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News Release - 8/25/2014

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Ron Skagen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the August 25, 2014 Commission meeting held at the District's Bridgeport office:

Approved the renewal of Non-owned Aircraft Liability Insurance with Starr Aviation. (14-105)

Authorized negotiation of an Agreement for Professional Services with Columbia Research for bird hazing at Wells Fish Hatchery and Wells Dam. Hazing of birds that feed on fish reduces the loss of juvenile fish. The cost of the agreement is not to exceed $127,211 and will expire June 15, 2015. (14-106)

Approved an agreement for professional services with Cascade Biological Supply for needed nuisance wildlife trapping services to protect salmon and steelhead reared at the District's fish facilities and protection of trees on District lands. The cost of the agreement is not to exceed $9,000 and will expire August 31, 2015. (14-107)

Authorized amendment No. 1 to the Professional Service Agreement with LGL Limited to address technical comments raised by the Aquatic Settlement Work Group and to assist staff in developing recommendations to improve lamprey passage based upon the results of the study. This amendment also extends the conclusion date for the contract to December 31, 2014. (14-108)

Approved amendment No. 2 to the Professional Service Agreement with the Colville Confederated Tribes who are conducting site testing as required at eight archaeological sites on the Wells Reservoir. This amendment will allow additional time for preparation of the study report and extend the contract to December 31, 2014. (14-109)

Approved amending resolution No. 06-126 to reflect the correct Wells Tract reference of 1019.0D. (14-110)

Authorized amendment No. 7 of Power Sales Service Agreement with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The District will purchase the Tribe's Power Allocation in a single, one-time only transaction covering all of the period from October 1, 2014 through August 31, 2018. (14-111)

Received the preliminary budgets for the Distribution System for calendar year 2015 and for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2015.

The Distribution System budget estimates revenues for 2015 at $55.1 million, an increase of 18%. Operating expenses are estimated at $49.6 million, an increase of 18%. The reduction to retained earnings is projected to be $551,518. The capital budget is $9.4 million, of which $4.9 million is for electrical facilities. The balance of the capital budget is for improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network, for new equipment and right-of-way easement costs.

At $54.7 million the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $1.2 million increase from last year's estimate. The Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operating Expense Budget as required by contract. The Wells Project Capital Budget totals $37.7 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, recreation action plan items, Wells hatchery modernization, fire protection upgrades and generator circuit breaker replacements.

Reviewed the Environmental Reviews for the 2015 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2014-2015 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget.

A budget hearing has been set for October 13th at 1:30 p.m. at the District's East Wenatchee office.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. September 8, 2014 at the District's East Wenatchee office.​