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Pend Oreille County, Seattle City Light Reach 10-Year Agreement

Seattle City Light’s Boundary Hydroelectric Project in Pend Oreille County is a vital source of hydroelectricity, powering the utility’s service area for more than 50 years. As a steward of the resources the utility relies on in this northeastern Washington county, City Light strives to maintain a positive relationship with local residents, governing entities and tribes. This fall, City Light continued this partnership as… [ Keep reading ]

Pend Oreille River Closed to Recreational Activities

The Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Pend Oreille River to recreational activities due to safety concerns about extremely high river flows and flooding, as reported by KXLY. That order includes the reservoir at Seattle City Light’s Boundary Hydroelectric Project.

Early Snowpack Near Normal for Seattle City Light Hydroelectric Dams

While snowpack levels in the watershed that collects Seattle’s drinking water is below normal at the start of 2015, snowpack levels in the watersheds that feed Seattle City Light’s hydroelectric dams are near normal. Even so, it’s early in the season and a lot can change before the end of winter.

Boundary Dam’s Unit 53 Generator is Back Online

Boundary Dam’s electrical generating unit 53 is back up and running for the peak generation season on the Pend Oreille River. The generator was repaired in half the time it typically takes for this type of project and $1 million under budget.

Regulators confirm new 42-year license for City Light’s Boundary Dam

Seattle City Light has overcome the last hurdle to achieve a new license for its Boundary Hydroelectric Project, which is located on the Pend Oreille River near Metaline Falls. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) deadline for appeals of the Boundary license order expired Aug. 19. FERC issued a new 42-year license order for Boundary Dam on March 20, 2013, consistent with a settlement agreement that City Light filed with FERC in 2010. With no appeals filed, this ends the FERC relicensing process for Boundary Dam.

City Light Supports Tri-Town Poker Paddle In Pend Oreille County

Seattle City Light is proud to be one of the sponsors for the Tri-Town Poker Paddle, held in Pend Orielle County where the utility operates Boundary Dam. This is one of the many ways that City Light supports the community where the utility generates more than 30 percent of electricity for customers in the greater Seattle area. The Tri-Town Poker Paddle is a two-day outdoor event where paddlers travel down the Pend Orielle River, collecting poker hands at various locations throughout the route. Participants with the best poker hands are awarded. More than 60 people participated in last year’s event. This year’s event will be held on July 20 – 21, 2013. More information can be found on the Tri-Town Poker Paddle Facebook page. Good luck to all of the participants!

Second Turbine Runner Headed for Boundary Dam

A second hydroelectric turbine runner is on its way to Seattle City Light’s Boundary Dam in Pend Oreille County as part of a generator overhaul project that will increase Boundary’s generating capacity by 30 megawatts and reduce the dam’s impact on fish in the Pend Oreille River.

Boundary Dam Maintenance to Expose Metaline Falls

Seattle City Light is completing a year-long maintenance project at Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington that will require lowering the reservoir behind the dam twice this month.

Temporary Closure for Camping at Boundary Dam Rec Area

Camping at the Boundary Dam Forebay Recreation Area in Pend Oreille County will be closed, starting tomorrow, until early August while Seattle City Light completes maintenance work on a sluice maintenance gate for the dam.

Abundant Snowpack Assures Healthy Electricity Supplies

Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco expressed cautious optimism about power production this year. The utility entered April with near-record amounts of snowpack above its hydroelectric dams on the Pend Oreille and Skagit Rivers, promising a healthy supply of electricity this summer.