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Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA)

Haga clic para Español On May 7th, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Clean Energy Transformation ACT (CETA), which commits Washington State to achieve an electricity supply that is 100% greenhouse gas emissions free by 2045. Electricity production is the third-largest source of carbon emissions in the state. The bill aims to c...

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Commission Meeting Summary 1-11-2022: Grant PUD commission districts shuffled to reflect population growth

Voters east and south of Moses Lake, in the McConihe Flats area, and in a small part of south Ephrata may have a different Grant PUD commissioner representing them after a redistricting proposal is approved in February. Randalynn Hovland, clerk of the Grant PUD Commission, explained in a presentation to commissioners during a public hearing on Tues...

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Rate Schedule 17 - Scheduled Review

Resolution 8891, which established Rate Schedule 17, requires at least a yearly review of the rate class to determine if certain customer uses or industries should move into or out of the rate class. Staff will share materials and info regarding the review during regularly scheduled commission meetings.  See table below for tentative sche...

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Commission Meeting Summary 12-14-2021: Wallen named interim general manager/CEO

Commissioners Tuesday unanimously endorsed Rich Wallen (photo) as interim general manager and CEO of Grant PUD, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Wallen is currently acting general manager and CEO, a post he accepted following Kevin Nordt's decision to step down from the post Dec. 6 to accept a less-demanding role as chief resource officer as he continues tr...

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General Manager Kevin Nordt to step down amid battle with prostate cancer

Haga clic para Español Nordt to take on new role to assure Grant PUD's long-term power supply Grant PUD General Manager and CEO Kevin Nordt will be stepping down at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 to assume an important but less physically demanding role in helping assure a long-term power supply for Grant PUD customers. Grant PUD Chief Operations Offic...

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Commission Meeting Summary 11-23-2021: 2022 budget Approved with no rate increase

Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a $285.3 million budget for 2022 that for the third consecutive year includes no electric-rate increase and preserves the utility's financial strength amid a continued high, 4% annual growth rate in the county's demand for electricity. The budget funds key projects providing upgrades to infrastru...

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Commission Summary 11-9-2021: Transmission rates and changes proposed

Staff presented commissioners with a slate of proposed changes to how Grant PUD bills for the power that travels over its transmission lines but doesn't originate from a Grant PUD-owned generation source, like one of its dams. The changes include a proposed Rate Schedule 34 for transmitting federally sourced power for the federal Bureau of Reclamat...

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Grant PUD's COVID-19 Response

Haga clic para Español 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...

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Commission Meeting 10-12-2021: Pyle selected to fill commission vacancy

Terry Pyle, of Moses Lake, was unanimously selected by Grant PUD Commissioners to fill the remainder of the late commissioner Dale Walker's term through December 2022. Pyle's official appointment and swearing in will occur during the Oct. 26 commission meeting. The commissioners interviewed and received public input regarding four different candida...

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Commission Meeting 9-28-2021: Increased security measures help with recreation safety

As the heart of the 2021 recreation season winds down, Grant PUD's Security Manager Fallon Long highlighted the security group's efforts throughout the season to keep visitors safe as she reviewed a comparison of reportable incidents this year compared to 2020. There has been a visible drop in the number of noted rule violations at Grant PUD's recr...

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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 th...

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Grant PUD commissioners seek applicants for vacant board position

Haga clic para Español EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD's board of commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to fill the remainder of the late Dale Walker's term as commissioner through December 2022. The vacant position on the five-member board represents the southeastern portion of Grant County known as District 2, which covers portions o...

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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 ex...

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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 ec...

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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 issue EPHRATA, 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 C...

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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....

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​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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