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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 10/2/2006

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Mike Doneen, Jim Davis and Lynn Heminger executed the following actions during the October 2, 2006 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Held a hearing on the 2007 Electric Distribution System Budget and the 2006-2007 Wells Hydroelectric Project Budget.

Adopted the 2007 Electric Distribution System Budget.  Purchased power for the Distribution System Operating Budget for 2007 is estimated at $19,975,000, up approximately 6.1% from the 2006 estimate.   The estimate of administration and general expenses is up $62,000 from last year’s estimate and taxes are estimated to increase by approximately $104,000.  The Distribution System Capital Budget of $15,366,600 for 2007 is an increase of $7,425,600 and includes approximately $10.2 million for electric system additions and improvements including development of two new substations, $3.1 million for the Douglas County Community Network, and $2.0 million for electrical, transportation and other equipment.  The total revenue estimate of $34,343,000 is an increase of $4,278,398 from the 2006 budget and does not include $5.6 million in customer contributions toward construction projects including substations. The 2007 budget does not anticipate any increase in electric rates.

Adopted the 2006-2007 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project budget. At $39,961,110 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $1,261,815 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 $1,394,800. Major items include replacement of the Wells Project radio system and continued improvements to the purchasing, accounts payable and material inventory system.

Approved the Environmental Reviews for the 2007 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2006-2007 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget.

Authorized amendment to Rate Schedule 6, Wholesale Communication Service, to establish a minimum Dark Fiber rate, authorize fixed-price contracts, reduce the price of T-1 service because of technology advancements and revise the billing practice to price according to smaller bandwidth increments.

Authorized execution of the Second Amended and Restated Nine Canyon Wind Project Power Purchase Agreement. Energy Northwest is planning to expand the Nine Canyon Wind Project with a 32.2 megawatt Phase III. The District is a 15.4% participant in the combined output of Phase I and II but has declined to participate in Phase III. The restated Agreement is necessary to allocate expenses among the phases of the project. The Agreement also extends the term by seven years to July 1, 2030.

Authorized acceptance and final payment to Stirrett Johnsen, Inc. for replacement of the air conditioning chiller at the East Wenatchee Office. The total cost of the work under Contract 06-04-W was $215,300 plus sales tax.

Authorized 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. The cost of the agreement is not to exceed $9,000 plus sales tax.

Authorized an agreement for bird control at the Wells fish hatchery and gull wire maintenance at the Wells Project with the United States Department of Agriculture. The purpose of this agreement is to protect salmon and steelhead from fish-eating birds. The combined cost of this agreement will be $74,622.

Approved an agreement with Jacobs Civil Inc. for Consulting Engineering Services for the Wells Hydroelectric Project. The scope of the agreement calls for Jacobs to advise the District on all phases of operation, maintenance, inspections and testing for the Project. The new agreement will be in effect through October 3, 2009.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. October 9, 2006 at the District’s Bridgeport Office.