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Grant PUD holiday video greeting 2019

Let's send ourselves a video Christmas card, containing 20-second video clips from as many groups/departments at Grant PUD who wish to participate. In Public Affairs, we'll stitch all the clips together, maybe add a little music and send everyone a link to the final product. Click on the photo, above, to view the clip from the External Affairs grou...
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Commission recap 11-26-2019: Grant PUD to launch $58 million electric system upgrade in 2020

The Grant PUD electric system from Royal City north to Quincy and Ephrata will become more resilient to power outages and gain capacity for new customers following a 2-year, approximately $58 million package of upgrades slated to begin construction in mid-2020. Total project cost will be refined in the coming months. Grant PUD project managers Davi...
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2020 budget approved: no rate increase, more fiber, stronger financial outlook

EPHRATA — Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a $291 million budget for 2020 with no electric-rate increase for any customer group except the approximately 25 cryptocurrency mining operations classified as "evolving industries." A solid revenue outlook through 2024 and years of careful budgeting and planning have Grant PUD well-pos...
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We filled the bucket!

​Grant PUD employees and customers achieved the goal of having enough donated food to fill the extra-large two-man line truck bucket during the annual Fill-the-Bucket Food Drive last week. The drive, which is a joint effort between Grant PUD and the IBEW Local 77, collected food for local Grant County food banks at Grant PUD's local offices and wit...
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Coleman makes the most of GM for the Day opportunity

As of Nov. 18, 2019, Jeremy Coleman can add "GM" to his resume – although it was just for one day. Jeremy, a hydro mechanic at Wanapum Dam, was the winner of the grand-prize drawing during the Employee Appreciation event in September. That grand prize was to be GM for the day and experience the life of Kevin Nordt. The activities were to be tailore...
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Fill the Bucket Food Drive

Fill-the-Bucket Food Drive 2019 happens Nov. 18 to 22 and includes a food-collection event at the Moses Lake Walmart Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food donations will be collected in the local offices and HOB for area food banks. Non-perishable foods only, please. The food drive is a great way to interact with the community. Anyone who w...
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Commission Recap 11-12-19: No rate increase in 2020, except for evolving industry

Commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday that no Grant PUD customer, except those classified as "evolving industry" under Rate 17, will receive an electric-rate increase in 2020. Commissioners Tom Flint, Judy Wilson and Nelson Cox were present for the vote. They said the absent commissioners, Dale Walker and Larry Schaapman, also agreed. "This is a...
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Crypto group loses appeal to suspend Rate 17

The group of cryptocurrency mining firms who have sued Grant PUD over a new, higher electricity rate have lost their appeal to have the new rate suspended until the overall lawsuit is resolved. In a Nov. 5 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, denied the crypto group's appeal for an injunction that would have suspended the rate. Th...
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Diggin’ it at Archaeology Days 2020

 Ancient tradition and modern ingenuity were both on display for the nearly 400 area students who attended Archaeology Days at the Wanapum Heritage center on Oct. 15. The first day of this year's 2-day event was geared toward students who enjoyed numerous hands-on and educational activities. Student activities included hide processing, atlatl ...
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Catching fish to make more fish

Record participation for a good cause at King of the Reach salmon derby  VERNITA — Young Alex Herrera pulled back on the rod, the line taught, his back arched against the strain as if he were battling a deep-sea marlin or sail fish. He may as well have been. A video shot by his uncle Jose Merced shows the 9-year-old from Pasco landing a nearly...
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Industry op-ed touts hydropower as key to carbon-free future

​ This column by Malcolm Woolf, president and CEO of the National Hydropower Association, appeared Oct. 22, 2019 in The Hill, a Washington D.C.-based news website covering politics and government. The path to carbon free flows through hydropower BY MALCOLM WOOLF, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR The Hill 10/22/19 https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-e...
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GPS tracking system to allow better cost-control, monitoring of fleet

More information and Q&A coming at November safety meetings  Procedures are in place, reviews complete and roll-out imminent for a GPS-based system that will allow Grant PUD to closely track how its vehicles are being used. Folks will be on hand during November safety meetings all around the District to talk about the tracking system and a...
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Commission recap 10-22-2019: Grant PUD's fiber network set to continue expansion in 2020

With the official completion of Grant PUD's fiber-optic network to customers in Sunland Estates, expansion work is now complete for two of the nine predetermined areas scheduled to get service this year. Construction continues to progress on the remaining seven areas slated to receive access in 2019. Grant PUD's Senior Manager of Wholesale Fiber, R...
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Grant PUD investigating exciter fires at Priest Rapids Dam

Dam operations will be modified during investigation EPHRATA – Priest Rapids Dam operators extinguished a small fire in equipment called an exciter, which provides energy to start up one of the generating units, shortly after 1 a.m. today. The fire affected Unit No. 7 at Priest Rapids Dam. On Oct. 3, there was a similar fire in the exciter for Unit...
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Commissioners oppose removing Snake River Dams

​ ​ ​ ​​ Grant PUD commissioners Oct. 8 unanimously agreed to oppose breaching the lower four Snake River dams. They cited the value of hydropower as a clean, renewable and necessary resource; the successful efforts of Columbia River dam operators to get fish safety past their projects; and the minimal importance of Columbia and Snake River salmon ...
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Commission recap 10/08/2019: Financial outlook includes reduced need for rate increases

Grant PUD forecasters see reduced need for electric-rate increases, as a strong financial outlook for Grant PUD is expected to continue, commissioners heard Tuesday during the first two of three scheduled public hearings on the proposed $291 million 2020 budget. "We're in the best financial position we've been in for many, many years at the Distric...
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2020 Open Enrollment

Key Dates 10/22/2019 Open Enrollment Begins 11/6/19 @ 3PM Open Enrollment Ends 1/1/2020 Effective Date of Benefit Elections What You Need to Do - YOU MUST log into Mercer EnrollNet and complete your online enrollment for Medical, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, FSA and Dependent Care FSA between October 22, 2019 and November 6, 2019, 3:00 PM....
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2019 United Way Campaign

Help United Way of Grant County reach our goal of $10,000 in pledged donations by Grant PUD employees for 2020.  ​Below you will find a copy of Kevin Nordt's letter as well as the contribution form to fill out and return to HR. File Name: United-Way-Letter-201_20191002-161206_1 File Size: 260 kb Download File file File Name: 2020-PUD-contribut...
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New faces for Lands, Power Production and IT

Grant PUD's newest lands specialist, Lorie Butterly , comes to us after 16 years home schooling her kids and, before that working in state land management for the State Department of Natural Resources. Her last name may sound familiar to many. Lorie's married to Power Delivery Engineer John Butterly. They're longtime residents of Ephrata. A Hermist...
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