Pole Testing 2016

The PUD will be conducting pole testing beginning in May 2016 on circuits out of the Oroville substation.  Osmose Utilities Inc. has contracted with the District to provide testing, inspection and treatment of all wood poles in the Oroville area and Molson/Chesaw area.  This work will include some light hand excavation at the base of power poles.  Pole testing is done annually to test for defects and structural issues with power poles.  It is a vital operations function to ensure safe and reliable delivery of electrical power to our ratepayer residences and businesses.  We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of our ratepayers while we complete this work.  For information, concerns or questions about pole testing, please contact the PUD’s Right of Way Superintendent, Roy Schwilke, at 509-422-8473 or roys@okpud.org.


Okanogan PUD Commissioners Unanimously Approve Resolution to Generate Power at Enloe Dam

During the May 9, 2016, Regular Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Okanogan County PUD Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution #1620 authorizing the District to generate electricity from Enloe Dam. After lengthy public testimony from parties representing both electrification and removal of Enloe Dam, and reviewing all the options presented to date from staff, the Board of Commissioners of Okanogan County PUD determined that adding generation to Enloe Dam is in the best interests of the District’s ratepayers and has directed staff to proceed in developing a plan to add generation to the dam.


PUD Clarifies Hoax Cannabis Farm Rebate Statement

On April 1, 2016, a cannabis industry association issued a hoax statement noting that the Okanogan PUD issued a $976,000 rebate check to CannaSol Farms for installing a lighting system supporting an indoor growing operation. The statement was issued as an April Fools’ joke. 

Okanogan PUD continues to receive questions and comments about the April Fools’ hoax. For the record, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Conservation Program, administered by Okanogan PUD, does not provide conservation incentives for cannabis grow operations.  

Consumer Alert: Utility Scams through Customer Personal Computers

Please be on alert for a new personal computer scam targeting PUD customers in Okanogan County. Threats come from a computer pop-up message stating ‘Congrats! You are today’s lucky Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County Visitor’. Additionally, this notice asks you to fill out a brief survey to qualify for a reward as a thank you. Please be advised that these messages are considered a ‘phishing scam’ with the intent of defrauding an online user of their personal information and is not from the Okanogan County PUD. 

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