The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on July 30, 2001.
Manager Dobbins read a letter from Jeff Koenings, Director of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, expressing their “…sincere appreciation for the efforts that the Douglas County Public Utility District have made this year to ensure that salmon and steelhead resources in the Upper Columbia have not borne the brunt of drought conditions and extreme variations in the power market. Your actions this year are certainly consistent with Douglas PUD’s long-standing progressive commitment to protecting fish resources.” The commissioners acknowledged the work done by Douglas PUD employees.
Authorized wind testing lease and option agreements with four property owners covering a total of 1,033 acres for annual payments totaling $2,422. Douglas PUD now has 65 wind testing lease and option agreements.
Authorized a call for bids to provide installation of a three–phase underground primary extension on Badger Mountain for Douglas PUD. This work order calls for use of a cable plow system that Douglas PUD does not have. The job is to be completed before November 2001.
Authorized continued participation in an appeal of certain charges claimed in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s annual billings by “Other Federal Agencies” for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Although Douglas recently received a credit of $146,629 as a result of this action, the credit is much less than expected. In addition to resolving the refund discrepancy, there are several issues that still need to be resolved in the appeal process. This resolution will allow legal counsel Van Ness Feldman to continue to participate in an appeal process. Cost of the appeal so far totals about $35,000. This action authorizes an additional $10,000.
Authorized Douglas PUD to execute a Power Purchase Agreement relating to the Nine Canyon Wind Farm Project. This Energy Northwest wind power project is located in Benton County and is expected to come on line in August 2002. This agreement would give Douglas PUD about 3 megawatts of power out of the 35-50 megawatts produced at the project.
Canceled the next regularly scheduled August 6th Commission Meeting.