PUD plans to fire-harden electric grid in Chelan Area


Making Chelan County’s electrical grid more resilient to future wildfires will not mean planned rolling blackouts such as California is experiencing lately. Steve Hair reports . . .

Transmission engineering manager, Steve Wickel provided PUD Commissioners this week with an update on projects in the works to harden the transmission system against fires and weather.

The work involving replacing or rerouting some electric lines is included in the PUD’s current work plan for 2020.

The PUD has identified areas that are considered most at risk from wildfires including the Chelan/Manson/Wapato areas as well as the lines extending from Chelan Falls to Union Valley.

PUD staff will be doing community outreach with affected property owners to coordinate design specifics starting next month.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.