Chelan PUD fiber network to expand in 2019

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WENATCHEE,WA.-You can expect to see continued expansion of Chelan County’s Fiber network in 2019. At their first regular board meeting of the new year Commissioners were presented with the District’s work plan which includes more than 70 initiatives such as expanding fiber to over 1033 locations.

Turbine repairs and rehab work will continue at Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dams. A decision on whether to build a new service center at Olds Station also is expected. A new customer information and billing system is scheduled for 2019.

Map of Lake Chelan area previously used by PUD to show possible sites for new substation

Future Load Growth Prioritized

Meeting future electricity service demands is also a big priority. New substation planning and construction is scheduled. In 10 years, the PUD’s electric load now of about 200 megawatts is forecast to increase by 48 megawatts.

Commissioner Dennis Bolz (Left) and Commissioner Randy Smith

Monday’s board meeting convened with the swearing in of reelected Commissioners Dennis Bolz and Randy Smith. Commissioner Gary Arsenault will serve as board chairman,

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