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An aerial photo taken earlier this fall shows four operations buildings and the Service Center building. Crews are now working on the exterior stone panels and interior finishes on the Service Center building. The concrete slabs and roofing are also underway on the three warehouse and shop buildings to the left. The steel structure is coming together on the Fish and Wildlife building to the right. Submitted Photo
Wenatchee- Chelan PUD commissioners reviewed a preliminary budget for 2023 on Monday Nov. 7, that delivers on a bold capital project plan with higher-than-forecasted revenue from a strong energy market (available on the board audio recording ). While revenues are expected to increase, so are...

A sign visible downstream of Rocky Reach warns anglers about the 400-foot boundary line. Courtesy Chelan County PUD
WENATCHEE – The area below Rocky Reach Dam is a favorite among anglers this time of year, but please keep a safe distance away from the dam and the fish bypass outfall pipe. By state law, boats and anglers fishing from the riverbank are not allowed within 400 feet downstream of man-made dams and...
WENATCHEE, – Going through some old boxes this summer, Ray Taylor discovered a check he wrote on July 27, 1957 to Chelan County Public Utilities District #1. The amount was for $1.80 – the cost of electricity for two months. Taylor has been a Chelan County PUD customer-owner for 66 years, first as...
WENATCHEE, WASH. – Chelan PUD will aim for at least 93 percent juvenile salmon survival during a study at Rock Island Hydro Project next spring. Chelan PUD commissioners approved a nearly $955,000 contract Monday with Ellensburg firm Blue Leaf Environmental to complete the study and report the...
Wildfire conditions could bring potential power outages It’s always smart to plan ahead. Our region’s wildfires make our electrical system more prone to power outages. Our systems are designed with backup for greater reliability. Wildfires limit our access to some of these backup systems. So it’s...
WENATCHEE – One by one, but together in spirit, Chelan PUD commissioners dug the first shovelfuls of earth at Olds Station, future home of the PUD’s comprehensive Service Center. Their audience: A video camera to ensure that the important milestone was captured. “Today’s groundbreaking sets us on a...
Submitted by Rachel Hansen, Chelan PUD   WENATCHEE – You check the weather before heading to the hiking trail. And now you can check up-to-date lake and river information conditions before hitting the water. With the latest version of the PUD’s free Current app, you can pull up real-time data about...

Randy Smith
WENATCHEE, WASH. – Chelan PUD Commissioner Randy Smith was named chair of the Policy Makers Council, a group that advocates before Congress on behalf of more than 2,000 public power utilities nationwide. “I always focus back on how this is going to impact us at home,” Smith said. “We all have...

Photo courtesy of Chelan PUD, Rock Island Looking Upstream
WENATCHEE, WASH. – The nation’s largest hydropower producers are partnering with Chelan County PUD to ensure that hydroelectric power remains the most reliable, renewable energy source for decades to come. The Hydropower Research Institute (HRI) is a data-sharing collective intended to help...
WENATCHEE  – Chelan County PUD commissioners heard proposals from staff to bring the utility solidly to the top quartile of reliable electrical service, in line with other high-performing U.S. public power providers. If approved in future budgets, the utility would make annual investments of an...

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