Chelan PUD and Microsoft reach agreement on power sale

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Chelan County PUD and tech giant Microsoft have reached an agreement under which the PUD will sell power to Microsoft’s Puget Sound campuses.

In exchange, Microsoft will partner with the PUD to investigate expanding fiber and internet broadband in Chelan County.

Without providing details, the PUD said the price Microsoft will pay for the power under the five-year deal is market based.

Microsoft is looking to power its facilities with 100 percent carbon-free energy. Energy savings by local customers of the PUD has freed up surplus energy that makes the sale possible, the PUD said.

The PUD and Microsoft expect the fiber build-out study to be completed within the next year. About 10 to 15 percent of rural areas in the county remain without fiber.