Category Archives: Public Power

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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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Commissioners take steps toward improving public access to recreation areas

New standards and guidelines steer process for implementing change EPHRATA, Wash. – Following months of discussions and planning, Grant PUD Commissioners approved a resolution which establishes a framework for enhancing public access and use of Grant PUD properties along the … Continue reading

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Grant PUD Commissioners welcome Webb as new general manager

Commissioners announced the appointment of Tony Webb as the new general manager effective Monday, Feb. 11 during their normal business meeting today. Webb brings more than 25 years of experience to the position. In accordance with state RCW, the board … Continue reading

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Play it smart with electricity: When the power goes out, don’t let generators come in

A portable generator can be a quick solution to an unexpected power outage; however each winter people are unknowingly poisoned by Carbon Monoxide (CO) when generators are not used correctly. CO poisoning due to improper generator use commonly occurs after … Continue reading

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Grant PUD mourns loss of Commissioner Randy Allred

Grant PUD staff joins the family of Commissioner Randy Allred in mourning the loss of a longtime public servant after receiving notification that Commissioner Allred had passed away last Friday morning. His passing comes after learning months ago that his … Continue reading

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Grant County PUD and Sheriff urge locals to recognize and report metal theft

November 2, 2012  EPHRATA, Wash. – Customers in northern Grant County experienced a power outage this past weekend due to what appears to be metal theft from electrical equipment. Grant PUD and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department remind residents that … Continue reading

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Grant PUD 2013 Budget Hearing Update

10/31/2012 Our connection to the communities we serve separates public power from private interests. This was demonstrated once again this year when we provided customers an opportunity to offer feedback on our proposed 2013 budget at three separate hearings. We … Continue reading

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Grant PUD & Wanapum to host Archaeology Days Oct. 10-11

Smithsonian Institution provides keynote regarding Kennewick Man Who: Grant PUD and the Wanapum Heritage Center. What: In recognition of archaeology month, Grant PUD and the Wanapum Heritage Center invite members of the public and press to Archaeology Days 2012. This year’s event … Continue reading

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Grant PUD photo contest winner: 14-year-old from Soap Lake

August 7, 2012  EPHRATA, Wash. – Shawnee Moats, 14, of Soap Lake, Wash. is the ultimate Columbia River Nomad based on the results of a recent Grant PUD Facebook photo contest. Her image of the Columbia River Basin from the … Continue reading

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Grant PUD Commissioners seek applicants for vacant board position

EPHRATA, Wash. – Following the advance notice of Grant PUD Commissioner Randy Allred’s resignation in November, the board is taking steps to appoint a commissioner until a replacement is chosen in the November 2014 election. The vacant position on the … Continue reading

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Grant PUD Commissioner Allred announces resignation

July 25, 2012  EPHRATA, Wash. – Citing ongoing health concerns Grant PUD Commissioner Randy Allred provided notice of his resignation in a statement given to the board at Monday’s commission meeting. Allred’s resignation is effective Nov. 1. His current term … Continue reading

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Are you a River Nomad?

EPHRATA, Wash. – Summer recreation season is heating up and Grant PUD wants to cool things off with the first annual River Nomad Photo Contest. The contest extends from July 1-31, and allows Columbia River recreators to submit their images … Continue reading

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Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?

  They may wear Velcro shoes and Spiderman underwear but they are informed. They can explain the difference between a conductor and an insulator. They recognize that energy can change from one form to another. Who are these young energy … Continue reading

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Don’t be shocked by these practical pointers for your home

May is Electrical Safety Month and Grant PUD is dedicated to promoting a healthy respect for electricity and increasing awareness about potential electrical hazards. With new technology emerging each day, electricity has an ever-increasing presence in our lives. As reliance … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween!

Remember to be safe as you celebrate Halloween! Here are a few electrical safety tips: Inspect all decorations for cracked, frayed or bare wires and loose connections. Only use plastic hangers or tape on extension cords or lighting as nails, tacks and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Public Power and Our Retirees

October 2-8 Grant PUD joins nearly 2,000 electric utilities across the United States in celebrating public power and recognizing the contributions of our employees – past and present – for their work to keep our communities “plugged-in” 24-7. On Monday, … Continue reading

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Energy Summit Tonight!

Tomorrow, October 11 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ATEC Building: BBCC campus 7611 Bolling St. NE, Moses Lake, WA  98837 View Larger Map Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest Featuring: Dr Bill Bonaudi, President; Big Bend Community College Tim Culbertson, … Continue reading

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2011 Energy Summit: Renewable Energy in the PNW

Tuesday, October 11 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ATEC Building: BBCC campus 7611 Bolling St. NE, Moses Lake, WA  98837 View Larger Map Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest Please join us for Grant PUD’s annual Energy Summit and engage … Continue reading

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Public Power is Your Power

But what does that mean? If you are a life-long resident of Grant County, you have never experienced anything besides public power, but there are many people in the United States who receive their electricity service from private, investor-owned companies. … Continue reading

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