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Fast Facts – 2021 (as of 06/03/2022)

customer overview CUSTOMERS

Number of Connections:
56,289
Average Monthly Residential Bill:
$119 (Note:  Lower than two-thirds of comparable NW Utilities)
Average Monthly Residential Usage:
1,271 kWh

Low Income Assistance Programs:

Low income discounts (senior, disabled, and veteran)
$604,924; funding was built into rates
Low income conservation assistance
$226,388; funding was built into rates
Round Up for Helping Hands
$65,668; customer donations

power resources overview POWER RESOURCES

Resource Fuel Contract Capacity (MW) Energy Generated (aMW)
BPA* Hydro, Nuclear 191.8 210.3
Frederickson Natural Gas 50.0  28.7
Nine Canyon Wind 9.0  2.5
White Creek Wind 9.0  2.7
Packwood Hydro 3.9  1.4
Wholesale Purchases Misc N/A 22.3
Secondary Market Sales Misc N/A -47.6
Total Wholesale Load   N/A 220.3 
Transmission Losses   N/A -5.9 
Distribution Losses (estimated)   N/A -8.1
Total Retail Load Billed   N/A 206.3
*BPA Contract Capacity is BPA’s firm (guaranteed) annual energy and BPA Energy Generated is Benton PUD’s contractual rights to a fixed Block amount plus a 1.368% Slice of the actual energy generated
 
Fuel Mix 2021 Estimate 4-Year Average
Coal 0.0% 0.0%
Hydro 74.5% 76.5%
Natural Gas 0.0% 0.8%
Nuclear 9.5% 9.9%
Solar 0.0% 0.0%
Wind 7.2% 6.5%
Other 3.5% 1.6%
Unspecified Source 5.3% 4.7%
Carbon Free 91% 93%

*Washington State Department of Commerce allocates market purchases to specific resources based on its calculated net system mix. 2020 calculations are based on 2019 data reported by Benton PUD to the State Department of Commerce.

Load by Customer Class:
Residential – 39.4%
General – 30.0%
Large Industrial – 3.6%
Irrigation – 26.7%
Other – 0.3%
 
Investment in Renewable Resources:
Generation by Power Purchasing Agreement: $4.7 million; funding built into rates, includes investment in non-hydro renewable resources
Investment in conservation:
$2.6 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
1,745 miles of distribution lines - 780 overhead, 965 underground
273 miles of overhead service wire, 655 miles of underground service wire

Substations:
39
Substation Transformers:
56
Line Transformers:
19,692

 

Annual System Peak Load:
Summer – 490 MW – July 2021
Winter – 308 MW – December 2021
Record System Peak Loads:
Summer – 490 MW – July 2021
Winter – 371 MW – Jan 2017

financial overview.png FINANCIAL

2021 Financial Results:
Operating Revenues – $174.8 million
Retail Revenues – $137.2 million
Gross Power Supply Costs – $117.1 million
Net Power Supply costs - $83.6 million
Gross Capital Costs – $17.9 million
Net Capital Costs – $15.7 million
2021 Taxes:
Total Taxes – $14.2 million
State Privilege Tax – $2.8 million
State Public Utility Tax – $5.3 million
City Tax – $6.1 million*

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

broadband overview.png WHOLESALE BROADBAND

Fiber & Fixed wireless customers:
788
Retail Service Providers:
12
Miles of Fiber:
516
Annual Revenues:
$2.9 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):
148