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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 1/14/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the January 14, 2002 Commission meeting held at the Bridgeport Office:

Opened bids to provide Douglas PUD with a photovoltaic power generation system. Douglas PUD will conduct a pilot project by installing photovoltaic modules on the roof of the vehicle storage building in East Wenatchee. The District will explore the potential of solar power and interaction with the existing power system. Two bids were received for the contract with bid prices at $45,456 and $49,769. The lower bid was received from Power City Electric of Spokane. Both bids will be evaluated prior to award recommendation.

Approved a ground lease agreement for a fiber-optic node with the City of Waterville. The installation of a fiber-optic system in Waterville has necessitated the installation of a fiber-optic node within the city. The lease is for 20 years at a cost of $150 annually.

Authorized a change order for the contract with Concord Construction to supply Douglas PUD with the East Wenatchee Warehouse Expansion Phase 5. The changes cover structural revisions to accommodate larger overhead doors, electrical work and plumbing revisions. The cost of all the changes is $19,026, raising the total project cost from $1,420,639 to 1,439,665.

Approved the retirement and sale of three computers to the Douglas County Port District. The computers have been recently replaced and are surplus to Douglas PUD. Their fair market value is $450.

Moved to continue membership in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), previously knows as Western Systems Coordinating Council (WSCC). This is a voluntary membership organization with the mission of maintaining transmission reliability in the Western system through member participation in operating standards development and monitoring. The new name comes from a merger of WSCC, Southwest Regional Transmission Association and Western Regional Transmission Association. The merger is expected to be complete in December 2002.