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Regional effort to eradicate Northern Pike needs you

By Christine Pratt, Grant PUD Public Affairs LAKE ROOSEVELT — Enjoy fishing for salmon? Then please help eradicate the invasive Northern Pike. The Grant, Chelan and Douglas PUDs are contributing to an effort by tribes and state agencies to control this voracious predator that, if not contained, could set back decades of salmon recovery efforts acro...
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Commission recap 08/13/2019, Wheeling agreement with irrigators extended for another year

Grant County irrigators who draw their water from the federal Columbia Basin Project irrigation system will pay the same "wheeling" fee for one more year to transport over Grant PUD power lines the federal electricity they need to power their water pumps. Grant County PUD commissioners unanimously approved the extension of an existing agreement wit...
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Riderless watercraft survives Wanapum Dam fish bypass

BEVERLY — Bryan Shultz's personal watercraft survived a white-water plunge earlier this month wilder than an adrenaline junkie's wildest nightmare. Good thing Shultz wasn't on it. The Puyallup-area visitor launched his 3-person Yamaha WaveRunner on the Columbia River at Frenchman Coulee, where he and his wife were camping. What started as a calm, g...
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GEARUP makes field trip to Crescent Bar

I would like to take the time to let you know that we had an awesome experience touring the Crescent Bar Recreation site on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Our 9th grade Ephrata/Soap Lake High School Summer Program students were able to see the environmental impacts that occur while making land improvements. This opportunity assisted them in completing a p...
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Come visit us at the Grant County Fair!

 Grant PUD will be set up with games and giveaways galore! August 13-17, 2019 Grant County Fairgrounds 3953 Airway Dr NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
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Summer Energy Saving Tips

TEMPERATURE If you have air conditioning, set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. A recommended 78 degrees if you are home and warmer if you are away. Reduce your electric water heater to 120 degrees. FANS Use ceiling and other portable room fans to increase your cooling efficiency without having to lower your thermostat. Be sure to tu...
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Commission Recap 07/23/2019, Other states' data-center enticements narrow Grant County's edge

Grant County still has a very attractive combination of low-cost land and electricity, temperate climate and seismic stability that data center developers are looking for, commissioners heard Tuesday. But the state's lack of tax-break incentives make it hard for Washington to compete with tax incentives other states are offering to lure in these bi...
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Commission Recap: Aug. 28, 2018

Phase-in of new Evolving Industry rate to begin April 1 New rate responds to large influx of high-power cryptocurrency miners, protects Grant PUD and its customers from risk. Starting April 1, cryptocurrency miners and other "evolving-industry" firms will pay the first of a three-year, graduated increase to a new, above-cost electric rate designed ...
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Commission Meeting recap 8-14-2018

Grant PUD staff proposes phase-in of Evolving Industry rate Grant PUD staff proposes to phase in the new Evolving Industry Rate 17 over three years in graduated increments of 15 percent the first year, 35 percent the second year and 50 percent the third year. If approved, the first increase would begin April 1, 2019, commissioners heard Tuesday. (1...
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Staff proposes phase-in of Evolving Industry rate

Commissioners to consider options as discussion continues On July 31, Grant PUD staff members presented a recommendation to commissioners for a multi-year phase-in of new rates for customers in the proposed Evolving Industry rate class. The recommendation was given to the commissioners during a special workshop in the Ephrata Commission Room to dis...
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Spillway work at Priest Rapids Dam nearing completion

Drainage drilling is finished and monitoring devices are now being installed EPHRATA —Drilling for drainage and inspection in the spillway monoliths at Priest Rapids Dam is complete, as around 230 core samples have been extracted from the dam's grout gallery. The discovery of excess leakage due to a disbonded lift joint earlier this year, resulted ...
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Crews Continue Inspection of Priest Rapids Dam Spillway Monoliths

Grant PUD officials expect analysis to continue for the next several weeks Crews continue investigating the leakage discovered in spillway monoliths at Priest Rapids Dam. Initial analysis shows that a disbonded lift joint is the source of the leakage. A lift joint is the area between two concrete blocks poured at different times. A monolith is the ...
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April 10: Commission Meeting Recap

DURING TUESDAY'S MEETING COMMISSIONERS -Unanimously approved a $2.8 million increase to the contract with Voith Hydro Inc. and an extension of 15 days, bringing the total revised contract maximum to $14.3 million. Voith is a contractor on an approximately 10-year project to rehabilitate the 10 turbine /generator units at Priest Rapids Dam. This cha...
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Priest Rapids reservoir lowered for spillway inspection

Grant PUD officials declare a non-failure emergency Out of an abundance of caution, Grant PUD officials have declared a non-failure emergency at Priest Rapids Dam, after inspection drilling revealed leaking in spillway monoliths. Grant PUD will reduce reservoir elevation behind the dam to normal operating minimums while inspection work continues. P...
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Commission meeting recap: Microsoft announces $200,000 contribution for fiber buildout to George

Microsoft officials announced during the commission meeting in Beverly on March 27 that the company is making a $200,000 contribution toward building out wholesale fiber optic service to residents in the City of George. Paul Englis, of Microsoft, told the commissioners that his company as an organization has a desire to give back to the community, ...
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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, when it opened a data center in Quincy, Microsoft has supported c...
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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. New rates take effect April 1. The increase aligns with commissioners' strategy of sma...
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Commission Meeting Recap: Commissioners set rates for 2018 and more

Grant PUD Commissioners set rates for 2018 (2:47:30) New rate will increase average monthly residential power bill by $1.49 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. New rates take effect April 1. The increase...
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Major construction enters its final stage at Crescent Bar Recreation Site

Visitors will have access to the on-island boat launch by Memorial Day weekend EPHRATA, Wash. – Crescent Bar Island has been bustling with construction activity for the past several months all in an effort to finish three final large projects – the on-island Riverbend Park Boat Launch and day-use marina, water system renovation, and wastewater-trea...
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Meeting recap: Commissioners cautious of carbon-tax proposal

Commission meeting recap Feb. 13, 2018 Even in light of the shorter 60-day legislative session, it has proven to be a busy and jam-packed scene in Olympia. Wednesday (Feb. 14) is the cut-off day for a proposed bill to make it out of their respective committees. Any bill that doesn't pass committee by 5 p.m. Wednesday is considered dead for this leg...
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