Power Management's responsibility is to provide administrative support for the Electric, Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste utilities.
The State of Washington requires the city to submit an Electric Utility Resource Plan to the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. The Plan is developed to assure future resources are adequate. For more information, view the current plan here (PDF).
The Division manages all power supply and power transmission contracts. It also performs strategic planning for all city utilities, along with long term power supply planning.
The City operates a small hydroelectric generation facility on Morse Creek. When operating, the project produces enough power to serve about 200 homes. Maximum capacity of the plant is 500 kilowatts.
Regional Power Issues
The Power Management Division manages issues that are of interest throughout the region, including development of a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO), and any matters having to do with electric utility related legislation.
Financial Analysis & Rates
The Power Management Division provides financial analysis and rate studies for all utilities. As a public entity, all utility rates are set to recover only the cost of providing the service, without a profit margin.
The City provides several programs to promote conservation of electricity and water. Conserving energy helps reduce the need to construct expensive, new generating projects, which helps keep electric rates as low as possible. For more information on these programs, please visit our Conservation page.