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Local libraries to host Grant PUD as part of their summer reading program

Grant PUD to present “It’s not magic, it’s water” throughout the summer EPHRATA — Grant PUD will participate in the North Central Regional Library’s summer reading program as they share an interactive presentation about how the naturally-occurring water cycle allows … Continue reading

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Grant PUD fiber-optic network expansion moves ahead in 2018

Additional 1,400 residents and businesses to get access in Moses Lake and George EPHRATA, Wash. – Approximately 1,400 Grant County residents and businesses are a step closer to receiving fiber optic internet service this year. Grant PUD staff announced fiber … Continue reading

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Microsoft helps bring high-speed internet to George

Funding will help bring additional connectivity to customers and businesses through fiber service EPHRATA, Wash. – Microsoft will contribute $200,000 for the buildout of Grant PUD’s wholesale fiber-optic network in the George area, Grant PUD commissioners learned Tuesday. Since 2006, … 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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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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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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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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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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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. Grant PUD operates 19 recreation sites … 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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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … 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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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. … Continue reading

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New Wanapum Heritage Center to open on Oct. 15

Grand opening for facility, located near Priest Rapids Dam, is Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.  MATTAWA, Wash.— The grand opening for the new Wanapum Heritage Center, located near Priest Rapids Dam, is Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. Following a … Continue reading

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Grant PUD wireless network expands southeast of Moses Lake

Grant PUD wireless network expands southeast of Moses Lake Expansion will serve more than 350 customers EPHRATA, Wash.— More than 350 customers in a three-mile radius southeast of Moses Lake near I-90 and Highway 17 can now subscribe to Grant … Continue reading

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I got caught…wearing my life jacket

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD is working to promote child safety on the Columbia River this recreational season. In an attempt to prevent accidents on the water, Grant PUD is providing Grant and Kittitas County marine patrols with “I Got Caught … Continue reading

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Grant PUD to conduct wireless network survey

Utility sending mail survey to 10,000 potential wireless subscribers EPHRATA, Wash. — Grant PUD will begin conducting a survey of potential wireless network customers in Grant County this month. Those who receive the survey, which is being mailed to about … Continue reading

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