Chelan County PUD review agreements to provide power to Diamond Foundry

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With a new industry looking to start production in Wenatchee, Chelan County PUD commissioners on Monday reviewed the agreements needed to provide up to 19 megawatts of power to the new Diamond Foundry business by the requested date of March 2020.

The San Francisco based gemstone manufacturer is leasing space from Stemilt to set up its new plant in Wenatchee. The property owner proposed a customer-built substation to power the operation because there is not enough PUD substation capacity to meet the load at that location.

The PUD, Stemilt and City of Wenatchee planners have determined the best location is next to the PUD’s North Wenatchee Substation off Hawley Street. It is close to transmission lines and supports the city’s long-range plans for Confluence Parkway. PUD staff are targeting June 3rd for action on the Diamond Foundry power contract.