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News Release - 8/27/2012

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Ron Skagen, Jim Davis and Lynn Heminger executed the following actions during the August 27, 2012 Commission meeting held at the District’s East Wenatchee Headquarters office:

Authorized change order No. 1 to contract 12-01-D, supply and deliver one 230-115 kV, 200 MVA Autotransformer to Rapids Switchyard. The change will change the load tap changer to a better design and move the delivery schedule to May 20, 2013 to avoid ground stabilization issues. There is no cost to this change order. (12-144)

Received the preliminary budgets for the Distribution System for calendar year 2013 and for the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2013.

The Distribution System budget estimates revenues for 2013 at $45.5 million, an increase of 0.9%. Operating expenses are estimated at $40.9 million, an increase of 1.5%. A net loss from operations is projected to be $440,863. The capital budget is $12.7 million, of which $11 million is for electrical facilities. The balance of the capital budget is for improvements and new connections to the Douglas County Community Network and for equipment and right-of-way easement costs.

At $53,974,729 the total Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating Expense Budget amounts to a $499,372 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 $35.4 million. Major items include generating unit refurbishment, recreation action plan items, fire protection system piping and generator circuit breaker replacements.

Reviewed the Environmental Reviews for the 2013 Distribution System Capital Budget and the 2012-2013 fiscal year Wells Hydroelectric Project Operating, Capital and Extraordinary Expense Budget. 

A budget hearing has been set for October 1st 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. Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at the District’s East Wenatchee Headquarters office.