Bavarian Substation

Aerial image of Leavenworth


Chelan County PUD has been working closely with the community since 2015 to construct a new substation and associated transmission lines to serve the Leavenworth area. The existing double-bank substation serving the area is nearing capacity. In May 2017, the PUD, along with community input, selected a site at the intersection of North Road and Chumstick Highway for the new substation.

PUD staff will be re-engaging with adjacent property owners and community partners in 2024 on substation design. As we move forward in the design phase, the PUD will work to understand what the stakeholders value in the design of the substation, including landscaping, lighting, general aesthetics, and more.

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Anticipated Timeline

Bavarian Subsation Timeline


  • In 2015, the PUD started working with the community and a Focus Group of stakeholders to evaluate 16 potential sites for the new substation. Based on operations and aesthetic considerations, staff and the Focus Group narrowed those sites to three alternatives.
  • Staff presented the final evaluation of the three sites based on community input and operational decision criteria and selected the site at the intersection of North Road and Chumstick Highway as the preferred location. In May 2017, PUD Commissioners approved moving forward with purchase of this site.
  • Two new transmission lines are needed to create redundant feeds to the new and existing substations to increase reliability for the Leavenworth area. One line is being planned between the existing Leavenworth substation, traveling north along Chumstick Highway and the second line is being planned in the Fox Road and North Road areas. The PUD worked with stakeholders in the area to gather input on three route alternatives for the second line. Based on public input and the feasibility analysis, PUD staff will move forward with design on the southernmost alternative (Alt. 3).
Site map of location of Bavarian Sub