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News Release - 10/4/2010

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Jim Davis, Lynn Heminger and Ron Skagen executed the following actions during the October 4, 2010 Commission meeting held at the District’s Bridgeport office:

Held a hearing on the 2011 Distribution System budget and for the Wells Hydroelectric Project budget for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2011.

Adopted the 2011 Distribution System budget which 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. (10-180)

Adopted the 2010-2011 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project budget. 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. (10-181)

Approved 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. (10-182)

Authorized amendment to authorization agreement with NBC Universal.  This amendment updates services, adds technical and security standards and authorizes a new affiliate. (10-183)

Approved acceptance of all work and final payment to DIS-TRAN for work under contract 10-12-D, provide South Nile deadend structure.  All work under the contract has been completed and determined to meet the bid specifications. (10-184)

Authorized an agreement for professional services with Cascade Biological Supply for nuisance animal control needed to protect salmon and steelhead reared at the District’s fish facilities. The cost of the agreement is not to exceed $9,000.  (10-185)

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. October 11, 2010 at the District’s Bridgeport office.