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Okanogan PUD (OPUD) is working to re-energize Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River, which would be a bad thing for ratepayers and the Similkameen River. You can help stop this from happening. 

The PUD has missed some important deadlines to get approval from federal regulators with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to start construction, and now the PUD is asking U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse to introduce a bill that would give them an extension of time. Rep. Newhouse did this last year, and is considering whether to do it again. Let's show him we don't want OPUD to get an extension!

Also, Senator Murkowski has introduced a bill (S. 724) that would allow federal regulators to extend construction deadlines for all hydropower projects by up to 8 years. 

Contact Your Senators and Representative!

Our members of Congress need to hear from us! Please write them a letter saying that as a constituent and OPUD ratepayer, you do not support any legislation to extend the FERC deadline for the OPUD to commence construction to re-energize Enloe Dam. 

Here are some points to consider making: 

(1) The Enloe project doesn’t make sense economically and is a poor deal for ratepayers. The OPUD has invested over $14 million in the project so far. The project will operate with an annual net loss of $1.5-2 million dollars. Ratepayers will be on the hook for at least $45 million in borrowing plus interest for 30 years. 

(2) The OPUD is unable to properly manage the project. It has missed important deadlines with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and lacks the staff and experience to manage such a project.

(3) The region doesn’t need the power. A new power sharing agreement with Douglas PUD will provide 170 MW of additional power to OPUD. This is more than double our current average Daily load of 77 MW and equivalent to the output of more than 37 Enloe Dams. 

(4) The Similkameen River is inadequate as a viable source of hydroelectric power. This has been proven by the historic record. The electrification of Enloe Dam should be abandoned and federal agencies should be allowed to remove the dam structure for fishery enhancement and outdoor recreation.

Contact information:

Representative Dan Newhouse

Online: (select “Energy” as the topic)
By mail: P.O. Box 823; Twisp, WA 98856 or 1318 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 By phone: (202) 225-5816 or (509) 433-7760

In your letter to Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, also tell them that you oppose S. 724. 

Senator Patty Murray

Online: “Energy” as the topic)
By mail: 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 or 402 E. Yakima Ave, Suite 420, Yakima, Washington 98901 By Phone: (509) 453-7462 or (866) 481-9186

Senator Maria Cantwell

Online: (select “Energy” as the topic)
By mail: 511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 or 920 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 697, Spokane, WA 99201 By Phone: (509) 353-2507 or (202) 224-3441

For more information about #NoOnEnloeDam
Joseph Enzensperger, By mail: 921 Central Ave, Oroville, WA 98844 By phone: 509-476-4072
Columbiana: Rick and Jere Gillespie, or By mail: 2055 Chesaw Rd, Oroville, WA 98844 By phone: 509-485-3844

Okanogan PUD Commissioners:

Our elected Board of PUD Commissioners could stop this Project tomorrow if they choose to do so. Because they have kept this issue out of the public eye they have avoided public opposition to this project. Most citizens and ratepayers do not know what is planned for the Similkameen.

Contact the Commissioners soon! Put your opinion into the public record.

Commissioner Steve Houston,, 509.429.2655 
Commissioner Scott Vejraska,, 509.429.2176  
Commissioner Jerry Asmussen,, 509.486.1962 

To contact the Commissioners by mail: Okanogan PUD, PO Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840


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