ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT

2023-2025 Biennium Budget

OVERVIEW

The department is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and repair of both overhead and underground electric infrastructure, including vegetation management.

The Electric Utility is responsible to meet Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulations for infrastructure safety and vegetation management. Our operations typically fall under the guidelines of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.269 and the The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC). Remaining operational controls are the purview of City Council.


Electric is organized in three divisions- Most operations fall under the distribution division, the Supply division is dedicated to the acquisition of wholesale energy and the operation of City owned generation, the Transmission division is dedicated to the cost related to getting wholesale energy to Ashland.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2021 Excellence in Reliability Award

  • Completed State mandated Wildfire Mitigation Plan

  • Completed purchase of Mountain Avenue substation from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

  • Director served as President of Oregon Municipal Electric Utilities Association (OMEU) for 2022

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Add capacity at Mountain Ave substation.
  • Complete master plan for the Electric Utility.
  • Return to full staffing level.
  • Maintain or improve safety and reliability metrics.
  • Begin implementation of system automation

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

ASAI – 99.9933%

CAIDI – 106.552 minutes

SAIDI – 34.775 minutes

SAIFI – 0.326

* As of 2021


Definitions:

ASAI-average service availability index

The Average Service Availability Index (ASAI) is a reliability index commonly used by electric power utilities. ASAI can be represented in relation to SAIDI (when the annual SAIDI is given in hours)

ASAI= 1- SAIDI/8760.

CAIDI-customer average interruption duration index

CAIDI gives the average outage duration that any given customer would experience. CAIDI can also be viewed as the average restoration time. CAIDI is measured in units of time, often minutes or hours. It is usually measured over the course of a year, and according to IEEE Standard 1366-1998 the median value for North American utilities is approximately 1.36 hours.

SAIDI-system average interruption duration index

SAIDI is measured in units of time, often minutes or hours. It is usually measured over the course of a year, and according to IEEE Standard 1366-1998 the median value for North American utilities is approximately 1.50 hours.

SAIFI-system average interruption frequency index

SAIFI is measured in units of interruptions per customer. It is usually measured over the course of a year, and according to IEEE Standard 1366-1998 the median value for North American utilities is approximately 1.10 interruptions per customer.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FROM 2021-2023

  • Money included in budget for implementation of the Wildfire Protection Plan implementation. Plan was completed 21/23BN
  • No rate increases
  • Purchase of substation has resulted in a decrease of $150,000 in utility delivery charges per year
  • Overcollection by Bonneville has resulted in $1.3 million rebate to the utility

FUTURE OUTLOOK

  • Many potential Sate and Federal grant opportunities.

  • Continued work on the post 2028 BPA contracts presents both challenges and opportunities.

  • Attracting qualified Journey level employees.

*Photo by Bob Palermini

BUDGET LINE ITEMS (EXPENDITURES)

BIENNIAL COMPARISON

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