Staff presented the proposed 2024 budget. Details included estimates on revenue and power cost, and no changes in staffing levels. A new cloud-based phone system is in the budget to replace the 11-year-old system that is no longer supported by the vendor, and large projects include replacement of underground cable throughout our service area installed in the 60s and 70s. Conservation funds are being reallocated between programs, and a budget increase is requested for Salem Electric’s Member Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to 1,200 members, up from the current budget for 1,142 members.
SE’s first Cars & Coffee event, held during National Drive EV Week, brought EV enthusiasts together to share information about their experiences while enjoying coffee and doughnuts. Patterned after other grassroots events where participants gather to show off their cars, it was an opportunity for members to talk to both dealers and EV owners about all aspects of electric vehicles.
SE presented its safety town demonstration to over 150 kids and their parents at the Keizer Fire Open House. The interactive display teaches about common electrical safety situations and provides discussion on how to stay safe and stay alive.
General Manager’s Report
Tony Schacher reported on the White House Council on Environmental Quality memorandum to restore healthy and abundant salmon, steelhead, and other native fish populations in the Columbia River Basin. In addition, the Bonneville Power Administration has entered into an agreement to fund a 10-year feasibility study for the reintroduction of anadromous species above the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.