Commissioners review Chelan County PUD’s 2017 performance

More than 85 percent of the 232 items on last year’s plan are on track or complete

WENATCHEE – On projects ranging from Public Power Benefit safety improvements at the Plain Substation to efficiency programs that saved enough power for 700 homes to major investments at Chelan PUD’s hydro projects, General Manager Steve Wright reported Monday, Feb. 5, that District staff are on track or completed 85 percent of the 2017 performance plan.
 Many of the uncompleted 2017 projects are multi-year projects, ongoing efforts or required schedule changes into 2018 to respond to other unexpected work and competing priorities. Chelan County PUD commissioners Monday reviewed the utility’s performance on 232 tracked actions that support its seven strategic objectives (on page 27).
PUD senior managers report on progress every three months. Monday’s year-end wrap-up focused on status changes and items completed in the last three months of 2017.  (Discussion starts at 0:06 on the board meeting recording.)
For energy efficiency, customers who took part in PUD conservation programs helped the utility meet its 2017 stretch goal for saving 2.1 average megawatts, reported Andrew Grassell, Energy Development/Conservation manager. (0:52)
That is enough to power more than 700 Chelan County homes. Much of those savings -- about 12 million kilowatt hours -- went to efficiency improvements at businesses and government buildings. In particular, two large projects with fruit company Stemilt secured reaching the goal. The savings are valued at $5.8 million over the life of the conservation measures.
Wright also noted that the 2018 performance plan has 100 more actions than last year. Many of the measures focus on projects in 2018’s capital plan, which is the District’s largest in at least the last 20 years, he has said in earlier discussions.
In other business, commissioners:
• Heard that 2017 net wholesale revenue and other energy-related revenue of $123.9 million came in about $2 million more than budget.  Janet Jaspers, Energy Planning and Trading manager, said “specified source” sales, recognizing hydropower’s carbon-free energy, were $4.6 million, which was $1.5 million above budget. (00:40)
• Jaspers also reported on the early forecast for Columbia River flows past Grand Coulee Dam, upstream of the PUD’s Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams. Based on snowpack so far this winter, forecast flow for January-July 2018 is 110 percent of average. Forecast runoff into Lake Chelan for April-July is 104 percent of average. (00:42)
• Changed the May board meeting schedule by moving the May 7 meeting to April 30 and the May 21 meeting to May 14 so commissioners can attend utility conferences later in the month. (01:25)
Upcoming events:
• March 19 – Commission meeting, 10 a.m., boardroom

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