[7/21/16] PUD Commissioners Approve High Density Rates

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Chelan County PUD commissioners, this week, approved a new electric rate for customers with energy intense loads such as server farms and similar technology operations, including bit coin mining.

Chelan County PUD Commissioner, Gary Arseneault, says after more than a year of analysis and gathering public comment, commissioners approved a new rate that will take effect January 1, 2017…

072116 High Density Rate 1 :39 “…density load rate structure.”

The new rate applies to server farms and similar technology operations with intense energy use of 250 kilowatt hours per square foot per year, or more.

And, Arseneault says, that even with the rate increase, high density users are still getting a bargain…

072116 High Density Rate 2 1:16 “…not give away the farm.”

The discussion of a new rate for energy intense customers was triggered in December 2014 when staff reported a dramatic increase in inquiries for new service from high density and large load customers.

Arseneault says it has taken 18 months, but he says that was time well spent…

072116 High Density Rate 3 :49 “…right the first time.”

In fact, Arseneault adds, the ability to sell electricity to outside districts, is what keeps the rates lower for Chelan County PUD customer-owners…

072116 High Density Rate 4 :23 “…commodity for the county.”