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Commission Recap 8-11-2020: 2020 budget’s on target through June

Grant PUD's 2020 budget is on target through June, with total expenditures of $269.5 million now forecast through year end, $1.3 million over budget pushed by higher-than-forecast capital expenditures.Capital expenditures are forecast to end the year at $109.9 million, 4% above budget, based on increased confidence in the amount of projected work t...
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Commission recap 7-28-2020: New options discussed to help COVID-impacted customers

Three different proposed options to help residential customers most financially impacted by the effects of COVID-19 could be on the way. Senior Manager of Customer Solutions, Terry McKenzie said the first two options would broaden Grant PUD's Share the Warmth offerings. Share the Warmth is a community-sponsored program administrated by Grant PUD to...
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Worth a reminder: Take care in the heat

During the summer, we must all take precautions to ensure our bodies don't get over heated. Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe. Warning signs of...
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Neowise, through a master's eyes

Local historian and photographer Dan Bolyard captured the Neowise Comet just after midnight last weekend near his home about 6 miles southeast of Coulee City. The person in the photo is Dan, himself. "No photo manipulation was done, other than converting the raw image to jpg for sending to others," he said in an email. "Shot with a Nikon D750. It w...
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Raising the roof at Wanapum Dam

What has five layers and is larger than a football field – including end zones? The new main and side roofs on the Wanapum Dam powerhouse. Work has already begun on the $1.9 million project to replace the roof, which was last replaced in 1986 and was, by all accounts, well-overdue for a rebuild. Work should be finished by late November. A crew from...
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Read any good books lately?

We had to ask... and you responded. Check out the pages our coworkers are turning this summer. Lots of great reading here for anyone's reading list -- except, maybe, "2020 NEC Rules" (poor Ralph!) — Thanks very much to everyone who contributed, and to Annette Lovitt for the idea. Christine Pratt, Public Affairs Drummers and Dreamers by Click Reland...
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Thermal Imaging Machines Are Coming

In our continuing efforts to mitigate the threat of COVID-19, the District is acquiring two automatic thermal imaging machines. The imagers will be installed at the Hydro Office Building (HOB) and the Ephrata Service Center (ESC) around August 1. They will be tested for about a week to determine their effectiveness in accurately measuring body temp...
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Commission Recap 7-14-2020: Power Production overcomes unique challenges of COVID-19

Even with the obstacles brought by COVID-19, Power Production operations had a strong performance during the second quarter of 2020. This according to Senior Manager of Power Production Engineering, Dale Campbell as he shared highlights with commissioners of the group's ongoing efforts to safely and reliably generate power.Campbell told commissione...
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Grant PUD makes schedule changes to respond to Coronavirus threat

Our electrical service crews have been working alternating weeks to reduce their potential for exposure to Coronavirus.This necessary precaution is intended to protect the health of highly trained electrical workers, so they are available to respond to outages, make needed repairs, and still address customer service requests. Power restoration rema...
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Former GM Tony Webb retires -- PUD ‘generalist’ builds career putting people first

The pull of his wife's hometown brought Tony Webb to Ephrata. His preparation doing contract-related work at Boeing gave him the tools to get a job at Grant PUD. His people-first management style earned him on-the-job success. The embrace of his adopted community at a crucial time for the Webb Family made the Columbia Basin his home for life.Tony r...
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PUDs should be eligible for federal broadband funding

The COVID-19 pandemic made us reconsider how we work, attend school, seek medical care and interact with family and friends.One thing is clear – access to affordable broadband is more important than ever. As leaders in fiber infrastructure development, Public Utility Districts must be allowed to compete for federal funding to serve the most hard-to...
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Commission Recap 6-23-2020: Commissioners review proposed Integrate Resource Plan

Every two years Washington state requires electric utilities to develop an Integrated Resource Plan. The plan provides Grant PUD with a roadmap for how it will provide reliable and low-cost electrical service to its customers over the next 10-years by examining substantial risks and uncertainties inherent to an electric utility. "It is not just a r...
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Since June 22, we have been in Incident Criticality Level 2 (Severe)

Team Grant,We moved from Level 3 (Moderate) back to Level 2 (Severe) on Monday, June 22 at 12:01 a.m. The reason was that our key metrics for tracking the COVID-19 pandemic, together with our own internal risk analysis, are showing that conditions have deteriorated enough in Grant County, in surrounding counties, and the state to move our Incident ...
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Logistics Covid-19 FAQ’S

1. I am just returning to work how do I get Covid related supplies? Please contact ​Jennifer Bell​ and get a requisition request form that you can fill out and have approved by your supervisor.2. How often can I order COVID related supplies?Covid supply orders are placed once a week on Wednesday evening. And filling by Facilities to be dropped...
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Commission recap 6/09/2020: Commissioners to explore new ways to help customers hardest hit by Covid

Grant PUD commissioners will continue to explore additional ways to help those customers hardest-hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic but lacked support Tuesday for a proposal that would have given "core" customers a temporary, 4% discount on a portion of their monthly power bills. Commissioner Dale Walker proposed the 4% discount May 28. The d...
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Grant PUD partners with Columbia Basin Foundation to support local food banks

EPHRATA – Grant PUD, in conjunction with Columbia Basin Foundation, has contributed to eight (8) food banks throughout Grant County this spring with Pay-It-Forward grants totaling $11,000.The services of these food banks are greatly needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.Many in our communities are struggling to put food on the table for their family ...
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Campgrounds, golf course and other amenities reopen at Grant PUD recreation sites

Grant PUD reopened our campgrounds and many other day-use amenities earlier today.Many of the amenities have been modified in accordance with guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Grant County Health District to promote social distancing and protect public health. Specific reopened amenities include: Most campsites ...
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Brandon Little approved as 'chief dam safety engineer'

Please join me in congratulating Brandon Little for being approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as District's chief dam safety engineer, effective Aug. 17. Kevin Marshall, who currently holds that post, will be retiring in September. Brandon (inset photo) joined the District as a civil engineer with the Hydro Civil/Mechanical ...
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Commission recap: 5/26/2020: Budget looking strong through March amid changing forecast

Grant PUD's budget through March remains strong, with better-than-forecast power sales to the region more than compensating for a slowing demand for energy among the county's industrial and commercial customers.Compared to Grant PUD's 2020 budget, energy use among Grant PUD retail customers is expected to decline by approximately 50 average megawat...
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Guidelines for employees in high risk for COVID-19 complications

Our Incident Management Team has installed new return-to-work guidelines for employees who may be in the high risk category for severe complications from COVID-19. The new high risk guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control are for those who: Are 65 years or older Have chronic lung disease or moderate-to-severe asthma Have serious heart condi...
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