PUD Power Rates Increase Expected to begin November 1st
Ellensburg, WA – Kittitas PUD Commissioners approved a 4.99% rate increase to retail rates during their regularly scheduled meeting on September 24, 2019. The District increase is effective November 1st and is split between the “fixed” and “variable” components of each rate class.
District officials stated they purchase their power from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and in July 2019, BPA announced increases to both power and transmission rates for fiscal years 2020-2021. Moreover, the residential exchange credit the District received for several rate periods ends with the new BPA rates. They continued to state, while the increase varies throughout the region, the overall impact to District is expected to be a 6.3% increase to the wholesale power the District purchases as of October 1, 2019.
The District is a publicly owned non-profit entity committed to providing safe, reliable, cost-based electric service to meet the needs of our community. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
PUD Feeder Upgrade and Substation Rebuild Projects Underway
Ellensburg, WA – Kittitas PUD is excited to announce the Jenkins Substation rebuild project and Parke Feeder upgrade have broken ground. Potelco was awarded the Jenkins Substation project and Palouse Power was awarded the Parke Feeder upgrade. According to District officials, the projects are part of an aggressive 10-year capital plan to improve the performance of the District electrical system. The plan includes capacity increases, modernization and redundancy to improve restoration time when outages occur. Additionally, management is reporting another record year for new connections in the residential and commercial sector. Palouse Power is assisting the District to keep up with the new construction requests while completing the Parke Feeder upgrade.
The District operates and maintains over seven hundred miles of line, five substations and four distribution points of delivery across the Kittitas County to serve nearly five thousand meters.