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Highlights from the 5/10/2022 commission meeting // Work on secondary embankment at Priest Rapids Dam progresses

Work on secondary embankment at Priest Rapids Dam progressesThe cost to build a secondary embankment on the Yakima County side of Priest Rapids Dam will increase $2.6 million to improve the project's quality and safety, commissioners heard Tuesday.The change order to the contract with IMCO General Construction increases the total project cost to $5...
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Commissioners choose Rich Wallen to lead Grant PUD

An experienced manager, Wallen formerly headed the utility's operations divisionsEPHRATA, Wash – Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday unanimously chose Rich Wallen as the utility's new general manager and chief executive officer. Wallen has served as interim general manager since Jan. 1, after former general manager Kevin Nordt stepped down to focus on ...
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​Grant PUD reopens customer service offices

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD is reopening its customer service offices to the public this week. The offices had been closed since March 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The days and hours for the various offices are as follows: Moses Lake, 312 W. Third Ave. – Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ephrata, 30 C St. SW – Tuesday, 9 a....
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Grant PUD mourns loss of Commissioner Dale Walker

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD staff joins the family of Commissioner Dale Walker in mourning his death. Walker, 75, who was serving as a PUD Commissioner since 2011, died on Sunday, Aug. 8, from complications with lung cancer."We are all very saddened to learn of Dale's passing," stated Grant PUD General Manager Kevin Nordt. "Our thoughts are with his...
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Sabey Data Centers, the Columbia Basin Foundation and Grant PUD partner to Pay it Forward during COVID

EPHRATA – Sabey Data Centers (Sabey), headquartered in Seattle, WA, recently donated 75 Chromebook computers to school districts in Grant County.Sabey operates a colocation data center campus in Quincy, WA.Sabey graciously chose to contribute to Grant PUD's Pay-it-Forward fund with the Columbia Basin Foundation. This fund provides opportunity for G...
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Commission recap 8/25/2020

Second-quarter updata shows finances continue strongThe latest 5-year financial forecast shows Grant PUD meeting most of its financial targets through 2025 with virtually no annual electric rate increases to customers, commissioners learned Tuesday. But conditions could change amid revenue uncertainty on the wholesale energy market and spending nee...
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Commission recap 5/12/2020: Budget impacts mild, so far, from COVID-19

Budget impacts from COVID-19 mild, so far A strong financial position, better-than-expected wholesale energy prices, and debt reduction and re-funding work completed earlier this year combine to minimize, for now, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Grant PUD finances to date, commissioners heard Tuesday. A high degree of uncertainty remains ab...
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Grant PUD to evaluate reopening of recreation sites

EPHRATA – Grant PUD is evaluating when it can reopen its recreation sites, which were closed in March because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Grant PUD operates 20 recreation sites on the Columbia River. During the pandemic, the utility is placing the highest priority on keeping its mission critical systems functioning. These systems include...
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Quick action on debt work to save Grant PUD $158 million*

EPHRATA — Quick work and careful market watching by Grant PUD's Finance team resulted in debt-reduction and refinancing work that will save the utility just over $158 million in debt service through 2044. "We were in a good position to act when interest rates began to steadily decline," Senior Manager of Treasury Bonnie Overfield said. "The Distric...
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All Grant PUD recreation sites closed until further notice

Desplácese hacia abajo para españolMove coincides with other public lands' closures to prevent spread of COVID-19 EPHRATA — Grant PUD has made the difficult decision to close all its parks, campsites, boat launches and other recreation areas and facilities until further notice as an added measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.Th...
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Customers encouraged to contact Grant PUD with bill concerns

EPHRATA – Grant PUD urges customers having difficulties paying their power bills to call its customer service line at 509-766-2505 or email ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.​.By calling, customer service representatives will be able to discuss resources and options for assistance with bills, including: Modified payment plans to help customers catch up wit...
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Commission recap 03/10/2020: Electric system improvement plan in the works

This week's commission meeting was held digitally, by audio conference, in an effort to follow state health officials' recommendations to reduce public gatherings to prevent spreading COVID-19 Coronavirus.Meetings will take place this way until further notice. The meeting was recorded in a different way and isn't immediately able to be posted on th...
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Grant PUD block of C Street to close for crane work March 12

EPHRATA — The portion of C Street SW, between Division Avenue and First Avenue SW will close the morning of March 12, to haul a new piece of air-conditioning equipment onto the roof of Grant PUD headquarters.That portion of C Street will close at approximately 7 a.m. The crane and a truck with the new equipment will stage on C Street. The job shoul...
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Grant PUD block of C Street to close Feb. 28 for crane work

EPHRATA — The portion of C Street SW, between Division Avenue and First Avenue SW will be closed the morning of Friday, Feb. 28 for crane work to remove an old piece of air-conditioning equipment from the roof of Grant PUD headquarters.That portion of C Street and the sidewalk along its east side by the headquarters building will close at 6 a.m. Pa...
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Commission recap 1/28/2020: Fiber-optics on the rise

Lessons learned from 2019 to help future fiber expansionAlthough 2019 had its share of challenges with expanding Grant PUD's fiber-optic network, the accomplishments from the past year provided valuable insights while setting a very high bar for future expansion efforts.This was the message Grant PUD's Senior Manager of Wholesale Fiber, Russ Bretho...
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Grant PUD to reduce debt amid favorable market conditions

S&P Global, Moody's and Fitch uphold their high credit ratingsEPHRATA — Three of the world's top bond-rating agencies have affirmed strong credit ratings for Grant PUD, as the utility readies to pay down debt for long-term savings that will help keep electric rates low.The high ratings enable Grant PUD to take fuller advantage of current market...
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Irrigation Workshop a hit with irrigators

Approximately 75 irrigation customers attended our first Irrigation Workshop at the Grant County Fairgrounds, Dec. 11, in what promises to become an annual or biennial (every two years) event.Grant PUD subject-matter experts talk about Grant PUD's 2020 budget — which includes no rate increase for the second consecutive year — our expectations for f...
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More power for Northern Moses Lake

This 100,000-pound, 115 kV, transformer arrived at the Randolph Road Substation Dec. 5 from its manufacturer, Virginia Transformer Corp. of Pocatello, Idaho. Grant PUD is in the process of expanding the substation from its current footprint of 29,830 sq. ft. to 40,035 sq. ft. Improvements include one new transformer line-up to the existing two line...
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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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