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  • 1. 

    True or false? Chelan County PUD is part of Chelan County government and provides money for  the county budget.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The PUD and county government are completely separate.

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  • 2. 

    How many hydroelectric dams are owned and operated by Chelan County PUD?

    • A.

      One

    • B.

      Two

    • C.

      Three

    • D.

      Five

    Correct Answer
    C. Three
    Explanation
    Rock Island Dam was the first dam on the Columbia River (producing power in 1933). The PUD acquired it in 1956 and finished adding a second powerhouse in 1979. Chelan Dam was finished by Washington Water Power in 1928 and was acquired by the PUD in 1955. Rocky Reach Dam was built by the PUD (finished in 1961 and expanded in 1971).

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  • 3. 

    How many PUD commissioners are publicly elected to oversee the District?

    • A.

      Three

    • B.

      Five

    • C.

      Seven

    Correct Answer
    B. Five
    Explanation
    Five publicly elected PUD commissioners oversee the utility and hire a general manager. Two of the five positions are up for election every two years.

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  • 4. 

    True or false? Chelan County PUD relies on the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the federal Columbia River hydropower system for the bulk of its power.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The PUD contracts for no power from BPA since the PUD ordinarily has more than enough generation of its own to meet the local load. On occasion during low river flows and high power use (cold winter days), the PUD may have to buy small quantities of power from BPA or other suppliers.

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  • 5. 

    Chelan County PUD provides which of the following utility services? (check all that apply)

    • A.

      Electricity

    • B.

      Domestic water

    • C.

      Wastewater collection/treatment

    • D.

      Fiber optics

    • E.

      Garbage collection

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Electricity
    B. Domestic water
    C. Wastewater collection/treatment
    D. Fiber optics
    Explanation
    The PUD provides all services listed except garbage collection.

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  • 6. 

    True or false? Chelan County PUD taxes its customers.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The PUD receives its revenue from retail rates, sales of surplus power and interest on investments.

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  • 7. 

    Chelan County PUD residential electric rates, on average, are:

    • A.

      Cheapest in the country

    • B.

      Second lowest in the country

    • C.

      About average for the Pacific Northwest

    • D.

      About average for the nation

    Correct Answer
    B. Second lowest in the country
    Explanation
    Chelan PUD rates are second lowest in the nation at approximately 3.1 cents per kilowatt hour (3.4 cents with temporary surcharge in effect). The regional Northwest average rate is about 8.3 cents, and the national average is about 11.8 cents per kilowatt hour.

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  • 8. 

    The general manager for Chelan County PUD is:

    • A.

      Dennis Bolz

    • B.

      Joe Jarvis

    • C.

      Rich Riazzi

    • D.

      Charlie Hosken

    • E.

      Norm Gutzwiler

    Correct Answer
    C. Rich Riazzi
    Explanation
    Rich Riazzi was hired in May 2006.

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  • 9. 

    Chelan County PUD was created by a vote of county residents in what year?

    • A.

      1930

    • B.

      1936

    • C.

      1947

    • D.

      1961

    Correct Answer
    B. 1936
    Explanation
    1936; the PUD will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2011.

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  • 10. 

    True or false? Money received from local customers’ electric bills pays fully for the PUD’s cost of producing and delivering that power.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    PUD rates do not cover the cost of any PUD services. The PUD relies on extra revenue from wholesale power sales to cover the difference. A new strategic plan is being developed for a more sustainable approach for the long term.

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  • 11. 

    True or false? Chelan County PUD must one day guarantee that no endangered salmon or steelhead are harmed by passing the dams.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The PUD, however, has chosen to create Habitat Conservation Plans for Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams which set a standard of no net impact on endangered fish by using hatcheries and habitat enhancements for a portion of the fish being protected.

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  • 12. 

    Chelan County PUD dams have been featured on which national TV shows? (check all that apply)

    • A.

      ABC’s What’s My Line?

    • B.

      Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs

    • C.

      ABC’s Super Nanny

    • D.

      History Channel’s Modern Marvels

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs
    D. History Channel’s Modern Marvels
    Explanation
    Dirty Jobs and Modern Marvels

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  • 13. 

    Where is the Museum of the Columbia located?

    • A.

      Rock Island Dam

    • B.

      Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

    • C.

      Rocky Reach Dam

    • D.

      Grand Coulee Dam

    Correct Answer
    C. Rocky Reach Dam
    Explanation
    The Museum of the Columbia is at Rocky Reach Dam and is open to the public from March through October. It offers one of the rare public views of an operating hydro powerhouse.

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  • 14. 

    How many parks has Chelan County PUD built along the Columbia River and at Lake Chelan?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      8

    • C.

      14

    • D.

      20

    Correct Answer
    C. 14
    Explanation
    The PUD has built 14 parks that attract more than three million visitors a year.

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