Projects 2015-2019

In 2015, Commissioners asked the public to help identify ways to boost the quality of life in Chelan County through a Public Power Benefit program. Priority projects were selected and work started.

Parks and Recreation Benefits of Public Power

Parks & Recreation

Provide experiences and programs in Chelan PUD parks that provide lifelong play, discovery, creativity and learning.

  • Conduct a pilot study to evaluate reducing or waiving day-use fees for Chelan County residents and ratepayers in Chelan PUD parks operated by Washington State Parks.
  • Study the potential for providing a continuous water source for the Horan Wildlife Area to preserve the wetland trail and educational experience.
  • Study the potential for a splash pad in a PUD-owned park
Water and Wastewater Benefits of Public Power

Water & Wastewater

Ensure adequate resources to water, water quality, and wastewater infrastructure.

  • Sustain existing water and wastewater services by providing capital funding.
  • Conduct legal analysis around further system expansion.
  • Continue to study operational efficiencies between entities.
  • Investigate legal authority to fund surface water quality improvements.
Fiber & Telecom Benefits of Public Power

Fiber & Telecom

Build out the fiber system to more customers.

  • Restart fiber expansion, covering capital costs.
  • Expand broadband from 69 percent to 85-90 percent of current county residents during the next 11 years.
Electrification Benefits of Public Power


Purchase electric vehicles and explore new opportunities for electrification research and equipment, where it makes sense.

  • Install vehicle chargers at PUD facilities.
  • Make electrification part of an education and mentoring program.
  • Continue internal evaluation of vehicles and equipment conversion to electricity when cost-effective.
Economic Development Benefits of Public Power

Economic Development

Take an active role in education opportunities and attracting new businesses that support Chelan County’s vision for the future.

  • Develop a tool to evaluate impacts of new electric loads from new or expanding businesses.
  • Develop utility-focused education and mentoring programs.
  • Take an active role in economic development by providing basic infrastructure support.