Douglas County PUD electric rates are determined by comparing the expected electricity need in Douglas County to expected operating and capital costs.
Our power supply comes primarily from the Wells Hydroelectric Project on the Columbia River. When there is a lot of water coming down the Columbia at the right times of the year, we generate more than enough electricity to meet Douglas County’s needs. At times like these, the excess power is sold to other utilities that have a contractual first right to this power. The proceeds of those sales pay for a portion of the operating and construction costs to hold down the amount Douglas County electric consumers have to pay.
We put the balance in a savings account to use in those years when there isn’t so much water available for generation.
During the years 1992 through 1995, due to drought conditions, there wasn’t a lot of excess power. Through these years we drew on the bank account to maintain stable rates. In 1995 electric rates were increased after 15 years at the same price. Rate increases were also approved for 1996 and 1997 to reverse the decline of the savings account. The 1996 increase went into effect on schedule, but due to favorable water conditions and our decision to spread construction projects over several years, we were able to defer the scheduled 1997 rate increase to 2002. Dry years in 2001, 2002, and 2003 required us to draw from the savings account again in spite of the price adjustment in 2002. 2004 appears to be another dry year, however, your Douglas PUD does not have plans to adjust electric rates at this time.
Douglas County PUD Commissions and employees are proud of the low rates charged for the essential services we provide. Ours are still among the lowest prices in the United States. We remain committed to providing you the best possible electric service at the lowest possible cost consistent with sound business principles.
A copy of the rates currently in effect is provided here for your use. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.
From District Resources including Hydroelectric, Wind and Solar Power:
Schedule 1, General Service
Demand Charge (Monthly)
$1.00/KW greater than 50 KW
$7.00/mo. Plus $3.00/KW>30
Schedule 2, Irrigation Service
Demand Charge (Seasonally)
Minimum Seasonal Charge
Minimum Monthly Charge
$1.79/KW connected load
Schedule 3, Street Lighting And Area Lighting Service (Daily Rate)
150/200 watt high pressure sodium
400 watt high pressure sodium
Customer Choice Options:
Schedule 4, Energy Delivery Service (For alternate energy supplier)
Energy Delivery Charge
Schedule 5, Alternate Renewable Resource Service (To encourage new renewable resources, available to general service customers)
$4.20 per 100 kWh increment
Schedule 6, Douglas County Community Network Prices
Please see our website for details www.douglaspud.org
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