carry the load if a fix is needed at a PUD substation

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Wanapum Dam, hatchery agreement with state Department of Fish and Wildlife, wholesale fiber and telecom rates.

3/2/2014 - Chelan County PUD activates emergency action plan

Action taken due to lower than expected river conditions for Rock Island and Rocky Reach Dams

3/1/2014 - PUD advises caution by recreationists between Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams

River level to be lowered

2/28/2014 - Chelan County PUD monitoring impacts of emergency situation at Wanapum Dam

PUD engineering analysis determined Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams can operate safely at this time

2/21/2014 - Hunt for fun and facts at Rocky Reach Visitor Center

The dam will open to the public for its 53rd season at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 1.

2/18/2014 - PUD commissioners weigh customer comments; decide on water rate change

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Rocky Reach, wholesale power sales, snowpack, parks study, fiber rates.

2/10/2014 - Chelan PUD customers agree ‘conservation makes cents’

Campaign to raise awareness of conservation measures wins regional award

2/3/2014 - Strong 2013 results help Chelan PUD continue to pay down debt; meet financial targets

Commission meeting news. Other topics: water/wastewater rates, surveys, wholesale power sales, fiber rates and runoff forecasts.

1/24/2014 - Chelan PUD ♥ donations to Helping Hand Fund

Gift from the heart will help warm the homes of our neighbors in need

1/20/2014 - Collaborative effort puts new steps in place for confirming city utility taxes

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Rocky Reach update, wholesale power sales and runoff forecasts.

1/10/2014 - Customers are urged to prepare for blustery weekend weather

Chelan PUD crews are ready to respond if the forecast of winds, snow and rain interrupt service

1/6/2014 - Ann Congdon to lead Chelan County PUD Board of Commissioners in 2014

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Rocky Reach repairs, Powerpay promotion, wholesale power sales, snowpack.