Petitioning U.S. 4th District Washington State Representative Rep. Dan Newhouse and 5 others

Stop Deadline Extensions to Electrify Enloe Dam in Okanogan County, WA

Citizen-Ratepayers do not support legislation to extend the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) deadline for the Okanogan PUD (OPUD) to commence construction or finish construction in re-energizing Enloe Dam as it's opposed by many of the citizens-ratepayers of Okanogan County, WA because: 

 (1) The Enloe project doesn’t make sense economically, and is a poor deal for ratepayers. The OPUD has invested over $14 million (sunk costs) in the project since 2008, so far without success. The project is expected to operate with an annual net loss of $1.5-2 million dollars. Ratepayers will be on the hook for at least $45 million in borrowing plus interest for 30 years, as well as the debt service from Operations/Maintenance costs being more than revenues for the life of project. These estimates could increase substantially.

 (2) The OPUD is unable to properly manage the project. OPUD has missed important deadlines with FERC and lacks the staff and experience to manage such a project. For this reason OPUD is trying to off-load Enloe project on to a private or third party entity. It has for three years been searching for some power company to design, build, finance, and operate the powerhouse without success. It is now turning to secure a design-build contractor.

 (3) The district doesn’t need the power: A new power sharing agreement with Douglas PUD will provide 170 MW of additional power to OPUD. This is more than double our current average daily load, and equivalent to the output of almost 38 Enloe Dams. Energy NW states that due to conservation their 27 utilities are shrinking in revenue and that the region does not need new power generation. They turned down the project as having questionable economics.

 (4) The Similkameen River is not recognized to be a dependable source of year-round power. There is an extensive and available public record which demonstrates the extremes of seasonal flows on the Similkameen, resulting in low flows for 3 seasons of the year. 

 (5) The electrification of Enloe Dam needs to be abandoned. Federal agencies need to be allowed to remove the obsolete dam structure and restore the impoverished ecology of the Similkameen River. The newly developing outdoor recreation industry would also be greatly enhanced as a benefit of removal. 

 We urge you to vote against any legislation that extends the hydropower deadlines set by FERC by signing this petition to be sent to Sen. Marie Cantwell and Rep. Dan Newhouse.

Enloe Dam Removal Working Group

American Rivers, 
American Whitewater, 
Center for Environmental Law and Policy, 
Conservation Northwest,
Trout Unlimited


This petition will be delivered to:
  • U.S. 4th District Washington State Representative
    Rep. Dan Newhouse
  • U.S. Senator at Large, Washington State
    Sen. Maria Cantwell
  • U.S. Senator at Large, Washington State
    Sen. Patty Murray
  • Okanogan County PUD Commissioner
    Com. Steve Houston
  • Okanogan County PUD Commissioner
    Com. Scott Vejraska
  • Okanogan County PUD Commissioner
    Com. Jerry Asmussen

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