EAST WENATCHEE — The Douglas County PUD Commission on Monday instituted a moratorium on new power contracts with data centers and cryptocurrency mining operations.
This will let PUD staff review the utility’s current policies on the industries, which are referred to as non-diverse power loads, spokeswoman Meaghan Vibbert said Friday.
The move is partially in response to the state’s recently passed law that puts higher pressure on utilities to focus on renewable energy resources, Vibbert said.
“We wanted to take a break, see how all that is going to play out and what those impacts will be in the future,” she said.
There’s currently no end date for the moratorium. PUD staff will review the policies this summer and collect public feedback on the policies in the fall, Vibbert said.
The PUD is currently serving two large data centers near Pangborn Memorial Airport and a handful of cryptocurrency miners across the county.