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Fast Facts – 2016 (as of 12/31/16)

customer overview CUSTOMERS

Number of Connections:
52,097
Residential Electric Rate:
$0.0718 per kWh plus $.55 per day daily system charge [as of 9/1/2016]
Average Annual Residential Customer Usage:
15,186 kWh

Low Income Assistance Programs:

Low income discounts (senior and disabled)
$508,662; funding was built into rates.
Low income conservation assistance
$169,091; funding was built into rates.
Helping Hands
$53,958 donated by customers and employees distributed to Benton PUD customers in need.
Retail Sales Billed:
192.9 aMW (excludes wholesale power sales)
Residential – 39.1%
General – 31.0%
Large Industrial – 3.8%
Irrigation – 25.7%
Other – 0.4%
Wholesale Power Sales:
65.9 aMW

system overview THE SYSTEM

Service Territory
939 sq. miles in Benton County
Miles of Lines:
89 miles of 115 kV transmission lines
1,676 miles of distribution lines (790 miles overhead, 886 miles underground)
Substations:
37 Total – 19 of which are on the Columbia River serving large farms
Substation Capacity:
Rural 293 MVA, Urban 687 MVA
Substation Transformers:
55
Line Transformers:
18,541
Line Transformer Capacity:
1,056 MVA
System Average Load:
Total Wholesale Load: 202.5 aMW (includes 3.2 aMW of transmission losses)
Estimated Distribution Losses: 6.5 aMW (metering of total wholesale load and retail sales billed are not synchronized)
2016 System Peak Load:
Summer – 425 MW – June 2016
Winter – 333 MW – December 2016
Record System Peak Loads:
Summer – 430 MW – July 2014
Winter – 392 MW – Feb 1996

employees overview EMPLOYEES

Employees (FTEs): 152 total
Administrative – 86
Operations – 59
Prosser – 7
Average Employee Tenure:
13 years

power resources overview POWER RESOURCES

WA State Reporting* Actual
Biomass 0.32% 0.11%
Coal 5.87% 0.00%>
Hydro 76.78% 71.64%
Natural Gas 5.19% 3.10%
Nuclear 8.74% 8.49%
Solar 0.03% 0.03%
Wind 2.89% 2.89%
Other 0.16% 0.03%
Market Purchases   13.71%
Carbon-free 89% 82%

*Washington State Department of Commerce allocates market purchases to specific resources based on its calculated net system mix. 2016 calculations are based on 2015 data reported by Benton PUD to the State Department of Commerce (updated 05/17).

financial overview.png FINANCIAL

2016 Financial Results:
Operating Revenues – $139.9 million
Retail Revenues – $120.4 million
Wholesale Power Sales Revenues - $15.7 million
Gross Power Supply Costs – $94.2 million
Net Power Supply costs - $78.5 million
Net Capital Costs – $14.5 million
Investment in non-hydro renewable resources: $4.1 million (gross); $3.2 million (net of Sales for Resale); Investment in conservation: $2.6 million (gross); $0.3 million (net of BPA reimbursement); funding was built into our rates.
2016 Taxes:
Total Taxes – $12.6 million
State Privilege Tax – $2.4 million
State Public Utility Tax – $4.7 million
City Tax – Occupation tax levied by the city in which the customer is located – $5.4 million

broadband overview.png BROADBAND

Customers:
Ethernet, Wireless & TDM end user customers - 644
Retail Service Providers:
11
Miles of Fiber:
396
Number of wireless sites:
10

Commmission overview.png BENTON PUD COMMISSION

Barry Bush
Elected 2012
Jeff Hall
Appointed & elected 2002, re-elected 2008 & 2014
Lori Kays-Sanders
Elected 2005, re-elected 2011 & 2016