In 1994 the Asotin County PUD entered the electrical business by purchasing three (3) miles of underground electrical distribution lines from Clearwater Power Company. This distribution line serves the PUD’s only electrical customer, Quail Ridge Golf Course.
Entrance into the electrical business immediately qualified the PUD for low cost power from the Bonneville Power Administration. After several of years of negotiation, the PUD signed an agreement with Avista Utilities which provided for the transfer of energy from the Bonneville system over Avista lines to the PUD’s water production facilities. This agreement has resulted in an average electrical savings of $100,000 per year based on past and current electrical rates. This energy savings translates into lower water rates for our customers.
In October of 2001 the PUD became the newest member of Energy Northwest, which operates the Columbia Generating Station Nuclear power plant and several other energy production facilities. This membership has given the PUD a voice in public power issues and will provide us another means in the future of securing low cost power for our water production facilities.