Your PUD News


2014

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

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 - Lake Chelan ready to welcome holiday visitors

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

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

7/2/2014 - 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 - 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.

4/21/2014 - 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.

4/18/2014 - 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 - Repairs for Loop Trail bridge will close Wenatchee River crossing

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

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

Initial data reveals fish ladder modifications are effective.

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

Temperatures could fall to near freezing.

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.

4/8/2014 - 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 - 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.

3/3/2014 - 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

3/2/2014 - 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.


2013

12/18/2013 - Manson couple has an extra gift under the tree this year

Couple one of 8,000 Chelan PUD customers signed up for Powerpay.

12/16/2013 - Chelan County PUD brings two generating turbines back online

Commission meeting news. Other topics: preview of state legislative issues, four parcels of PUD land surplus to District needs.

12/15/2013 - Chelan County PUD testing turbine repairs at Rocky Reach

Testing will mean changing Columbia River levels between Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams.

12/13/2013 - Recommendation for treaty places high priority on rebalancing payments to Canada

Northwest electric ratepayers have much at stake in treaty negotiations.

12/2/2013 - Commissioners approve 2014 budget that meets financial targets and customer priorities

Commission meeting news: Electric rates to stay the same; plan includes reducing long-term debt by another $82 million.

11/21/2013 - Popular Sage Hills Trails to close for the winter on Dec. 2

Annual closure helps protect wintering mule deer and other wildlife

11/18/2013 - Proposed 2014 budget has Chelan PUD on track to meet financial targets and customer priorities

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Rocky Reach update, strategic planning, conservation efforts and Chief Joseph Hatchery.

11/4/2013 - Commissioners open 2014 budget discussions in public hearing

Commission meeting news. Other topics: new Managing Director of Human Resources, Energy Resources update.

10/24/2013 - Public can expect Columbia River fluctuations through the winter

Recreational users may notice changes in river levels

10/21/2013 - Commissioners to host discussions on 2014 budget in November

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Rocky Reach turnbines, Andrew York Lineman Rodeo, Fitch report, Public Power Week recap.

10/10/2013 - Rating agency confirms Chelan County PUD AA+ rating

Fitch Ratings also revises PUD outlook to stable

10/7/2013 - PUD commissioners set meetings in November to gather feedback on 2014 budget

Commission meeting news. Other topics: no electric rate increase, public power week, south shore fiber.

10/1/2013 - Join us for fun, prizes and valuable information Oct. 6-12

Public Power Week 2013 celebrates serving our community with pride

9/27/2013 - Lake Chelan community meeting set to talk about lake levels

PUD to brief community and gather input

9/26/2013 - Four generating units at Rocky Reach Dam taken out of service

Design flaw may have caused a crack in rod on one of the units.

9/16/2013 - Auction on Sept. 21 to bring value for PUD surplus property

Chelan County hosts sale at Easy Street shop

9/16/2013 - Powerpay paperless billing offers customers convenience and flexibility

Commission meeting news. Other topics: utility tax, Entiat Transmission project water reservoirs.

9/3/2013 - Chelan County PUD commissioners welcome new general manager

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Conservation, Columbia River Treaty.

8/29/2013 - Food, music and fun part of Entiat Park groundbreaking celebration

Festivities in store at the park on Sept. 10, 2013

8/19/2013 - Chelan County PUD fiber program to put recommended cost savings in place

The PUD is working with local service providers to remove batteries from the fiber power supply during the next three years.

8/5/2013 - Chelan PUD on track to finish 2013 with positive results $10 million ahead of budget

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Hydro bills pass Congress; Colockum Tarps Fire.

7/24/2013 - Steve Wright named next Chelan PUD general manager

PUD commissioners select former Bonneville Power Administration chief to lead PUD

7/22/2013 - Chelan PUD commissioners set open meeting on July 24 to discuss general manager selection

Current GM John Janney agrees to stay on until Sept. 15.

7/19/2013 - Get eye to eye with thousands of salmon a day at Rocky Reach

Most days in July, more than 2,000 adult sockeye and 1,500 adult Chinook salmon will make their way past the dam on the way upstream to spawn.

7/18/2013 - New efforts launched to communicate Lake Chelan levels

PUD to talk with Rotary and Chelan City Council

7/15/2013 - Chelan PUD confirms support for B.C. sockeye hatchery program

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Columbia River Treaty, Experience Rocky Reach, Squilchuck area water debt service retired.

7/1/2013 - Celebration set for Sept. 10 to launch Entiat Park renovations

Commission meeting news. Other topics: C10 repairs, conservation for large industrial customers.

6/28/2013 - Have a dam fine time for free

Chelan County PUD invites the community to Experience Rocky Reach Dam up close

6/24/2013 - Land Management Plans detail Chelan PUD’s role in shoreline development

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Lake Wenatchee fiber repairs, Cascadia Conservation District.

6/21/2013 - Hazard tree removal to close Braeburn Rd. June 26

Last winter’s storm leaves additional trees to be removed

6/14/2013 - South shore fiber rebuild complete; Fiber storm repairs to wrap up June 21

End-users urged to contact their service provider to restore service.

6/4/2013 - Hedging on wholesale power sales helps protect revenue and keep electric rates predictable

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Special meetings scheduled.

5/24/2013 - Lake Chelan ready to welcome summer visitors

Near normal 2013 spring run-off means conditions favorable for summer recreation.

5/24/2013 - Parking lot work will close Old Mill boat launch access Tuesday

Seal coating pavement and repainting lines of the boat launch parking lot at Old Mill Park will close access to the boat launch on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

5/20/2013 - District seeks balance on parking for PUD parks while supporting riverfront development

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Lake Chelan level, insurance.

5/9/2013 - Work on high-voltage switch requires outage for Mission Ridge area customers

Friday outage is set from 9 a.m. to noon.

5/6/2013 - Early financial results show District is on track to finish 2013 ahead of budget

Commission meeting news. Other topics: thank you for Carol Wardell, PUD awards.

4/24/2013 - Rocky Reach Dam’s high-tech treasure hunt receives national award

The D3 Tour Geocache Challenge was honored Tuesday by the National Hydro Association with an Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award (OSAW) for Public Education.

4/23/2013 - Trail, parking lot work will close Kirby Billingsley boat launch Thursday and Friday

Repairing pavement cracks and seal coating sections of the trail and the boat launch parking lot at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park will close the launch Thursday and Friday.

4/15/2013 - Chelan PUD and Entiat celebrate launch of improvements for city’s popular riverfront park

Commission meeting news. Other topics: water and wastewater rates and Reliable Public Power Provider RP3 award.

4/5/2013 - More comfort, less energy: New options offer homeowners more conservation choices

New rebates on appliances, free manufactured home duct sealing and free refrigerator removal with a $30 incentive are among the choices.

4/3/2013 - Transmission line work will require traffic detours on Okanogan Avenue, Crawford Street

Installing 95-foot poles on April 9 and 10 part of Okanogan Substation construction

4/2/2013 - Outage planned Thursday to replace power pole at Lake Wenatchee

About 190 Chelan PUD customers along Cedar Brae and South Shore roads and on Road 6607-112 will be affected.

4/1/2013 - Close to average runoff is forecast for Lake Chelan basin this year

Commission meeting news. Other topics: water and wastewater rate public meetings.

3/28/2013 - Free help to pick the right tree for your landscape and location

Learn how to plant the right tree in the right place by talking with local tree experts and Master Gardeners from Washington State University’s Extension Program at the annual Arbor Day celebration and tree seedling distribution on Saturday, April 6, 2013

3/22/2013 - Powering up new Crum Canyon Substation is final step in upgrades for Entiat Valley electric service

A power outage on Tuesday, April 2, is the final step in the construction done over the last year to meet growing demand for electric service in the city of Entiat and in the Entiat Valley.

3/18/2013 - Rate proposal keeps PUD water and sewer systems on track to close financial gaps

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Erik Wahlquist named general counsel and chief compliance officer, general manager search, Lake Wenatchee south shore fiber service.

3/14/2013 - Lake Wenatchee tree work means power outage Tuesday

Removing three trees likely damaged in last December’s storms will require a power outage Tuesday for about 450 Chelan PUD customers near Lake Wenatchee.

3/7/2013 - Recycle your refrigerator for free through Chelan County PUD

Chelan County PUD will pick up customers’ old refrigerators or freezers for free, plus provide a $30 rebate.

3/6/2013 - General Counsel Carol Wardell to move into new role on PUD legal team

After 15 years as Chelan PUD’s chief legal adviser, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Carol Wardell will move into a new role on May 1 as a part-time staff attorney.

3/6/2013 - March 1 runoff forecast for the Lake Chelan basin is 92 percent of average

The March 1 runoff forecast for the Lake Chelan drainage basin is 92 percent of average for April 1 through July 31.

3/4/2013 - Collaborative approach increases protection for Mid-Columbia River salmon and steelhead

Commission meeting news.

2/19/2013 - Chelan PUD boosts stable revenue outlook with new slice power auction

Morgan Stanley Capital Group, Inc. has committed to pay a combined total of $91.8 million for a 5-percent slice of the combined output of Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2018.

2/19/2013 - Substation project will provide more reliable service to Alcoa, support local jobs

Commission meeting news. Other topics: credit agency reports, PUD Sustainability Team.

2/15/2013 - Nonprofit groups can raise money by operating PUD park concession stand

PUD is seeking a nonprofit group to run the concession stand at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park as a fund-raising venture.

2/12/2013 - Manager John Janney gives notice that he’ll leave Chelan PUD this year

2/6/2013 - The Feb. 1 runoff forecast for the Lake Chelan basin is 100 percent of average

Runoff forecast for the Lake Chelan drainage basin is 100 percent of average for April 1 through July 31.

2/4/2013 - 2012 results keep PUD on track to meet financial targets and customer priorities

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Lake Wenatchee fiber, clean state audit and appliance rebates.

1/22/2013 - More Lake Wenatchee repairs will mean power outage Wednesday

Replacing a power pole likely damaged in last month’s storms will require an outage Wednesday for about 900 Chelan PUD customers near Lake Wenatchee.

1/21/2013 - Comparing PUD dams with others shows strengths and areas to improve

Commission meeting news. Other topics: Lake Wenatchee fiber, strategic plan.

1/18/2013 - Wireless not best option for Lake Wenatchee; PUD will rebuild damaged fiber

Community meeting set for Jan. 26.

1/10/2013 - Chat about outages with Chelan PUD staff at Lake Wenatchee area on Friday afternoon

Come by the '59 Diner anytime between 1 and 5 p.m.

1/7/2013 - More outages in Lake Wenatchee area are likely until trees shed snow

Commission meeting news. Other topics: board officers.

- April 1 runoff forecast for the Lake Chelan basin is 93 percent of average

Final forecast for runoff April 1 through July 31, 2013.

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