Chelan PUD and Alcoa to host open house

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An open house is slated for next week in Wenatchee to discuss proposed changes to Chelan County PUD’s power contract with Alcoa. The April 25th meeting is hosted by the Alcoa Working Group at the Confluence Technology Center.

The Working group is comprised of PUD, Port and Chelan County commissioners, mayors, a representative of the Alcoa union and community leaders. The proposed amendment would give Alcoa until June 2018 to decide if the Wenatchee Works Smelter will restart in return for a payment that keeps PUD customers financially neutral.

The proposal calls for Alcoa to pay part now of a contract payment due in June if the plant remains curtailed. The balance would be due in June 2018 if the plant doesn’t restart. PUD commissioners will be asked to act on the proposal at their May 1 meeting.