Send your comments either by email or standard mail to the
Project Review Committee prior to April 17, 2017.
The Okanogan Public Utility District (OPUD) advertised to hire a firm to design and build a new powerhouse at left side of Enloe Dam (looking down river) along the Similkameen River. The OPUD would own and operate the new powerhouse. Based upon the estimated cost of construction and operation, the resulting cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) ranges from 8.8 to 11.4 cents kWh. This cost per kWh when compared to power available in the region, such as Douglas County PUD which at Wells Dam produces power at 1.7 cents kWh.
The process for a utility to hire a design-build contractor is to go before a committee of development professionals, and request approval for using the fast-track design-build contracting method.
The OPUD submitted an application to the Project Review Committee (PRC) for approval and permission to use the design-build method as required by Washington State law.
If granted permission to use the design-build method, the OPUD would still be responsible for financing the project for the next 30 years.
“The No Enloe Group” is asking Okanogan County citizens to contact the PRC and inform them of your opinion regarding the proposal of build a new powerhouse.
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Email your comments to:
Ms. Talia Baker
Project Review Committee
Or send a postcard or letter with your comments to:
Ms. Talia Baker, Administrative Support, Project Review Committee, Dept. of Enterprise Services, POB 41476, Olympia WA 98504-1476
Thank you for taking the time to register your opinion regarding the electrification of Enloe Dam. You don't have to be a ratepayer to comment.
• Construction of a new powerhouse will require extensive borrowing that will more than double the annual payments on principle and interest carried by the Okanogan PUD (OPUD).
• OPUD has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Douglas County PUD to purchase up to 22% of Wells Dam Power in addition to the 8% we now receive. The total amount of power from Douglas County PUD will be 170 mega watts (MW). The current average hourly-load of Okanogan County is 77 MW. The MOU with Douglas County PUD will more than double the existing Okanogan County load. This MOU puts into question the necessity of reenergizing of Enloe Dam.
• Furthermore the projected cost for power produced at Enloe Dam is between 8.8 and 11.4 cents per kWh. Currently the OPUD is developing a purchase agreement for 22% of the power from Douglas County PUD (Wells Dam), in addition to the 8% we currently receive. The power will be purchased from Douglas County at 3.4 cents per kWh. Therefore, once this agreement is in place, there will be no need for additional power generation.
• Cheaper power from Wells Dam will be available in 2018 before Enloe Dam is completed.
• Okanogan County is the largest county in Washington State, and one of the poorest. Many ratepayers live below the poverty line. 25% receive food stamp assistance and have difficulty paying bills on a monthly basis. Electric rates have been raised significantly –– by over 20% in the last 5 years. It is incumbent on our Public Utility to make management decisions that provide electricity available at the lowest possible rate to the ratepayers.
• Borrowing $52.5 million which includes a $10 million line of credit and $42.5 million, through the sale of municipal bonds, which is the amount expected to reenergize Enloe Dam, does not exhibit responsible judgement particularly for power that is not necessary.
• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), substantial requirements yet to be completed by OPUD, will be passed on to the design-builder. Compliance with FERC may lead to cost over-runs exceeding previous estimates.
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• Mar 20 to April 17—Comment period on OkPUD design-build hearing with Washington State Projects Review Committee (see center of page for how to send in your comments)
• Mar 27—Methow Valley Engagement Fair,
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• Apr 22—In Memory of James Donaldson, afternoon at Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp, WA