Since early 2015, the PUD has been working with the Chelan/Manson and Leavenworth communities to identify viable areas for a new substation. Current and expected growth in both communities make the need for new substations critical.
Interested community members from both locations have been working with us to develop criteria and review potential substation sites. These groups, along with PUD staff, identified three areas to evaluate based on the site selection scoring. Three community meetings have been held in Leavenworth and in Chelan to gather community response to our efforts.
Recently, Site 3 in Leavenworth was removed from further consideration because the site became unavailable. Subsequently, PUD staff was contacted by a property owner within area 14 (Rattlesnake Hills) with an interest in selling a parcel of land for the purpose of a substation. The community group members agree that this new site warrants further evaluation. The PUD’s consultant will continue to perform analysis on site 9, and site 8a and beginning January 2017 analysis will begin on site 14. Analysis for each site will include detailed costs, more detailed transmission and distribution route alternatives, and renderings of what a substation would look like on each of the identified locations. The PUD has made no formal commitment to any property nor a specific site and will continue to seek community input.
In the Chelan-Manson area, site analysis will continue on two properties in area 14 near Boyd Loop Road and Winesap Avenue as well as two locations on the Wasington Federal property behind the Chelan Golf Course.
PUD staff anticipates hosting another community meeting early next month (February 2017) in both locations to gather additional input from the community on the detailed site analysis report. Once this meeting is scheduled, PUD staff will advertise in the following ways: direct mail postcard, email distribution list, webpage, Leavenworth Echo, Leavenworth Echo online events page, and KOHO radio, Chelan Mirror, GoLakeChelan and KOZI radio. The public is invited to these meetings for discussion and questions.
The PUD is always open to hearing from the public. You can share public comments on the siting of the Leavenworth substation using the public comment form on the substation webpage or by emailing [email protected] or calling 509-661-4294.
For more information and notes about the Bavarian substation project, please visit chelanpud.org/NewLeavenworthSubstation.
Meaghan Connell for Teka Sellers
Customer Relations Administrator
Chelan County PUD