April 9, 2001
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has requested its utility customers to reduce their load on BPA by 5% to 10%. At risk is the possibility of a 200 to 300 percent increase in the BPA wholesale power price.
Douglas County PUD serves Douglas County with the output of Wells and Rocky Reach Dams. Douglas PUD has also agreed to purchase a block of power from BPA for the period of October 1, 2000 to March 31, 2006. Douglas PUD has entered into an exchange agreement with Avista Energy to reshape the block of power from the original 5 ½ years to a period extending into 2017. The purpose of the exchange agreement is to make the energy available for use in Douglas County when needed in future years. This block of power is not subject to the proposed rate increase.
Douglas PUD continues to investigate options available to assist other public power utilities.