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Why Electric Heat in Leavenworth?

Posted by Geordie Romer on January 11, 2007

As you walk through homes around Leavenworth, you may notice that most people have baseboard electric heat, electric furnaces or heat pumps, and electric stoves. In fact the only gas you may see is a gas fireplace. Why do most Leavenworth residents have electric heat and appliances?
The answer: Chelan Co. has one of the lowest electric rates in the state. The Chelan Co. Public Utilities District (PUD) operates three hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River generating enough power to run a city of 900,000 people for a year. As the name implies, the PUD is owned by the residents of Chelan Co. All this translates to an average price of 2.9 cents/Kilowatt hour.
Listed below are the residential rates for electricity for Chelan Co. and the City of Seattle. Chelan Co. is by month and Seattle is by day.
Chelan Co. Monthly Charges per kWh. First 1,000 kWh–2.18 cents. 1001 to 2000 kWh–2.70 cents. > 2000 kWh–2.85 cents. Basic Charge–$6.85.
Seattle, Residential: City. Daily Charges per kWh-April thru September. First 10 kWh–4.06 cents. 11 kWh to 100 kWh–8.39 cents. >100 kWh–9.81 cents. Basic Service Charge–9.73 cents/meter/day.

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