Online Open House

A scenic picture of Stehekin.

Please note that the comment period for this open house has closed. This is an archive copy of the open house. 

Welcome to the Stehekin Energy and Demand Online Open House!

The electrical system in the Stehekin Valley is unique. A single small hydro plant generates power for the community. This electrical system is completely independent from the rest of the county. This means that the community is limited to the amount of power generated locally.

More Electricity Use, Same Generation

At some point in the near future, the Stehekin community will outgrow the current power available. This is expected to happen somewhere between 2021 and 2027.

Trying to use more power than is available can disrupt the whole community power system. All of us want to make sure that this doesn’t happen in the Stehekin Valley. So, Chelan County PUD has been working since 2018 with the Stehekin community to better understand and solve this problem.

About this Online Open House

In the Spring of 2020, staff completed a Draft Generation and Energy Resource Plan for Stehekin. This Plan includes proposed solutions to meet the energy needs in Stehekin now and into the future.

We created this Online Open House to guide you through the work that has been done and get your feedback. In it, you’ll find:

  • Background: What is the problem and what does it mean to you?

  • Demand: When are we using more energy than we have?

  • Solutions: What should we do to solve the problem?

  • FAQ: Answers to common past questions 

You can progress forward through the topics by clicking the "Next" button below, or use the navigation above to skip to the topic of your choice.

Picture of Stehekin pen stock.
The penstock/pipeline intake for the Stehekin Power Plant on Company Creek.