May 18, 2017 Ephrata local office hours change in June

EPHRATA, Wash. – In response to changes in customer preferences, and technological advances in customer service, Grant PUD office hours will change to 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. June 1.

The changes align with Grant PUD’s desire to be responsive to local needs. Grant PUD began offering online payment options in 2007. At its inception, only seven percent of customers utilized this service. Today that number is over 40 percent and growing as more and more customers make the transition toward online payment platforms.

Grant PUD offers a number of billing and payment programs designed to meet the individual preference of customers. After unusually cold seasonal temperatures, bills were on average, 20-25 percent higher in January through March. To avoid the seasonal peaks and valleys that weather extremes bring, customers have the opportunity to smooth their monthly payments out with a level payment program called BudgetPay. This program gives customers the assurance of a predictable bill each month and makes managing a monthly budget easier. To make the change to BudgetPay call customer service at (509) 766-2505.

Customers will continue to have access to a customer service representative during the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling at (509) 766-2505 or visiting grantpud.org any time.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Public Affairs

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Grant PUD offers free, outdoor recreation opportunities along the Columbia

New boat launch at Crescent Bar, with limited parking, opens May 26

EPHRATA, Wash. – Local residents and visitors will have a number of outdoor opportunities along the Columbia River this summer recreation season.

Photo credit: Grant PUD Final work is underway for the Chinook Park boat launch, parking lot and day-use moorage at Crescent Bar. The facility is expect to open on May 26.

Photo credit: Grant PUD
Final work is underway for the Chinook Park boat launch, parking lot and day-use moorage at Crescent Bar. The facility is expect to open on May 26.

Grant PUD operates 19 recreation sites on or near the Columbia River. Recreation sites with boat launches include the Priest Rapids Recreation Area, Buckshot, Huntzinger, Wanapum Dam Lower, Wanapum Dam Upper, Vantage, Frenchman Coulee and Apricot Orchards. The new Chinook Park boat launch located off-island at Crescent Bar, will open to the public on May 26. Fuel will also be available at the Chinook Park boat launch when it opens.

Boaters should be mindful that, because of on-going construction in the Crescent Bar area, parking is limited at the Chinook Park boat launch. Those with off-site parking are encouraged to use that option.

The two-lane launch and boat dock is the first of several new and enhanced amenities that will be free and open to the general public visiting the Crescent Bar Recreation area. The new RV campground and other facilities, including parks, beaches and walking trails, are expected to open by late June to early July following several months of construction. The golf course is also now open throughout the season.

Grant PUD’s recreation sites offer day-use visitors free, family-friendly fun in the sun and are one of the many ways Grant PUD powers our local way of life. During the Memorial Day weekend, overnight camping, which requires a fee, will also available at four campgrounds: Priest Rapids Recreation Area, Sand Hollow, Rocky Coulee and Jackson Creek Fish Camp.  For information about Grant PUD’s recreation options, visit http://grantpud.org/recreation.

Grant PUD wants everyone to enjoy a safe time along the river by following these safety guidelines:

  • Water released from the dams can create hazardous boating conditions. Sudden water level fluctuations can impact the shoreline. Make sure your boat stays wet and anchor well off shore.
  • Safety barriers located above both Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams are there to keep everyone safe. Do not go beyond the safety barriers under any circumstances. If someone gets in trouble and goes beyond the barriers, call 911 immediately.
  • Check the weather forecast before starting out. Watch for any wave, wind and cloud changes that signal bad weather is heading your way.
  • Make sure water and weather conditions are safe before entering the water. Cold water reduces body heat 25 times faster than air at the same temperature. The Columbia River can be cold enough to cause serious harm. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty at our recreation sites. Please be careful.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Public Affairs

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Customers to help shape direction of High Speed Network

Grant PUD requesting participation through online and phone surveys

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant County residents have an opportunity to help shape possible expansion of Grant PUD’s High Speed Fiber Optic Network. On the heels of focus groups and public outreach meetings, customers can participate through an online survey by visiting grantpud.org and clicking on the “Fiber Optic Outreach Survey” button.

The survey will be available through May 14. The results will provide one of many reference points that Grant PUD Commissioners will use to determine policy related to expanding fiber optic service to county residents currently without access. Commissioners and staff recently held two public meetings to initiate dialogue with customers and determine preferences associated with possible expansion of the High Speed Fiber Optic Network. The service currently extends to 70 percent of county residents. Commissioners are expected to consider public comments and explore scenarios associated with possible expansion this summer.

In tandem with the online survey, a representative sample of customers will be contacted May 4 through May 7 by a third-party research firm to participate in a brief telephone survey. As always, customers should remember anyone claiming to call from Grant PUD will never ask for payment or Social Security information over the phone.

To find out if your home has access to one of the most robust internet connections in the U.S., visit http://grantpud.org/customer-service/high-speed-network or call customer service at 1 (888) 254-1899.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Public Affairs

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Customer opportunity to weigh in on future of Fiber Optic Network

Grant PUD plans two public meetings to comment on scenarios for potential expansion to unserved areas

 EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD is hosting two public meetings in April to provide customers an opportunity to learn and comment on possible expansion scenarios for the utility’s fiber optic system into unserved portions of the county.

The first meeting is Tuesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Grant PUD Headquarters, 30 C Street SW, Ephrata WA. The second meeting is Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. in the George Community Hall, 403 W Montmorency Blvd., George WA. During the meetings, expansion scenarios for the fiber optic system under consideration, including potential pros and cons, will be presented to public.

Customers are encouraged to attend the meetings and help Grant PUD shape the future of their High Speed Network. Along with the public meetings, Grant PUD will conduct a telephone & online survey in early May. Learn more at http://grantpud.org/customer-service/high-speed-network.

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03/28/17 Grant PUD commissioners set electric prices for 2017

Typical residential bill to increase $1.41 a month.

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD Commissioners at their March 28th business meeting, adopted 2017 retail electric price increases across all customer classifications.

The adopted 2017 budget called for price increases designed to add 2 percent in additional revenue from local (retail) customers. The typical residential household is expected to see an increase of approximately $1.41 per month on their electric bill (assuming 1,800 kWh). All increases are effective April 1 and are set to bring in an additional $3 million in revenue this year.

The price changes align with commission policy of small, predictable increases, while at the same time ensuring that the cost of serving each customer group does not stray from adopted long-term targets. Currently, customers such as residential and irrigators pay between 34-45% below the cost to serve, while others such as large industrial customers pay nearly 38% above the cost to serve. The allocated increases in the table below are consistent with the commission’s long-term cost of service targets. This long-term policy also protects core customers including residential, small business and irrigation, from volatile price changes while also allowing the utility to keep up with rising costs and maintaining financial stability.

“Customers rely on us to power their way of life. These smaller, more predictable increases ensure we are there when they need us. While we never enjoy raising electric prices, we need to ensure we are positioned for future changes in our industry and as it relates to customer expectations.” said Commission President Larry Schaapman.

In consideration of Commission policy, the adopted price increases for each customer classification are allocated as follows:

Customer Classification Increases:
Residential (Rate schedule 1)- 1.5%
General Service (Rate Schedule 2)- 2.1%
Irrigation (Rate Schedule 3)- 3.4%
Streetlights (Rate Schedule 6)- 0.5%
Large General (Rate Schedule 7)- 1.0%
Industrial (Rate Schedule 14)- 5.0%
Large Industrial (Rate Schedule 15)- 0.7%
Ag Food Processing (Rate Schedule 16)- 5.0%
Ag Food Processing Boiler (Rate Schedule 85)- 5.0%

For more information visit: www.grantpud.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Public Affairs Desk
(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

 

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Public meetings planned on future Grant PUD electric prices

Pair of meetings set for March 6

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD will hold two public meetings on Monday, March 6 to present projections for future electric prices.

The first meeting is at 2 p.m. in the Grant PUD Ephrata Headquarters Commission Room, 30 C Street SW, Ephrata WA 98823. The second meeting is at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Grant PUD Office, 312 W Third Avenue, Moses Lake WA 98837.

Two years ago, Grant PUD commissioners adopted a strategy of having small, incremental price increases phased in over time. To that end, staff members will present a review of the Cost of Service Analysis and a projected 10-year price trajectory to the Grant PUD Commissioners and members of the public. The commissioners will then take public comment following the presentation.

Commissioners will use the information presented from staff, while also considering comments received from the public, to set new electric prices for customers in Grant County later this spring.

Materials for the meetings will be posted online at http://grantpud.org/your-pud/commission-meetings/upcoming-meeting-agenda by Thursday, March 2.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Public Affairs (509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Power restored to all customers in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata communities

Power crews restore all customers following outage that affected 8,000 customers

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD crews working throughout the night and through the morning have restored power to all customers affected by an outage that began at 7 p.m. Feb. 15.  Power was restored at approximately 1 p.m.

If customers are still experiencing an outage, they can report it to Grant PUD by calling (800) 216-5226. Please do not dial 911 to report a power outage.

Grant PUD line crews work to restore power to customers south of Ephrata on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

An equipment malfunction in the Central Ephrata Substation caused the outage that affected up to 8,000 customers at its peak in Ephrata, Quincy and Soap Lake. Customers in Soap Lake and Quincy communities were quickly restored about one hour into the outage. The majority of customers in Ephrata were restored around 2:30 a.m. Several hundred Ephrata customers in the Swanson Addition, Oasis Park and Railroad Ave areas, including several business in the southeast section of town, remained without power as crews worked to restore damaged spans of distribution line.

The cause of the substation equipment failure is unknown at this time. No injuries related to the substation equipment failure were reported. With power restored, Grant PUD crew members will work to determine the cause of the equipment failure over the coming days and week.

Along with the damage at the substation, the outage resulted in a fire in a Grant PUD maintenance building adjacent to the substation. The fire was extinguished by firefighters with Ephrata Fire Department and Grant County Fire District No. 13. No specific cause for the fire has been determined.

For power outage preparedness information visit our website at www.grantpud.org/customer-service/power-outages.

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Feb. 16: Large outage impacts customers in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata Communities

Large outage impacts customers in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata Communities

Portions of Ephrata still without power as crews work through the night and morning.

EPHRATA, Wash. – At approximately 7 p.m. Feb. 15 customers in Soap Lake, Ephrata and Quincy communities experienced a large power outage as the result of equipment failure in the Central Ephrata Substation.

Customers in Soap Lake and Quincy communities were quickly restored last night. The majority of customers in Ephrata were restored around 2:30 a.m. As of 6 a.m. Feb. 16, several hundred Ephrata customers in the Swanson Addition, Oasis Park and Railroad Ave areas were still without power as crews work to restore damaged spans of distribution line. The estimated time of service restoration is currently between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. today.

The cause of the substation equipment failure is unknown at this time. At the peak of the outage approximately 8,000 customers were without power. No injuries related to the substation equipment failure were reported. Crews worked throughout the night and will continue through the morning to get all customers restored as quickly and safely as possible.

“We appreciate the partnership and patience of local law enforcement, emergency management, public works departments and our customers. We recognize the inconvenience a power outage places on our communities and we are committed to restoring service as quickly and safely as possible,” said Public Affairs Manager Thomas Stredwick.

If customers are experiencing an outage, they can report it to Grant PUD by calling (800) 216-5226. Please do not dial 911 to report a power outage. For ongoing outage updates please follow Grant PUD on facebook. For power outage preparedness information visit our website at www.grantpud.org/customer-service/power-outages.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Grant PUD Public Affairs desk (509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Chief Moses students and Grant PUD employees team up to help needy families

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Students in the Chief Moses Middle School leadership class wanted to do something to help their classmates’ families in need this Thanksgiving.

So the class decided that they would reach out to their classmates, teachers and others to raise the money and materials to put together all the fixings – including big turkeys – for

Chuck Allen (from left), of Grant PUD, presents money donated by Grant PUD employees to the Chief Moses Middle School leadership class for Thanksgiving meal gift boxes. Pictured are Vivianne Bautista, Myah Cruz, Principal Vicki Swisher, and Ashley Butler.

Chuck Allen (from left), of Grant PUD, presents money donated by Grant PUD employees to the Chief Moses Middle School leadership class for Thanksgiving meal gift boxes. Pictured are Vivianne Bautista, Myah Cruz, Principal Vicki Swisher, and Ashley Butler.

Thanksgiving feasts for at least 23 families. The leadership class students were put in charge of organizing, advertising and following up to ensure that the donations for the baskets were raised and then assembled.

When determining who else to invite to help with the project, the students chose to reach out to the employees of Grant PUD. The PUD employees donated $800 of their own money to the cause to ensure that there would be enough money to purchase the turkeys and other items from a local store.

“We were very happy to hear about this opportunity to partner with Chief Moses students and be a part of the Thanksgiving basket program,” said Chuck Allen, Grant PUD spokesperson. “These students showed great leadership qualities in creating a project to help their classmates. We are thankful they invited us to take part.”

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Grant PUD Recognizes Nov. 16 as Utilities United Against Scams Day

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD will join more than 80 other utilities in the United States to observe the inaugural Utilities United Against Scams Day (UUASD) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, to raise awareness about utility scams.

Most utility scams involve criminals posing as electric, gas or water provider employees—either in person or over the phone or internet—and demanding immediate payment via cash or reloadable debit cards, supposedly to prevent service disconnection. These unscrupulous criminals can be very convincing, and often target those who are most vulnerable, including the elderly and non-native English speakers. However, with the right information, customers can learn to avoid and report these predatory scams.

Customers who believe they have been targeted by utility scammers should follow these tips:

  • Hang up the phone or close the door, and call Grant PUD’s direct phone number, (509) 766-2505. After business hours, please call our 24/7 outage line, (800) 216-5226.
  • Do not give the caller or visitor cash, a prepaid card, such as a Green Dot card, a wire transfer, or any other form of payment that may be difficult to trace.
  • Ignore suspicious requests for personal information such as bank account numbers, user names and passwords, credit card numbers, or Social Security numbers.
  • Delete any emails from utilities that are not your service provider.
  • Delete all suspicious emails that require immediate action to verify or demand personal information.
  • Contact your local police through the non-emergency telephone number, or the state attorney general’s office, or contact the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
  • Learn more about Grant PUD’s anti-scam efforts at http://grantpud.org/customer-service/payments-billing/fraud-prevention

UUASD is a collaborative effort among the electric, gas, and water utility industries throughout the country, to help prevent utility service fraud through education, awareness, and customer advocacy initiatives. A primary goal of this collective effort is to help customers learn how to identify and avoid utility-related scams.

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Grant PUD commissioners set budget for 2017

Commission to review price increases early next year

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD Commissioners adopted a $307.3 million budget for 2017 during their meeting on Nov. 8. The budget gives an outline of funding so Grant PUD’s 47,000 customers will continue to be served with affordable and reliable energy.

Along with paying for the daily costs to operate the PUD’s electric and telecommunications system, the budget includes funds for the rehabilitation of generators and turbines at Priest Rapids Dam, which are now almost 60 years old. Funding is also included for upgrades to substations and additional electric system improvements attributed to the needs of our growing county, and new recreation amenities at Crescent Bar to enhance public access.

“Our 2017 budget reflects a commitment to long-term value creation for all customers,” said General Manager Kevin Nordt. “Our customers have been very clear in what they seek – safe, reliable energy at a stable and predictable price. This budget positions us to meet and exceed customer expectations, as well as make meaningful progress toward our vision of excellence.”

The financial forecast calls for an average 2 percent retail price increase. Commissioners will receive recommendations from staff regarding how the increase will be allocated across each customer class early in 2017. Following staff’s recommendation, the board will give the public opportunities for input on proposed price increases before taking action.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):
Chuck Allen (509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Temporary Columbia River closures planned above Vernita Bridge for Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 3 and 4

A portion of the Columbia River above Vernita Bridge will be temporarily closed to boating traffic on Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 3 and 4 while a contractor for Grant PUD performs maintenance to power lines that cross over the river. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office river patrol will be enforcing the closure of about a 400-yard corridor of the river 2.5 miles upstream from the Vernita Bridge.

The closures are expected to last between 30 to 60 minutes at a time, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., while the work is taking place. When the closures are in effect, watercraft operated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office will have their emergency lights on and will be approaching boats before they enter the closed area. For more information, please call Grant PUD Public Affairs at (509) 754-5035.

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Grant PUD and Wanapum to host Archaeology Days on Oct. 5 and 6

Grant PUD and Wanapum to host Archaeology Day on Oct. 5 and 6

In recognition of Archaeology Month, Grant PUD and the Wanapum invite members of the public and media to Archaeology Days 2016 on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 6 at the new Wanapum Heritage Center near Priest Rapids Dam at 29082 Highway 243, Mattawa, Wash.

This year’s event provides a unique opportunity for youth and adults to come face to face with the Wanapum way of life. The Adult Day is Wednesday, Oct. 5 with a series of lectures and displays beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running to 4:15 p.m. The Youth Day is Thursday, Oct. 6 with a welcoming event beginning at 9 a.m. and activities and displays going until the closing event at 2:30 p.m. (See full schedule below.) Lunch is provided both days. Please RSVP by calling (509) 766-3461.

The displays and activities include: hide processing, tule mat weaving, traditional hemp-string formation, beadwork, weaving, flint knapping, Wanapum cultural displays, tule structure experience, Wanapum dugout canoe and much more.

The schedule is as follows:

Adult Day, Wednesday, Oct. 5

8:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Opening

8:45 to 9:30 a.m. – Tom Dresser: Pacific Lamprey and White Sturgeon – Life History, Historical Abundance and Activities in the Priest Rapids Project

9:30 to 10:15 a.m. – Charles Nelson: Natural Flakes

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Break to visit demonstrations and displays

11:15 to noon – Rick McClure: Traditional Land-use Treaty Rights

Noon to 1:15 p.m. – Lunch

1:15 to 2 p.m. – Ripan Malhi: Kennewick Man, Paleogenomics and Community Engagement

2 to 2:45 p.m. – Joe Sexton: Legal Analysis of the Ancient One Case

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. – Lourdes Henebry-DeLeon: Cultural Affiliation for the Ancient One

3:30 to 3:45 p.m. – Break to visit demonstrations and displays

3:45 to 4:15 p.m. – Kate Valdez: Summary/Wrap Up of the Past Twenty Years Regarding the Ancient One

4:15 to 4:30 p.m. – Closing

Youth Day, Thursday, Oct. 6

9 to 9:30 a.m. – Welcome

9:30 to noon – Rotate through activities, including Canoe Display, Skits, Tamanwit, Kennewick Man, Flint Knapping, Hide Processing, Activity Booths, Tule Mat Making, River Patrol, Solar Car Races, Demonstrations, Birds of Prey, Atlatl and Lineman Demonstration.

Noon to 12:45 p.m. – Lunch

12:45 to 2:30 p.m. – Rotate through activities, including Canoe Display, Skits, Tamanwit, Kennewick Man, Flint Knapping, Hide Processing, Activity Booths, Tule Mat Making, River Patrol, Solar Car Races, Demonstrations, Birds of Prey, Atlatl and Lineman Demonstration.

2:30 p.m. – Closing  

Click here for more information about the Wanapum Heritage Center.

 

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Thomas Stredwick / Chuck Allen

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Learn about Public Power in Grant County during Oct. 3 presentation

Grant PUD will be celebrating Public Power Week with a presentation for the public about the formation of Grant PUD on Monday, Oct. 3, in the Grant PUD Commission Room at 30 C St. SW in Ephrata at 6 p.m.

The presentation, given by Thomas Stredwick and Chuck Allen, of Grant PUD Public Affairs, highlights the pioneers in Grant County who had the vision to dream big dreams, including large-scale hydroelectric power projects to serve the region and creating a county-wide Public Power utility service.

“Everyone in Grant County has been affected by the vision and actions of these early pioneers,” stated Allen. “Their legacy is the benefit we receive in having some of the most affordable and reliable power in the nation. We look forward to sharing the story of Grant PUD with our customers.”

For more information on the presentation, call Grant PUD Public Affairs at (509) 754-5035 or publicaffairs@gcpud.org.

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Grant PUD to hold open house at Crescent Bar on Sept. 9

Grant PUD to hold open house at Crescent Bar on Sept. 9

Crescent Bar’s past, present and future will be celebrated during a special public open house on Friday, Sept. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Crescent Bar Island on the grassy park area east of the store.

Everyone is invited to attend the event held by Grant PUD to showcase the upcoming plans for the development of renovated recreation amenities in the Crescent Bar Recreation Area.

“We wanted to hold the event on the same weekend as Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day in Quincy because Crescent Bar is such a vital part of the Quincy Valley,” stated Grant PUD spokesperson Chuck Allen. “This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in Crescent Bar and recreation opportunities on the Columbia River to attend and learn more about the history of Crescent Bar and our exciting plans to improve the area.”

Part of the open house will include photos and graphics highlighting the history and activities that have shaped the Crescent Bar area, as well as conceptual drawings and graphics illustrating Grant PUD’s plans for upcoming public recreation improvements at Crescent Bar.

The PUD’s recreation development plans include:

  • Public RV campsites
  • Improved vehicle and trailer parking
  • Full restroom and shower facilities
  • Trail system
  • Improved multi-purpose park area with picnic plaza, playground, and swim beach
  • New commercial spaces
  • Boat moorage
  • Renovated boat launches

Grant PUD staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the upcoming improvement projects. For information, e-mail lands@grantpud.org.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Thomas Stredwick / Chuck Allen

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

 

 

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Grant PUD’s dam tour video recognized with National Hydro Association award

The National Hydro Association recently presented its Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award to Grant PUD for its video tour of Wanapum Dam.

The NHA stated that Grant PUD received the award for its educational value.

“Grant County PUD crafted an innovative and concise video to educate the public on the value of hydropower,” stated the NHA in a news release. “A capstone of its new fish and hydro interpretive center, the video distills hydropower’s technical language into a 3D virtual tour of how Wanapum Dam meets the renewable energy needs of millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

Grant PUD employees Vanessa Seldal, Chuck Allen, Thomas Stredwick and Stuart Hammond were recognized during the Grant PUD Board of Commissioners meeting on June 14 for their parts in creating the video, which is shown at the Grant PUD Visitor Center near Wanapum Dam.

The center is open daily in the summer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://grantpud.org/recreation/educational/grant-pud-visitor-center.

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Fifth-grade students learn at Solar Car Races & Energy Fair

Fifth-grade students from schools in Moses Lake, Ephrata, Quincy, Coulee City and Warden learned about renewable energy as they participated with in the annual Solar Car Races & Energy Fair held on May 25 and 26 at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.

Students prepared for the races by constructing their own solar-powered vehicle with kits provided by REC Silicon and Grant PUD in class before attending the event. They brought their cars to race on specially-designed tracks against their classmates. Along with the races, the students also visited a variety of stations where they learned about renewable energy in the region. Grant PUD gave a presentation about hydropower and taught the students about windpower and REC Silicon Inc., demonstrated how it creates silicon for solar panels at its Moses Lake plant. There were also other hands-on stations that gave the students an opportunity to learn how humans harness and use renewable energy. The students’ instructors used the event as a supplement to their science and math curriculum.

The Solar Car Races & Energy Fair is a collaborative effort put on by Grant PUD, REC Silicon, Moses Lake School District and Big Bend Community College.

To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.

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Hydropower STEM Career Academy in June at Rocky Reach Dam

Students who will be entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to register for a week of fun and learning June 20 to 24 at the FWEE Hydropower and STEM Career Academy at Rocky Reach Dam.

The academy, which is sponsored by the Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) and host partner Chelan County PUD, focuses on hydropower careers that require science, technology, engineering and mathematic skills (STEM).

“Nationally, one-third of utility employees will retire in the next 10 years,” said Debbie Gallaher, Rocky Reach Visitor Center Supervisor, “We’d like to show local students the high quality, good paying jobs that could be part of their future.”

Those attending the academy will learn how hydropower is generated at dams on the Columbia River and distributed throughout the region. During the academy, hydropower professionals, including engineers, divers, plant mechanics, operators and linemen, will conduct tours and hands-on activities to highlight the importance of their work. Students will also receive instruction and advice on how to prepare for a career in the exciting field of power generation and delivery.

These important and well-paying STEM careers are available throughout the region.  High school counselors, college advisors and mentors will be on hand to identify the prerequisites and academic achievement needed to pursue these and related careers.

The academy is open to students from a four-county area: Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan, who are entering grades 9 through 12 (space permitting).  Registration for the five-day event is $175 per student with some scholarships available. For those traveling more than one hour, a host family option is being made available.

For more information and the application, go to www.fwee.org.  Applications need to be postmarked no later than May 3, 2016.

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March 3, 2016 Grant County PUD and Sheriff urge locals to report suspicious activity

Grant County PUD and Sheriff urge locals to report suspicious activity

Grant PUD and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office remind residents to report suspicious activity related to electric system facilities immediately

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD’s main objective is to keep the lights on. In order to accomplish this goal, we partner with local law enforcement to secure and protect our physical electric system assets like substations, transformers, as well as hydroelectric facilities. Grant PUD maintains over 4,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines, 53 substations and nearly 60,000 transmission and distribution structures. To protect assets like these and ensure the availability of reliable energy, we need our customers and the public to help us by reporting suspicious activity they observe and staying alert to potential threats to our electric system.

“We have an incredible investment in our local electric system in this county and we all benefit by protecting it. Reporting metal theft or potential suspicious activity allows the PUD to protect critical infrastructure,” said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones.

What to look for: Anyone other than Grant PUD employees who may be recording, monitoring, taking notes, or using cameras or binoculars with long-range lenses near electric system facilities, and/or unmarked vehicles parked near these facilities.

What to report:

  • Brief description of the activity
  • Date, Time and location
  • Physical identifiers you observed
  • Description of vehicles and license plate number
  • Information about direction traveled by individuals engaged in suspicious activity.

 

To report a non-emergency call MACC Dispatch at: (509) 762-1160. If you are reporting a crime in progress dial 9-1-1.

 

 

GRANT PUD MEDIA CONTACT:
Grant PUD Public Affairs
(509) 754-5035- / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

 

 

GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MEDIA CONTACT:

Kyle Foreman
Public Information Officer
(509) 754-2011 Ext. 468 / kforeman@co.grant.wa.us

 

 

 

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02/09/16 Grant PUD Commissioners welcome Nordt as new general manager

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD Commissioners announced the appointment of former Chief Financial Officer Kevin Nordt as the new general manager effective June 3, 2016 during their normal business meeting today. Nordt joined Grant PUD in 2004 and brings more than 25 years of experience to the position.

The appointment by Commissioners follows a succession plan submitted by former General Manager Tony Webb in January. Webb will continue with the utility in a senior leadership capacity and assist with the transition over the coming months.

“The utility is in a strong position today and, with Kevin in the GM role, we are going to grow even stronger,” said Commission President Tom Flint. “Our current position reinforces that the timing is right for the utility to transition to a new leader. We have accomplished incredible things in the past few years under Tony’s outstanding leadership and I am confident that Kevin will continue to build on that momentum.”

“This is a definite change in positions but not a change in direction of the utility,” shared Nordt. “Tony and I have been in sync with the direction the utility needs to head all along. We have accomplished great things over these past few years in spite of incredible odds. I respect the direction Tony has taken the utility and am grateful to have him on the Grant PUD team.”

Prior to his appointment as general manager, Nordt served as the CFO, and was the director of power management at Grant PUD.  He has a bachelor of science degree in mathematical physics from St. John’s University, a master of science degree in nuclear engineering and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin and additional graduate work in computational finance at Oregon Graduate Institute. Prior to working at Grant PUD he worked with regional utilities including Portland General Electric and Energy Northwest.

 

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Thomas Stredwick / Chuck Allen
(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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No ifs, ands or nuts – squirrels are a growing cause of Grant PUD outages

By Laine Barth, Grant PUD intern

That cute, little squirrel running around the neighborhood might seem harmless, but increasingly these invasive animals are the cause of two mayor annoyances in Grant County, power and fiber-optic outages.

Squirrels love to gnaw through the insulation on power lines, climb power poles

and burrow into substations. Sometimes when this happens, they unfortunately, complete an electrical circuit or chew through a fiber-optic strand and leave many without power or Internet service. Each month, squirrels cause about five power outages and even more fiber connection outages to customers in Grant County, said Chris Heimbigner Grant PUD Line Crew Superintendent.

“Each time there is an outage, it is very expensive to the operation of the utility” says Grant PUD Fiber Specialist, Russ Brethower. “Anything we can do to prevent squirrel-related outages is good for everyone.”

Squirrels can jump up to 10 feet from one object to the next and will chew through wire insulation, wood and fiberglass siding and damage anything from power lines, to wires for fiber, telephone, cable and satellite television. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent squirrels from making a home on our properties.

By trimming trees and tall shrubs, squirrels will have a harder time getting onto power lines and wires. Sealing garbage cans, letting the family dog spend some time outside and not leaving any domestic pet food out at night will all help in preventing a squirrel’s attraction to your home. If you have a birdfeeder, make sure it’s a squirrel-proof feeder or add a squirrel collar to your current feeder and keep it at the edge of your property.

Some other tips include inspecting your home for entry holes and sealing them with steel mesh, which the squirrel cannot chew through. Putting “Sniff-n-Stop” deterrent on external wires is another effective option that will not harm the squirrel but will keep them away from wires.

Squirrels are considered cute and lovable, so it may be tempting to invite them onto your property, but it’s important to remember that this invasive species is crowding out native wildlife and can cause thousands of dollars in damage to power and fiber equipment on your property, as well as structural harm. It would be nuts to keep them hanging around.

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Grant PUD announces potential leadership changes

January 12, 2016

 Grant PUD announces potential leadership changes

General manager outlines transition plan for new leader

EPHRATA, Wash.— On January 12, Tony Webb announced a succession plan to Grant PUD commissioners which outlines his transition out of the General Manager role.

Per the proposed plan, Webb recommended that current Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Nordt assume the General Manager position effective June 2016. The succession plan fulfills a longstanding request by the board to ensure a seamless transition in anticipation of Webb’s eventual retirement from the utility. After Nordt assumes the position of general manager, Webb will continue to serve in a senior leadership capacity.

Tony Webb was appointed as General Manager in 2013 after serving in various leadership roles within the utility since 1990.

“I want to make sure that I leave this place in good hands,” said Webb. “The board has always wanted assurance that there would be strong leadership in place when I leave and I believe Kevin has the experience and abilities necessary to lead. I think this is an example of proactive succession planning which is critical to maintaining the continuity of operations here at Grant PUD.”

A resolution regarding the proposed succession plan will be reviewed by commissioners at their January 26 meeting before any formal action can be taken.

Kevin Nordt has over two decades of experience in the Northwest energy industry and has held various leadership roles within Grant PUD since his arrival to the utility in 2004.

 

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Thomas Stredwick/ Chuck Allen

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

 

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Grant PUD wireless network expands to two locations

Network service now available to more than 400 customers

EPHRATA, Wash.— Customers in the McConihe Flats area northwest of Moses Lake near Highway 17 and near Priest Rapids Dam can now subscribe to Grant PUD’s High Speed Wireless Network.

Customers in both locations have asked the PUD for the High Speed Network wireless service. Their request has been fulfilled with the installation of network hubs that are now capable of providing fast, reliable Internet service to their homes and businesses. The McConihe Flats hub can reach 376 potential subscribers and the Priest Rapids hub about 30. They are the sixth and seventh locations to be served by Grant PUD’s wireless network, joining Quincy, Ephrata and Blue Lake, the Larson area of Moses Lake and another location southeast of Moses Lake. This technology provides reliable, continuous network service of at least 7 megabits per second.

Customers can subscribe to the service by contacting one of the nine wireless Internet service providers listed at grantpud.org and asking to be connected to Grant PUD’s wireless network.

Grant PUD is building out wireless service to fulfill the demands of customers in rural locations who have asked for the rapid deployment of a reliable and fast network. The utility is conducting a survey of customers in rural areas of the county to prioritize where it will deploy new locations for the wireless service.

For more information on Grant PUD’s wireless network and a list of participating Internet service providers, visit http://grantpud.org/customer-service/high-speed-network.

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Commissioner Larry Schaapman recognized as WPUDA Good Samaritan

For action preventing spread of July 5 wildfire

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD Commissioner Larry Schaapman, of Quincy, was presented on Dec. 3 the Washington PUD Association’s Good Samaritan Award for his actions in helping to prevent the spread of a wildfire threatening his neighbors this past summer.

In the early hours of July 5, Schaapman, who is farmer in the Quincy Valley, saw that a fast-moving wildfire, whipped by strong winds, was threatening homes and property of his neighbors. Schaapman quickly hooked up a disc implement to one of his tractors parked near his home and began plowing a fire break to help successfully contain the flames. His quick thinking and determination was credited by firefighters for helping to protect the lives and property of his neighbors.

Schaapman’s award was presented to him during WPUDA’s annual meeting in SeaTac on Dec. 3. The Good Samaritan Award is given annually to PUD officials and employees who demonstrate meritorious action in a life-threatening situation.

Schaapman has served as the commissioner for Grant PUD District No. 3 since 2012. His district includes the communities of Quincy, George, Royal City and Mattawa, as well as their outlying areas.

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Grant PUD commissioners set budget and electric prices for 2016

Average residential bill to increase $1.50 a month

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD Commissioners have adopted a $257.5 million budget and also set electric prices for all customer groups in 2016.

The 2016 budget, adopted on Nov. 10, allows Grant PUD customers to continue enjoying some of the most affordable energy in the nation. The budget has $7.5 million less in expenditures than the prior year.

The budget calls for a 2 percent revenue increase from local (retail) customers. The chart below, which was adopted by the commission on Nov. 24, outlines the increase for each type of customer. The allocations take into consideration the utility’s cost of serving each customer group. The average residential household is expected to see about $1.50 per month more on their electric bill (assuming 1,800 kWh).

The 2 percent revenue increase continues the utility’s strategy of small, predictable increases, which began in 2014. This long-term strategy has helped the utility keep up with rising costs and maintain financial targets while also avoiding larger price increases. A recent survey of Grant PUD customers showed that most favor seeing small, predictable increases with low percentages phased in over a number of years.

“We have a budget that allows us to provide excellent service to our customers while also fulfilling our obligations to present and future generations,” said General Manager Tony Webb. “We have challenged staff to continue to find ways to increase value while holding the line on expenses. This budget achieves both of those goals.”

Significant items in the budget include:

  • Generator replacements at Wanapum Dam
  • Turbine and Generator replacement work beginning at Priest Rapids Dam
  • Recreation improvement projects
  • On-going electric-system reliability improvements
  • Work to enhance fish passage on the Columbia River

The adopted price increases for each customer class are as follows:

 

Residential (Rate schedule 1) 1.6%
General Service (Rate Schedule 2) 3.5%
Irrigation (Rate Schedule 3) 3.3%
Streetlights (Rate Schedule 6) 0.5%
Large General (Rate Schedule 7) 1.8%
Industrial (Rate Schedule 14) 4.9%
Large Industrial (Rate Schedule 15) 0.5%
Ag Food Processing (Rate Schedule 16) 4.3%
Ag Food Processing Boiler (Rate Schedule 85) 5.0%

 

For more information visit: grantpud.org.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Thomas Stredwick or Chuck Allen

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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New Grant PUD visitor center to open Dec. 1

Grand opening for facility, located near Wanapum Dam, is Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.

BEVERLY, Wash. — The grand opening for The Power of the Columbia River, Grant PUD’s new visitor center is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the center will be open to the public with new displays that highlight the balancing act between hydropower, fish passage, recreation, and natural resource management.

Located adjacent to Wanapum Dam, about seven miles south of the Vantage Bridge, The Power of the Columbia River provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to experience firsthand how Grant PUD operates its dams on the Columbia.

There are many interactive exhibits within the 2,000 square foot facility that allow visitors to travel through time as they see how the Columbia River shaped Grant County. A theater features several videos that describe how the Columbia Basin was formed and how Wanapum Dam works. Visitors will also generate their own electricity, learn about fish in the river, as well as where to enjoy recreation along the Columbia River.

“We want this to be a center where schools, families and members of the community can visit and use as an educational resource,” said Grant PUD Commission President Dale Walker.

The visitor center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday in October through April and open daily (including Saturday, Sunday and holidays) in May through September. The Power of the Columbia River is located south of Interstate 90 on Highway 243. Once on Highway 243, head south and follow the highway for approximately 4 miles and then turn onto Wanapum Dam Road. Admission is free. The center is a component of Grant PUD’s federal license requirements to provide educational opportunities and access to customers.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Chuck Allen

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

Thomas Stredwick

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Three PUD employees remain at Harborview Medical Center

October 12, 2015

Three PUD employees remain at Harborview Medical Center

EPHRATA, Wash. —   Three employees remain at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following last week’s accident at Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Dam which hospitalized six power-plant electricians and operators.

Over the past weekend, two employees were discharged, one remains in satisfactory condition, one remains in critical condition, and one has improved to serious condition.

“I can think of nothing worse than one of our employees not returning home to see their family at the end of a workday. We continue to rally around these employees and their families to provide whatever support we can,” said Grant PUD General Manager Tony Webb.

A support fund has been established at Granco Federal Credit Union in Ephrata, Washington for the injured employees and their families. Those interested in making a contribution can do so by sending a donation to Granco Credit Union at: PO Box 127 Ephrata, WA 98823 or in person at their Ephrata location: 217 Alder St. SW Ephrata WA 98823. All donations should be earmarked “Priest Rapids Family Fund.”

Inspectors from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries were on site last week to begin what will likely be weeks of investigation into the cause of an electrical equipment failure in the Priest Rapids Dam power plant. The equipment failure was isolated to one of ten generating units at the dam. The main circuit breaker, which acts as an on-off switch for the generating unit, malfunctioned, causing the employees to be injured. The generating unit will not operate again until the investigation is finished.

The dam is stable and remains in operating condition. There are no associated public safety issues or downstream flooding impacts. The results of the investigation will be provided to commissioners upon completion.

Additional informational updates related to this incident will be provided during Grant PUD public meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

 

HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER MEDIA CONTACT:

Susan Gregg

(206) 616-6730

GRANT PUD MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Chuck Allen

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

Thomas Stredwick

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Support Fund Established at Granco Credit Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 9, 2015

Support Fund Established at Granco Credit Union

EPHRATA, Wash. —   A support fund has been established at Granco in Ephrata, Washington for injured employees and their families resulting from recent events at Priest Rapids Dam. All needs are being covered by Grant PUD including: lodging, transportation, meals, etc. This support fund will be made available to injured employees and their family members for any remaining assistance beyond what the PUD is providing.

 

Those interested in making a contribution can do so by sending a donation to Granco Credit Union at: PO Box 127 Ephrata, Washington 98823 or in person at their Ephrata location: 217 Alder St. SW Ephrata Washington 98823. All donations should be earmarked “Priest Rapids Family Fund”.

 

The outpouring of support from throughout the region during this challenging time is appreciated and felt by all those within the Grant PUD family.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER MEDIA CONTACT:

Susan Gregg

(206) 616-6730

GRANT PUD MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Chuck Allen

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

Thomas Stredwick

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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Update on Priest Rapids Dam Electrical Equipment Failure

EPHRATA, Wash. —   On Thursday Oct. 8, an electrical equipment failure was reported in the powerhouse at Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Dam. As a result of the equipment failure, six employees sustained various levels of injury. As of 8 a.m. Oct. 9, one of the six injured has been released from the hospital and the remaining five are at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle being treated for burns. Two of the five are in critical condition and the remaining three are in satisfactory condition. Updates on their medical status will be provided by Harborview Medical Center.

The employees are power plant electricians and operators. In order to protect the privacy of employees and their families, we will not release their names, age, gender or other personal details.

“This is a difficult day for everyone here at Grant PUD. We are all concerned for our co-workers who were injured yesterday and are doing everything we can to show them our support in this difficult time. Our primary focus will continue to be taking care of our people,” said CFO and Acting General Manager Kevin Nordt.

The electrical equipment failure was isolated to one of the ten generating units at the dam. The dam remains in stable, operating condition. There are no associated public safety issues or downstream flooding impacts.

Investigators from Labor and Industries will be on site today to perform a thorough evaluation of events leading up to and causing the incident. Results of the investigation will likely take weeks.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER MEDIA CONTACTS:

Susan Gregg
(206) 616-6730

GRANT PUD MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Chuck Allen
(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

Thomas Stredwick
(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

 

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Employees injured during explosion at Priest Rapids Dam

October 8, 2015

EPHRATA, Wash. —  (Updated with new information at 7:00 p.m.) At approximately 4:15 p.m. today an explosion was reported at Priest Rapids Dam along the Columbia River. At this point there are six confirmed employees with various levels of injury that have been taken to regional medical facilities via airlift or ground ambulance. All six employee families have been notified. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The cause of the explosion is attributed to electrical equipment and the hydroelectric facility remains stable. There are no imminent public safety or downstream flooding risks associated with this incident.  Additional informational updates will be made available tomorrow when new details are known.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Chuck Allen

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

Thomas Stredwick

(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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