A meeting of Commissioners of Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County was held in the District offices, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday, the 28th day of June at the hour of 9:00 a.m.
Present: President Nancy Barnes, Vice President Jane Van Dyke, Secretary Jim Malinowski, Commissioners; CEO/General Manager Wayne Nelson, Director of Finance Rick Dyer, Director of Operations Dan Krebs, Director of Information Services Mike Harris, Director of Water Doug Quinn, Director of Engineering Cal Morris, Director of Communications Lena Wittler, Director of Energy Resources Dan Bedbury, Corporate Communications Manager Erica Erland, Materials and Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker, Manager of Energy Planning and Operations Tom Haymaker, Customer Accounts and Energy Reporting Services Manager Debbie DePetris, Construction Services Manager Dana Allen, Key Accounts Manager Bart Hansen, Lighting Specialist Justin Andrews, Communications Coordinator Maxie Lofton, Field Services Coordinator Dan Baxter, Communications Student Logan Anderson and Assistant to CEO/General Manager Margaret Anderson.
Press Representatives: None
Others Present: Mike Lyons, Bob Cone, Donna Roberge, Rick Syring, John Nelson (Materials A)
The order of business recorded below reflects the published agenda (Materials B)
At 9:00 a.m., President Barnes called the meeting to order for the transaction of formal business.
Consideration of the Minutes of June 7, 2016
There were no changes or corrections.
Consideration of Accounts Payable
The Board, by a unanimous vote, approved the following payment amounts as listed on the Letter of Transmittal dated June 28, 2016, from the District Auditor:
Electric Revenue Fund – $18,440,387.26
Water Revenue Fund – $595,072.32
Generating System Fund – $14,247,672.18
For a total of $33,283,131.76
June Service Award Presentation
Director of Finance introduced Dan Baxter, Field Services Coordinator. Dan was recognized for 20 years of service with the utility.
Consideration of Intent to Establish LUD Nos. 1243 and 1248
Construction Services Manager Dana Allen addressed the Board regarding the Intent to Establish Local Utility District Nos. for street lighting.
Resolution No. 7271 – LUD No. 1243 – Granada 6 Short Plat
Resolution No. 7272 – LUD No. 1248 – Clear Sky’s Estates 3 PH 1-3
After the presentation by Ms. Allen, Commissioner Barnes opened for comment. There being no public comment, a motion was made by Commissioner Van Dyke, seconded by Commissioner Malinowski and it was unanimously carried that Resolution Nos. 7271 and 7272 be adopted and a public hearing set for July 26, 2016 (Materials D).
Consideration of Bid Award No. 990 – 121kV SF6 Breaker for Union Ridge Substation
Materials & Purchasing Manager Cathy Wannamaker reviewed the memo dated June 28, 2016, which detailed the bid results (Materials E). Commissioner Van Dyke moved to recommend that Bid No. 990 be awarded to ABB Inc., in the amount of $49,760.00 plus applicable taxes. This price includes the fully assembled breaker, SF6 gas and a gas filling kit. Commissioner Malinowski seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Review of Updated LED Lighting Rates
Director of Finance Rick Dyer and Director of Engineering Cal Morris addressed the board on potential updates to street lighting rates (Materials F). The proposed rates would account for the lower energy use of LED technology and would reduce the operating and maintenance costs for these newer lights. Staff noted that the rate change would be retroactive to the date of installation of eligible LED lighting.
The board agreed to revisit the topic with a public hearing and rate adoption at a subsequent meeting after additional discussion with local impacted municipalities.
Review of Net Metering
Key Accounts Manager Bart Hansen and Manager of Energy Planning and Operations Tom Haymaker presented the board with a variety of net-metering program options to consider in the future (Materials G). The issues discussed include the cost of service to accommodate solar net-metering, the various ways other utilities are moving forward and issues of fairness to both solar customer and the customer base as a whole.
Staff noted that these net-metering considerations are unrelated to Washington State solar incentives. The board thanked staff for the information and looked forward to continued discussions surrounding this topic.
Director of Finance Rick Dyer addressed the board (Materials H). May had warmer and drier weather on average. System sales were below budget, and off system sales were above budget. May residential sales were 96.4% of budget; commercial sales and industrial sales were 101% of budget.
For the month of May, the Electric System showed a net income of $2.76 million compared to a budgeted net income of $378,000. Residential customer growth for April was 2.09%.
The Water System has added 384 new customers year to date resulting in a growth rate of 2.78%. The net income in May was $154,000 against a budgeted net income loss of $129,000.
May Wholesale Operations
Manager of Energy Planning and Operations Tom Haymaker addressed the board (Materials I). Slice performed below prompt month forecast but above budget forecast. Loads were near budget forecast with mild temperatures; May had both cooling degree days and heating degree days.
The scheduled maintenance at River Road Generating Plant ran behind schedule and the restart proved to be one of the most difficult in recent history.
Commissioner Malinowski reported on his attendance at the Energy Northwest Meetings and the Ice Harbor Dam tour.
Commissioner Van Dyke reported on her attendance at the Columbia River Economic Development Council Meeting.
There were no staff reports.
Other Business before the Board
There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was recessed at 11:15 a.m. to executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no formal action taken. At 12:00 p.m. Commissioner Barnes reconvened the public meeting and there being no further business to come before the board, the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.