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April 10: Commission Meeting Recap

DURING TUESDAY’S MEETING COMMISSIONERS -Unanimously approved a $2.8 million increase to the contract with Voith Hydro Inc. and an extension of 15 days, bringing the total revised contract maximum to $14.3 million. Voith is a contractor on an approximately 10-year … Continue reading

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Priest Rapids reservoir lowered for spillway inspection

Grant PUD officials declare a non-failure emergency Out of an abundance of caution, Grant PUD officials have declared a non-failure emergency at Priest Rapids Dam, after inspection drilling revealed leaking in spillway monoliths. Grant PUD will reduce reservoir elevation behind … Continue reading

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Grant PUD Commissioners set rates for 2018

New rate will increase average monthly residential power bill by $1.49 EPHRATA — Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday approved the next of a proposed series of small, annual electric-rate increases that will generate an estimated 2-percent more revenue over 12 months. … Continue reading

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Major construction enters its final stage at Crescent Bar Recreation Site

Visitors will have access to the on-island boat launch by Memorial Day weekend  EPHRATA, Wash. – Crescent Bar Island has been bustling with construction activity for the past several months all in an effort to finish three final large projects … Continue reading

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Meeting recap: Commissioners cautious of carbon-tax proposal

Commission meeting recap Feb. 13, 2018 Even in light of the shorter 60-day legislative session, it has proven to be a busy and jam-packed scene in Olympia. Wednesday (Feb. 14) is the cut-off day for a proposed bill to make … Continue reading

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Progressive Design Build: When speed is the need

Extraordinary load growth demanded a faster way to build. Grant County PUD found one. By Russ Seiler and Mark Milacek, Grant County PUD EPHRATA, WA — Pushed by a decade of extraordinary industrial load growth, Grant County Public Utility District … Continue reading

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Recap of Grant PUD commission meeting, 01/23/2018

Commissioners study 2-percent increase in annual rate revenue (1:30:00) and (3:37:15) Grant PUD commissioners got a look Tuesday at a proposed slate of rate increases across most Grant PUD customer types that would generate an estimated 2 percent more in … Continue reading

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Customers with high bill concerns are asked to contact Grant PUD

Utility’s customer service has plan to help customers with estimated billing EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD is asking customers concerned with high bills this winter to contact its customer service department by emailing customerservice@grantpud.org or calling (509) 766-2505. Many of … Continue reading

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Wanapum Heritage Center Presents Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

Traveling Exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian features the contributions of Native Veterans  MATTAWA, Wash. – Native Americans have served in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle … Continue reading

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Public Meeting on Future Grant PUD Rates is Jan. 23

Meeting 2 p.m. at Ephrata Headquarters building EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD will hold a public meeting as part of its annual review of electrical rates on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Commission Room at the PUD’s … Continue reading

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Recap of the Jan. 9 commission meeting

Grant PUD to hire manager for fiber network Grant PUD Commissioners learned at their first board meeting of the year Tuesday of plans in the works to hire a manager to oversee operation, enhancement and expansion of Grant PUD’s soon-High Speed Network. General Manger … Continue reading

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Grant PUD’s $77 million refinance hits budget goal, improves customer fairness

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD has refinanced $77 million in outstanding debt to reduce finance costs, help hold a planned 2018 rate-revenue increase to 2 percent, and more equitably align debt burden to the life of the assets it finances … Continue reading

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Grant PUD signs one-year ‘wheeling-charge’ agreement for Basin irrigators

Grant PUD entered into a new one-year agreement Dec. 8 with the Federal Bureau of Reclamation to transport over Grant PUD power lines electricity generated at federal dams for the local irrigation districts who use federally supplied water and power. … Continue reading

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Recap of the Dec. 12 commission meeting

Satisfaction of residential customers at a five-year high Commissioners learned Tuesday — their final commission meeting of 2017 — that 90 percent of residential customers who responded to an October phone survey reported they were satisfied or very satisfied with … Continue reading

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Grant PUD commissioners set budget for 2018

Budget advances financial targets, ensures stability for customers EPHRATA, Wash. –Grant PUD commissioners unanimously adopted a $274.3 million budget for 2018 that reflects a $33 million decrease in net expenditures from 2017. The budget anticipates a positive bottom line of … Continue reading

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‘Experience Speed’ video earns national award

By Christine Pratt Grant PUD Public Affairs Born to be wi-ii-ii-ii-ld… about Grant PUD’s High-Speed Network. Thanks to this tough bunch of bikers — all PUD employees, including Leroy Boyd, Mason Utter, Randy Weisheit, Ken Holsten, David Cranson and Raymond … Continue reading

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Approval appears close for fiber expansion, new wholesale fiber rates

Commissioners Tuesday appeared ready for a Dec. 12 vote on both their own directive to add $7 million to the 2018 budget to expand the fiber network and a staff proposal that would increase the wholesale fees the internet service … Continue reading

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Recap of the Nov. 14 commission meeting

Commissioners back continued funding for fiber build out After months of study and deliberations, receiving feedback from customers and recommendations from staff, Grant PUD’s board of commissioners came to a preliminary consensus on how to fund fiber expansion for 2018. Chief … Continue reading

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Mattawa students get a close-up look at spawning

MATTAWA — A smattering of small, bright-orange orbs lay on the dark asphalt of the Priest Rapids Hatchery spawning area like pearls suddenly set free from a broken necklace. They attracted fifth graders like a magnet. “What is that?” Asked one … Continue reading

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Past, present merge at Archaeology Days

MATTAWA — Don’t try to stare down a great-horned owl. They’re experts. Hundreds of grade school kids from all over Eastern Washington discovered that Oct. 25 when they came face-to-face with Bert, who perched calmly on the leather glove of … Continue reading

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High bills giving you the chills? Grant PUD has some tips for the season.

As winter draws near these tips will help to ease the strain on your bill EPHRATA, Wash. – Ready or not winter is coming. Even though we can’t control what the weather will bring, there are steps you can take … Continue reading

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Commission meeting recap – Oct. 24, 2017

Load Growth With the help of Grant PUD’s affordable rates and trusted reliability, the county continues to be an attractive location for business of all types. Recent expansion over a 10-year period ending in 2015, saw Grant PUD’s load grow … Continue reading

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Grant PUD and Wanapum to host archaeology days

One day will be dedicated to youth and a second day will be tailored for adults. EPHRATA, Wash. – In recognition of Archaeology Month, Grant PUD and the Wanapum invite members of the public and media to Archaeology Days 2017. … Continue reading

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Budget hearing and commission meeting recap – Oct. 12, 2017

Fiber build-out supporters flock to 2018 budget hearing The first of three public hearings on the PUD’s proposed 2018 budget drew a crowd to commissioners’ Ephrata board room Tuesday to speak out in favor of continued build-out of the fiber-optic … Continue reading

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Public Power Week – Op-Ed

Grant Public Utility District (PUD) will be celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 1-7. Public Power Week is an annual celebration throughout the nation recognizing the contribution not-for-profit electric utilities make to customers.  Grant PUD started in 1938 with a vision … Continue reading

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The City of Grand Coulee to accept Grant PUD payments for local customers.

Grant PUD’s Grand Coulee office to temporarily reduce business hours. EPHRATA, Wash. – Beginning in September and lasting through November, Grant PUD’s local Grand Coulee Office will only open on Wednesdays. The office will be open during its normal business … Continue reading

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Keep your cool this summer with these energy saving tips

Use less energy and lower monthly bills with these simple suggestions. EPHRATA, Wash. – With the heat of the summer settling into the region, making smart energy-use choices can help save energy and keep bills low. The following tips from … Continue reading

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Learn at local libraries how Grant PUD delivers power to its customers

Grant PUD will participate in North Central Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program  EPHRATA, Wash. – This July, be sure to visit your local library to learn the cool true story about how power companies like Grant PUD use the naturally-occurring … Continue reading

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Grant PUD reduces costs for voluntary purchase of alternative energy resources

Commissioners lower cost for customers wanting to purchase qualified energy attributes  EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD commissioners voted Tuesday, June 27 to lower the price for customers wanting to buy qualified renewable energy resource attributes on top of their regular … Continue reading

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New transmission line enhances electric system reliability for customers

Construction slated to finish by the end of the year and begin delivering energy by 2018. EPHRATA, Wash. – Throughout the upcoming weeks, travelers on State Route 17 (SR 17) between Moses Lake and Ephrata will see crews working on … Continue reading

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