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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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Grant PUD's COVID-19 Response

As all of us at Grant PUD work through our response to COVID-19 we want to assure customers that our teams continue their daily activities of providing service and support to those throughout Grant County. As a precautionary measure for the safety of customers and employees, we have restricted public access to all of Grant PUD facilities until...
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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 and Washington State Broadband Office launch drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots

​*Updated 7/10/2020​Over the past few weeks, Grant PUD has partnered with the Washington State Broadband Office to bring free public broadband internet access to several Grant County locations. This comes at a time when communities need internet the most for school, work and keeping in touch during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, nine drive-in Wi...
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#WeAreGrantCounty

​During this pandemic, all of us at Grant PUD are here for you! Our dedicated team of employees continue to generate and deliver power and maintain our high-speed fiber-optic network for our customers and the communities we serve.We also know we are not alone. There are many people working hard and keeping our county moving. We appreciate all that ...
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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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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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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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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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Be safe when visiting Grant PUD’s recreation sites

EPHRATA – This Memorial Day weekend we are reminding everyone to be safe while visiting our recreation sites. On May 8, Grant PUD reopened many day-use amenities, including boat launches, on our 20 recreation sites. Since then, we have observed most of our visitors following rules that promote social distancing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus....
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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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Thank You

Thank you to everyone helping to keep us going during this time! We appreciate all that you do! #WeAreGrantCountyHaga click para Español
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Grant PUD to open boat launches and certain recreation amenities at noon on May 8

Grant PUD is pleased to announce that our boat launches and most recreation areas will open at noon, May 8. The following restrictions apply for the safety of our visitors and employees: At Crescent Bar: Only the boat launches and boat-launch parking lots will open. The rest of the amenities in this recreation area have potential to attract large g...
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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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Moving Day

Birds safe. Electrical system secure.  Osprey are notoriously noted for their excellent taste in real estate. They love high-rise living, on or near prime waterfront property. In Grant County, the prime real estate they choose to build their nests often sits atop a Grant PUD power pole. Raising a family inches from energized powerlines endange...
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Commission recap 4-28-2020: Fiber network and subscriber growth continue

Even in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, expansion work for Grant PUD's high-speed fiber-optic network continues to progress. While at the same time more customers continue subscribing for fiber service."This pandemic has really highlighted the importance of our fiber-optic internet services," said General Manager Kevin Nordt, who f...
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