Wells Dam gets new 40-year license
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Quick Description: Rated at 840 megawatts, Wells Dam has one tenth the generating capacity of Grand Coulee Dam, the largest on the Columbia and the largest in the country, but is a fairly large operation, nonetheless.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 5/28/2018 6:37:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMYCAF
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Long Description:
Owned and operated by the Douglas County Public Utility District (PUD), Wells Dam came online on August 22, 1967. In the powerhouse are 10 generating units, each with a capacity of about 85 megawatts. The dam is a concrete gravity dam spanning 4,460 feet across the Columbia River about midway between Chelan, WA, to the south and Pateros, WA, to the north. Wells dam is one of fourteen dams which interrupt the flow of the Columbia while providing flood control, irrigation water, electricity and myriad recreational facilities.

As of May, 2013 the operators of the dam, the Douglas County Public Utility District (PUD), and the recipients of the electricity produced by the dam could relax for 40 years, confident that they would retain control of their facility for another 40 years. Details follow.

Wells Dam gets new 40-year license

Christine Pratt | May 30, 2013

EAST WENATCHEE — The people of Douglas County can count on 40 more years of local control of Wells Dam. The Douglas County PUD Friday received a new 40-year federal license to operate the Columbia River dam, which is about 14 miles north of the community of Chelan Falls.

The license is the culmination of seven years of studies and negotiations with local, state and federal agencies, community groups and tribes. It contains a PUD commitment to spend $654 million over the next four decades on projects that benefit hydropower generation, fish and wildllife protection and recreation. Projects include: • New interpretive signing at the Wells Dam overlook about hydropower and conservation of Columbia River bull trout.
• A boat-in tent-camping site for non-motorized boat users in the vicinity of the Okanogan River. Plans to protect and enhance water quality, bull trout, Pacific lamprey, white sturgeon and resident fish.
• The license ensures local control of the dam, via an elected board of commissioners, through 2052 and guides all aspects of how the PUD operates the dam.

The 840-megawatt dam, with its 10 turbine/generator units, can make enough electricity to power 420,000 Northwest homes. It produced its first commercial electricity in 1967.

“The license places this resource at our customers disposal for many years into the future,” PUD General Manager Bill Dobbins said this morning. “I’m just really proud of everybody who’s worked on it for more than seven years.”

The relicensing process cost the utility some $10 million — about $7 million under budget — including consultant and staff time. It produced volumes of paper and digital bytes.

Dobbins said staffers are reviewing the new license now and will meet Friday morning to discuss any potential sticking points that could need further negotiation.
From the Wenathee World


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Type of publication: Newspaper

When was the article reported?: 5/30/2013

Publication: Wenathee World

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News Category: Business/Finance

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