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News Release - 8/30/2010

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis, Lynn Heminger and Ron Skagen executed the following actions during the August 30, 2010 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee Headquarters office:

Approved execution of agreement for occupation of easement, Eastmont – Valhalla, ET – 17.  This allows Waste Management of Washington, Inc. to temporarily store soil within the easement. (10-165)

Confirmed addendum No. 1 to bid document 10-18-W, PBX upgrade. This addendum clarifies items in the bid document and extends the bid opening date to September 20, 2010. (10-166)

Authorized negotiation of an Agreement for Professional Services regarding RFP 10-17-W, bird hazing at Wells hatchery and Wells tailrace with Columbia Research. (10-167)

Approved continuation of an agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey for 2010-11 river-gaging station maintenance and operation costs. River gaging is related to the operation of the Wells Hydroelectric Project and the cost is not to exceed $32,300. (10-168)

Received the preliminary budgets for the Distribution System for calendar year 2011 and for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2011.

The Distribution System budget estimates revenues for 2011 at $38.7 million, a decrease of 4.8%. The estimate includes a previously approved 6% rate adjustment. Operating expenses are estimated at $38.5 million, a decrease of 1.3%. Net additions to retained income are estimated at $900,000, a decrease of 75% from the 2010 budget. The capital budget is $10.6 million, of which $8.4 million is for electrical facilities. The electrical facilities budget includes $6 million for substation improvements to benefit a single customer that would reimburse the District for the cost of the improvements. The balance of the capital budget is for engineering and permitting work on a new transmission line and for equipment and right-of-way easement costs.

At $52,308,100 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $2,742,173 increase from last year’s estimate. The Wells Project Revenue Budget estimate is equal to the Operating Expense Budget as required by contract. Financing costs related to the generating unit refurbishment account for the majority of the increase. The Wells Project Capital Budget totals $1,094,700. Major items include replacing the mapping and payroll systems, battery room HVAC and a new lathe.

Reviewed the Environmental Reviews for the 2011 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2010-2011 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. 

A budget hearing has been set for October 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the District’s East Wenatchee office.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. September 7, 2010 at the District’s East Wenatchee Headquarters office.