WHO WE ARE
The folks at Northern Wasco PUD take great pride in providing quality electrical service, at some of the lowest rates in the state of Oregon and the Northwest. Our customers experience few power outages as a result of an electrical system that is well maintained.
Northern Wasco PUD has two hydroelectric power generation projects – one five-megawatt generator located in the fish attraction water on the North shore of The Dalles Dam, and co-owns with Klickitat County PUD, a ten-megawatt unit at the McNary Dam. Both of projects generate “green power,” meaning they are environmentally clean, non-polluting, and enhance fish survival at both The Dalles and McNary Dams.
WHAT IS A PUD?
A "Peoples Utility District", or PUD, is a "not-for-profit" customer-owned utility. A PUD is different from an “investor-owned utility” (PGE, PP&L, PacifiCorp, etc.) in many different ways.
Locally controlled. A 5-member board of directors, is elected by customers in each of the five PUD subdivisions. These are individuals who live right here in our local community. The board of directors sets electric rates and policies. They hire a general manager who managers the utility according to the policies they set. The Northern Wasco County PUD board meets on the 4th Tuesday each month at 6:00 PM. These meetings are open to the public and press. All decisions are made in open sessions and local citizens have the opportunity to participate.
Rates are lower because a PUD does not have to realize a profit for the benefit of stockholders. The PUD electric system is owned by its customer/owners who enjoy an electric system that is reliable and financially sound.
An “investor-owned” or “private” utility, such as PP&L, PGE, etc., is operated to earn a profit for its stockholders. Its board of directors and stockholders can reside anywhere in the United States or overseas. Their decision-making meetings are not open to the public or its customers unless they own stock.
We value our public power traditions, while seeking new and better ways to preserve the benefits of that heritage. We believe that with innovation, teamwork and commitment, we can compete effectively in a changing environment.
To provide reliable, competitively-priced energy and related services that benefit our customers in the tradition of public power.
Local citizens championed and fought to create our People’s Utility District. They believed – and we believe, in the public’s right to own and control its electric utility
OUR CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS
Local Citizens championed and fought to create our People's Utility District. they believed--and we believe--in the public's right to own and control its electric utility.
Today, our values are a legacy from our public power heritage, as well as guideposts for a changing future. We belive in:
- Public ownership and local control
- Keeping power rates as low as possible
- Providing quality essential services
- Community involvement