To support our continuing discussion with Island residents, we held two town halls earlier in October, one by telephone and one in person. To those who participated, thank you.
Our main topics of discussion focused on system reliability and our path to cleaner energy. Andy Wappler, vice president of Corporate Affairs, answered questions on the telephone town hall and joined Jens Nedrud, manager of Systems Planning, at the town hall on the Island.
After a brief presentation, Andy and Jens opened a question and answer period. Many questions focused on our future in clean energy, particularly related to the Colstrip generating facility. In this regard, we have good news. Our general rate case settlement, which is currently being reviewed by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, establishes a workable mechanism to fund the decomissioning and environmental remdiation at Colstrip. Colstrip Units 1 and 2 are scheduled for closure by July 2022. For the newer Colstrip Units 3 and 4, shut-down dates have not been established, but the schedule for depreciating those investments has been accelerated from a period ending in 2045 to one ending in 2027.
System reliability on Bainbridge Island was also a topic of several questions. Jens spoke about the variety of options we will be studying in the coming months (both non-wire and wired) and committed to come back to the community for feedback several times as the plans are developing.
If you or your group would like to meet with us to discuss power issues within your community, please contact us at email@example.com or 1-888-878-8632 to schedule a meeting.