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Grant PUD Commissioners name four finalists to fill District No. 2 vacancy

EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD's board of commissioners has identified four finalists in their search to appoint someone to fill the remainder of the late commissioner Dale Walker's term through December 2022. The vacant District No. 2 position on the five-member board represents the southeastern portion of Grant County, including portions of Moses Lak...
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Commission Meeting 9-14-2021: Grant PUD looks to help customers behind on payments

The COVID-19 pandemic has created difficulties that have led some Grant PUD customers to fall behind on their power bill payments. Customer Service Supervisor, Taffy Courteau outlined for commissioners the department's efforts to reach those retail customers who have outstanding balances on their bill."Our goal is to talk with customers and get the...
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Commission Meeting 8-24-2021: Upgrades coming to the fiber network’s core technologies

This year's top priority of the Wholesale Fiber Network is to upgrade the network's core equipment. On Tuesday commissioners learned about the department's plans for upgrading the hardware and other technology components of the network's core which will increase data capacity and ensure the network is ready for the next 10-20 years.Although the exi...
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Commission meeting 8-10-2021: A moment of silence to remember Commissioner Dale Walker

Commissioners remembered with kind words and a moment of silence, Commissioner Dale Walker, 75, who died Sunday from complications with lung cancer. He joined the commission in 2011."We'd like to recognize Dale for his leadership," said Commission President Larry Schaapman. He was an advocate for low-cost public power. He had a tenacity for the eco...
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Commission Meeting 7-27-2021: Fiber expansion and subscriber growth continue to progress

Fiber crews continue expanding Grant PUD's fiber-optic network to customers throughout the remainder of Grant County. Commissioners heard during Tuesday's report that construction efforts are on schedule to see four additional areas completed by the end of the year. Once complete, a total of 19 of the 40 pre-defined expansion areas will be finished...
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Commission Meeting 7-13-2021: Summertime activities and projects heat up around Grant PUD recreation areas

The summer months are always a busy time for the License Compliance and Lands Services Department. So far, this summer is following suit. Several capital projects, efforts to resolve shoreline management issues, permitting and GIS support across the utility along with the continued maintenance and operation of the recreation areas are keeping the g...
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Congressional Lawmakers Call for President Biden to Prioritize Columbia River Treaty Negotiations

Northwest Congressional Delegations identifies the Treaty as a critical economic and clean energy issueEPHRATA, Wash - Congressional leaders from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana are urging President Biden to enlist a "top-level White House led strategy" to ensure efforts to modernize the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Ca...
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Commission recap 6-22-2021: Security upped as campsites filled to the brim

Grant PUD has increased its security patrols this season to keep visitors safe, as bookings for Grant PUD campsites have reached capacity or near capacity through October, Security Manager Fallon Long told commissioners.Campsites are already fully reserved through October on weekends, Long said, and are currently at about 85% reserved on weekdays.T...
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Commission recap 6-08-2021: Equipment Upgrades to Benefit Grant PUD’s Fish Counting Efforts

Seasonal field work is well underway for Grant PUD's Fish and Wildlife Department and with the help of the appropriate safety protocols, more project area work is taking place this year compared to last year due to the impacts of the pandemic. Fish and Wildlife Manger, Tom Dresser highlighted the department's efforts on a comprehensive review analy...
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Commission recap 5-25-2021: First-quarter financials hold relatively firm to forecast

Grant PUD's 2021 adjusted forecast for total expenditures and net operating income remain largely on track through March, commissioners learned Tuesday, amid projections for stronger-then-forecast revenues from wholesale power sales, but a decline in net income.Total expenditures this year are now forecast at $278.3 million, only slightly below the...
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Commission recap 5-11-2021: Commissioners want more detail about proposed facilities upgrades

Commissioners Tuesday asked staff for more information to substantiate $24.61 million needed to upgrade Grant PUD's aged service centers in Ephrata and Moses Lake. The investment is intended to make critical improvements to extend the buildings' useful lives for approximately 7 to 10 years.Grant PUD service centers contain shops, office space and y...
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Commission recap 4-27-2021: Wholesale fiber on track to meet 2021 priorities

Expanding and maintaining Grant PUD's fiber-optic network does not come without challenges along the way. However, despite the various hurdles Senior Manager of Wholesale Fiber, Russ Brethower told Commissioners that the fiber system is "looking good."Brethower updated the Commission regarding the group's 2021 priorities. Priorities include upgradi...
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Commission recap 4-13-2021: Busy year — and recreation season — ahead

Grant PUD's old Lands and Recreation Department inaugurated a new name just after the first of the year and is gearing up for a busy recreation season, department manager Shannon Lowry told commissioners.The "License Compliance & Lands Service Department" now has a name that better reflects its expanded duties related to federal license complia...
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Commission recap 3-23-2021 (Tue): Grant PUD helps customers impacted by COVID-19

With the passing of the one-year mark since the start of the pandemic, Grant PUD is getting a clearer view of the impact COVID-19 has had on its customers' ability to stay current on their Grant PUD bill.Senior Manager of Customer Solutions, Terry McKenzie said that based on the past due amounts it appears, residential customers have felt the impac...
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Commission Meeting Recap 3-9-2021: Grant PUD's fish and wildlife prepare for a busy season

Grant PUD's Fish and Wildlife Department is beginning to ramp up for its core seasonal field work which will begin in the upcoming weeks. Fish and Wildlife Manager, Tom Dresser said although impacts of the pandemic led to delays in some of the department's planned capital projects last year, he is optimistic that 2021 will provide a better situatio...
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Commission Meeting Recap 2-23-2021: Changes coming for irrigation deposit procedures

Commissioners heard about an internal procedural change impacting irrigation customers. From year-to-year an irrigation customer may rotate fields or parcels of land they lease. As a result, before each growing season many irrigation customers need to request service from Grant PUD, for any new locations they will be operating during the upcoming y...
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Grant PUD Announces Fiber build-out areas for 2021

EPHRATA – Grant PUD Commissioners renewed their commitment to the build-out of Grant PUD's fiber optic network during the Jan. 26 commission meeting. In 2021, Grant PUD strives to expand fiber and/or complete construction to the following areas: Cave B and Beverly Burke areas west of GeorgeSouthwest of Ephrata along Highway 283 and Road 9 NWFrom Gl...
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Commission recap 2-9-2021: Grant PUD projected to end 2020 below budget amid COVID impacts

— Grant PUD ended 2020 with capital and operations-and-maintenance combined spending $9.9 million below the 2020 budget of $267.7 million, as precautions required of the COVID-19 pandemic slowed expected capital and other work across the utility.Capital spending is projected to end the year at $98.1 million, below budget by $7.2 million. COVID prec...
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Commission recap 1-26-2020: 2020 Doesn't slow fiber-optics in Grant County

Both the footprint and the number of users on Grant PUD's fiber-optic network kept growing in 2020. This according to Grant PUD's Senior Manager of Wholesale Fiber, Russ Brethower as he shared the outcomes of last year's priorities and outlined the group's goals for 2021 on Tuesday. The impacts of COVID-19 which led to more people needing quality i...
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Commission recap 1-12-2021: Commissioners question whether crypto miners deserve a ‘core customer’ rate

Commissioners question whether crypto miners deserve a 'core customer' rateGrant PUD commissioners will continue at their Jan. 26 meeting a discussion about whether Grant County's existing cryptocurrency mining firms should again be billed under a "core-customer" rate schedule, now that too few of them are operating to present a "concentration risk...
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