rior to the meeting Penoyar was greeting commissioners, General Manager Doug Miller and the staff in attendance. With a motion from Commissioner Mike Swanson, and a second from Commissioner Ron Hatfield, Resolution 1347 was up to vote. There was no discussion as the appointment of Penoyar was held up via unanimous approving vote.
The meeting ran as normal after the resolution passed with general business in the way of correspondence received, extension of three service contracts and the manager’s report.
Two items from the manager’s report are of note with the purchase of Green renewable credits from Grays Harbor PUD and a several year-old lawsuit that is still in the courts.
The lawsuit, which concerns the business of electric pole attachment for additional services from private companies riding on the established PUD power route, for things such as cable television, looks to be extended one more time. The suit, which was settled in favor of Pacific County PUD#2 and awarded them more than $600,000 in damages in October 2010, will take another turn in the Washington court systems, General Manger Miller advised. A status report will hopefully be announced at the follow on February meeting in Long Beach.
There was some discussion when the topic of purchasing Green energy renewable credits was introduced to the commissioners. It was identified that current market prices for the credits can range from $10-$15 per Megawatt credit and that Grays Harbor PUD has them for purchase at a ranger of $1 - $1.50/MgWatt credit. After a short discussion which involved some of the staff to help clarify some of the finer points of Green energy renewable credits, Commissioner Hatfield raised a motion for purchase from Grays Harbor PUD, seconded by Commissioner Swanson and with the third aye from Commissioner Diana Thompson, the motion passed unanimous.
Under the agenda item, Other Business, the drawing for a Weather Alert Radio, was performed at the meeting and PUD customer Dennis Bedier was pulled from the bag of entries.
There were two concerns raised during the public forum from residents. One item questioned a “surcharge fee” and wished for an explanation of the fee, and a request to have previous documents presented to the Commissioners by the newly appointed attorney, Penoyar.
“I will look at anything the commission wishes me to see,” noted Penoyar.
The next meeting of the Pacific County PUD Commissioners is Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Operations Center in Long Beach.