Agreement reached for relicensing of Boundary Dam hydro project

The City of Seattle will pay $19 million to Pend Oreille County over the next 10 years to relicense the Boundary Dam hydropower project, which generates 40 percent of the power for Seattle City Light.

The deal, recently approved by the city council, is a compromise to end a two-year dispute. Commissioners in the county in northeast Washington initially asked for $30 million. City Light offered about $15 million. About $3 million will go to help build a school in Metaline Falls, wire services reported.

“We are delighted to see these negotiations come to a successful result,” stated County Commission Chair Diane Wear. “It’s been a difficult process for all concerned, but, in the end, it’s a very positive conclusion for all of us. The City Light employees at Boundary Dam are an integral part of almost every event that takes place in Pend Oreille County, and we appreciate their support and community involvement.”

Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said: “Boundary Dam is an essential part of our power portfolio. It was important to all of us, especially our ratepayers and the residents of Pend Oreille County, to reach agreement. The resolution adopted by the Council puts in place a solid foundation for reaching common ground on impact agreements in the future.”

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