BPA increases challenge Cheney Light

Department uses cash reserves, holds some capital projects to deal with power and transmission hikes


Last updated 11/22/2013 at 4:55pm

Cheney Light Department’s No. 1 goal for 2014 is pretty simple and pretty obvious: Keep the lights on.

“If we don’t keep the lights on we’re missing our core objective for this city,” Light Department Director Joe Noland told the City Council during budget presentations Nov. 12.

That task has been made a bit more challenging in 2014 thanks to a 9.56 percent increase in power and transmission charges by the Bonneville Power Administration, and a 1.3 percent growth in the system. That led to the city reaching its allowable purchase of Tier 1 power and it is now buying Tier 2 power t...

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