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Manager’s Report — January 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors As we begin this new year, please remember cold weather tends to increase your electrical consumption and your PUD bills. Please also remember, we have friends and neighbors who can use our help. We understand the cost per unit of measurement — kilowatt hours — is only one aspect. The amount of […]

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Exceptional Service

Three from The Dalles win state awards By Rodger Nichols There are a lot of caring people in The Dalles. That was confirmed in November, when the Oregon Health Care Association gave three of its annual awards to people from The Dalles. Aubree Schreiner of Columbia Basin Care was honored as administrator of the year—skilled […]

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The Best Job Ever

Trainee finds a warm welcome at PUD By Rodger Nichols Cherish Southard loves her job. The 30-year-old is an electrical technician trainee at Northern Wasco County PUD’s energy generating project at The Dalles Dam. “I love it so much that I want to retire there,” she says. “It gives me so many learning opportunities.” Cherish […]

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A 160-Year-Old History Lesson

Three courthouse buildings tell the story of The Dalles and Wasco County By Rodger Nichols Not every county is as thrifty as Wasco County. While other counties have torn down their old courthouses, Wasco County has its full heritage intact. Three courthouses in The Dalles are in repair and open to the public. The Oregon […]

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The Detailed Price of Power

Determining the need for increased rates is both a science and an art for the PUD By Rodger Nichols Calculating the price of power for ratepayers is a complex process involving both science and art. First, the utility needs to take in enough money to cover expenses, which come in a number of manners. In […]

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Manager’s Report — December 2019

Greetings As the seasonal tune goes, the weather outside is—or can be— frightful. What isn’t frightful is the reliability of your electric service, and the resilience of the infrastructure and teams that provide it for you every day. As I reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead, I am most […]

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A Tale of Two Turbines

A pair of behind-the-scenes powerhouses generate consistent, dependable power By Rodger Nichols Deep inside The Dalles Dam, a turbine— what might be thought of as a 25-ton top—spins at 200 rpm day and night, 24/7/365. Except for periods of maintenance, it has spun for more than a quarter- century, generating a steady, dependable stream of […]

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Shelter From the Cold

The Warming Place provides respite during the roughest winter weather By Rodger Nichols When the weather gets bad, there’s nothing like curling up with a good book next to the fireplace or snuggling up under a warm blanket. But what if you’re homeless? Bad weather can be miserable if you don’t have a place to […]

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Manager’s Report — November 2019

Continued Excellence One year ago, your board of directors accepted my recommendation to adopt a new strategic plan for Northern Wasco County PUD. The plan retargeted our efforts for the next 10 years, and allowed the district to continue to position itself and our community for a successful energy future. Progress is being made on […]

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Recent Hires Bring Advanced Skills

Finance, Power Purchase, Business, Computer Science, Joint Use and Electrician are among their specialties By Kathy Ursprung Suzanne Haworth Suzanne Haworth has been with the PUD since September 11, 2018. She is a Senior Financial Analyst, which involves reconciling bank statements, reviewing cash flow, preparing financial statements, approving purchases, expense coding and reviewing investments. “I […]