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Fast Facts – 2018 (as of 12/31/18)

customer overview CUSTOMERS

Number of Connections:
54,136
Average Monthly Residential Bill:
$116 (Note:  Lower than two-thirds of comparable NW Utilities)
Average Monthly Residential Usage:
1,304 kWh

Low Income Assistance Programs:

Low income discounts (senior and disabled)
$602,513; funding was built into rates
Low income conservation assistance
$180,141; funding was built into rates
Helping Hands
$49,543; customer donations

power resources overview POWER RESOURCES

Resource Fuel Contract Capacity (MW) Energy Generated (aMW)
BPA Hydro, Nuclear 198.0  230.8
Frederickson Natural Gas 50.0  15.9
Nine Canyon Wind 9.0  2.4
White Creek Wind 9.0  2.8
Packwood Hydro 3.9  1.4
Wholesale Purchases Misc N/A 18.5
Secondary Market Sales Misc N/A -63.9
Total Wholesale Load   N/A 213.9 
Transmission Losses   N/A -3.2 
Distribution Losses (estimated)   N/A -6.0 
Total Retail Load Billed   N/A 198.7
 
Fuel Mix  
Coal 0.8%
Hydro 82.2%
Natural Gas 1.4%
Nuclear 8.0%
Solar 0.0%
Wind 6.6%
Other 1.0%
 
 

*Washington State Department of Commerce allocates market purchases to specific resources based on its calculated net system mix. 2018 calculations are based on 2017 data reported by Benton PUD to the State Department of Commerce.

 
Investment in Renewable Resources:
Generation by Power Purchasing Agreement: $2.7 million; funding built into rates, includes investment in non-hydro renewable resources
Investment in conservation:
$2.4 million; funding built into rates, net of BPA reimbursement
 

system overview THE SYSTEM

Service Territory
939 sq. miles in Benton County
Miles of Lines:
98 miles of transmission lines
1,699 miles of distribution lines - 786 overhead, 902 underground
1,286 miles of overhead service wire, 988 miles of underground service wire

Substations:
38
Substation Transformers:
56
Line Transformers:
19,032

 

Annual System Peak Load:
Summer – 419 MW – July 2018
Winter – 354 MW – January 2018
Record System Peak Loads:
Summer – 431 MW – July 2014
Winter – 371 MW – Jan 2017

financial overview.png FINANCIAL

2018 Financial Results:
Operating Revenues – $159.9 million
Retail Revenues – $129.8 million
Gross Power Supply Costs – $106.2 million
Net Power Supply costs - $80.1 million
Gross Capital Costs – $17.0 million
Net Capital Costs – $14.9 million
 

* Occupation tax levied by the city in which the customer is located

broadband overview.png WHOLESALE BROADBAND

Fiber & Fixed wireless customers:
632
Retail Service Providers:
10
Miles of Fiber:
444
Annual Revenues:
$2.3 million

Commmission overview.png BENTON PUD COMMISSION

Jeff Hall
District 2, Elected 2002
Lori Kays-Sanders
District 1, Elected 2004
Barry Bush
District 3, Elected 2012
 

employees overview  EMPLOYEES

Number of Full Time Employees (FTEs):
149