PUD in the Community

We are a team of nearly 100 individuals whose mission is to provide the folks of Okanogan County with reliable, on-demand electricity and broadband.  Not only do we focus on our jobs and the mission of the PUD, we do much more. We have a positive influence in the communities of Okanogan County in many ways, some of which you may not have heard of.

We occasionally highlight some of these stories here. You may also read all our news stories by clicking on the NEWS tab.

  PUD participated in Safety Day, 2015 at North Elementary School

Recent PUD in the Community News

  • Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project Fact Check


    Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project



    As we move forward with electrifying Enloe Dam, Okanogan PUD, commissioners and staff want to make sure our ratepayers have correct information regarding the Enloe Dam Project.  Our recent political campaigns have demonstrated the "alternative facts" are often considered as truth.  While we have maintained an Enloe Dam page on our website, we understand that the volume and technical nature of those documents may be overwhelming to some.  This Fact Check addition is intended to address current questions and comments from our ratepayers and will be updated on a regular basis as we proceed through the Project.

  • Hydropower STEM Career Academy

    News Release
    Hydropower STEM Career Academy in June at Rocky Reach Dam

    Students who will be entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to register for a week of fun and learning June 19 to 24 at the FWEE Hydropower and STEM Career Academy at Rocky Reach Dam.

    The Academy, which is sponsored by the Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) and host partner Chelan County PUD, focuses on hydropower careers that require science, technology, engineering and mathematic skills (STEM).

  • Vejraska Elected to Leadership Position

    During the January 9, 2017 regular Board of Commissioners meeting, Scott Vejraska, Commissioner from District #1, was elected as Okanogan PUD Board President. Steve Houston, District #2 Commissioner, will act as Vice-President and Jerry Asmussen, District #3 Commissioner, will be Secretary.  

  • Okanogan PUD Commissioners Honor Ernest ‘Ernie’ Bolz

    On December 19, 2016, Okanogan PUD Commissioners and staff presented Ernest ‘Ernie’ Bolz with a plaque and adopted Resolution No. 1630 honoring his service to the Utility. Bolz did not seek re-election and is retiring to the Wenatchee area to be closer to family.

  • Okanogan PUD Linemen Participate in International Lineman’s Rodeo 2016

    Okanogan PUD’s JD Adams, Rod Little, Micah Somes and Eric McKinney represented Okanogan PUD as one of 206 teams that attended the International Lineman’s Rodeo in Bonner Springs, Kansas, October 15, 2016. The Lineman’s Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills, and promotes commitment to work safe practices.  Our team participated and placed well in the Journeyman Best of the Best competition, the Hurtman Rescue, Pole Climb and Mystery Events. 


  • Public Power Week Kick Off Event October 1, 2016

    Please join the Okanogan PUD for our Public Power Week Kick Off event October 1, 2016 at the Okanogan Harvest Festival in downtown Okanogan. We will be offering to ratepayers the opportunity to choose an energy saving surge protector or a box set that includes two (2) energy efficient shower heads and two (2) LED 25,000 hour light bulbs between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. We hope to see you there!


  • PUD Participates in 2016 Okanogan County Fair

    Okanogan PUD provided entertainment, education and opportunities to learn about energy safety and conservation for all ages during the 2016 Okanogan County Fair, September 8-11.

    Opening day, Kids Day, saw over 200 children taking part in this year’s Youth Pole Climb earning the Okanogan PUD Pole Climb T-Shirt. The crews put on three shows demonstrating different scenarios of unsafe practices when dealing with electricity. The crowd could be heard yelling to ‘do it again’ after demonstrating the spectacular fiery end to a kite string, hot dog and a tree branch. 

  • Okanogan PUD Headquarters Flags Receive Retirement Ceremony

    Boy Scout Troop 60 of Omak gathered Wednesday, April 6, at the Okanogan PUD Headquarters to retire both the Washington State flag and the American Flag that flew over the building. Etiquette dictates that flags that are torn, faded, frayed or discolored are considered unserviceable and should not be flown. Scout Master Rob Chilcote led the contingent of eight Boy Scouts and one Eagle Scout through the ritual. Although the participants are out of school for Spring Break, they considered it an honor to take part in the Flag Retirement Ceremony.


  • Okanogan PUD Commissioners Break Ground on Pateros-Twisp Transmission Line Project

    Okanogan PUD Board of Commissioners broke ground today to kick off the construction phase of the Pateros-Twisp Transmission Line Project.  Commissioner Scott Vejraska led the ceremony and Commissioner Ernie Bolz delivered an overview of the 20 year history of this project. A groundbreaking ceremony ensued, followed by Okanogan PUD Linemen erecting a structure assembly on the first pole set for the Transmission Line.