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Steve Wright | PUD water system delivers during an emergency

It was a harrowing 24 hours for residents of Wenatchee.  Starting the afternoon of June 28, an otherwise hot, lazy summer Sunday would soon turn into a frightening evening of survival. For Chelan PUD, it was a test of our ability to meet the needs of first responders for fighting major fires on two fronts. The question would be whether the investments made by the PUD in infrastructure  would be enough to keep a bad situation from getting worse.
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Steve Wright | It’s time to plan projects

As we were preparing to put our Portland house up for sale earlier this year, I came to a realization. While we had been good at getting some of our critical home repair projects accomplished, there were others that I had put off. For example, our second story deck could withstand an earthquake (safety has been our priority). But while the roof did not leak, it needed to be replaced. Doing the inventory alone was disappointing and the repairs turned out to be costly. I wished I would have been ...
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Steve Wright | How can the Chelan County PUD do all that and not raise rates?

I’ve just finished my first year here at the PUD. As a history buff, I’m reminded of a Harry Truman thought when he unexpectedly became President — a person may have a plan for what they might do in a particular job, but in reality you perform against the assignment circumstances give you. That’s certainly been the case given the significant events of the past year that were not in anyone’s forecast.
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Steve Wright | Sharing the benefits of clean hydropower

Likely I don’t have to convince you about the incredible resource we have here in our backyard — the “fuel” for our homes, businesses, farms, orchards, industry, and our very quality of life we value so deeply. Here in Chelan County, it comes to us in the form of the Columbia and Chelan rivers that deliver continuous, clean, renewable fuel for the three dams that belong to you, our customer-owners.
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Steve Wright | Fish are finding home in new Chelan River channel

On a recent sparkling fall day, I found myself at the confluence of the Chelan and Columbia rivers. There I joined Jeff Osborne and Alene Underwood, two of the fish biologists at the PUD. They took great pride in introducing me to hundreds of fall Chinook getting ready to spawn as they were milling about in a newly created habitat channel. It was a magical moment as the sound of rushing water and fish slapping the surface melded with the beauty of healthy vegetation alongside the banks of a restored ...
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Steve Wright | Insurance paid dividends when generators went down

Some might say that I’m an incurable Columbiaphile – that is, I love everything about the Columbia River. That was one of several reasons why I was drawn to Wenatchee and the Chelan PUD. The incredible hydropower resources that we enjoy here are the envy of electricity consumers around the country – low cost, renewable and reliable power. From our Board of Commissioners to the hydro mechanics on the powerhouse floor, it was reassuring to me to see how well-run this utility is. You can imagine my surprise when less ...