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Chelan PUD could make its grid ‘smarter’

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WENATCHEE — Technology that the Chelan County PUD is studying to better track the energy usage of its 500 biggest power users may one day lead to greater energy savings and cost reductions that could help keep rates low for everyone.

Commissioners learned Monday that changes in software and equipment could transform the utility’s increasingly automated power grid into a smart grid — a power system that can track and react to changes in power usage in real time.

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