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News Release - 3/27/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on March 27, 2000.

The Commission approved Ken Pflueger as Douglas County PUD’s Assistant Manager and Wells Project Chief Engineer effective April 1, 2000. Mr. Pflueger will replace Douglas PUD’s current Assistant Manager, Greg Marney, who has been working under contract in the position of CEO for the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet). NoaNet is a non-profit corporation formed by a group of PUDs to make use of fiber-optic cable deployed by the Bonneville Power Administration and made available for public use. Douglas PUD expects to make available access to the high-speed NoaNet system on a wholesale basis after it becomes operational later this year.

Mr. Pflueger joined Douglas PUD in 1987 as Wells Project Chief Engineer. Under his supervision, the Wells Hydroelectric Project has been the most reliable, cost effective and environmentally responsible hydroelectric project on the Columbia River. The Wells Project is Douglas County’s primary source of electric power. In addition, Wells meets about one-half the needs of Okanogan County and provides power for other areas of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Ken will continue his duties as Chief Engineer for the Wells Project plus oversee the work of the power supply group, which includes Power Contracts, Power Scheduling, and Power Dispatching. District Manager and CEO, Bill Dobbins, states that, Ken Pflueger will greatly facilitate coordination and allocation of Douglas PUD personnel and power resources. We are very excited about the new personnel arrangement.

Prior to joining Douglas in 1987 Mr. Pflueger was a project manager for the consulting firm Sverdrup Parcel in San Francisco. As a consultant to Douglas, Pflueger played a major role in solving turbine problems at Wells Dam, including the successful replacement of the ten turbine runners. Since joining Douglas, he has supervised the engineering and operations staff for the Wells Project and overseen such major undertakings as the construction of the Methow River Spring Chinook Hatchery and modernization of the Wells Project electronic governors and controls. Mr. Pflueger graduated with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical engineering. He was an NDEA fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara specializing in solid dynamics. Pflueger also received his Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Cal Poly.

A call for bids to provide Douglas County PUD with asphalt repair and the installation of new asphalt for 2000 was approved by the Commission. The new agreement is not to exceed $100,000 and will cover necessary repairs or the installation of asphalt that might be damaged during the construction or maintenance of underground and overhead circuits for the District’s distribution system.

As part of the District’s FERC license, Douglas PUD is to prepare a Recreation Action Plan update. The update included certain improvements to the Pateros Peninsula Park recreation facility. Since FERC has approved the District’s updated plan, the Commission authorized a call for bids for a contractor to make the improvements outlined in the plan.

The Commissioners changed the next regular Commission meeting of April 3, 2000 to 1:30 p.m. at the Wells Hydroelectric Project.