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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

Desplácese hacia abajo para español 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 al...

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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 pre...

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2021 Grant PUD budget approved with no rate increase

Desplácese hacia abajo para español Budget reflects growth and financial strength, despite COVID challenges EPHRATA- Grant PUD commissioners unanimously approved a $380.6 million budget for 2021 that invests in employees and critical assets, continues roll-out of key technology initiatives and controls costs — without raising power rates for the th...

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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' rate Grant 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 ris...

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Ways to pay your bill without an office visit

Haga click para Español​ Online at grantpud.org  Sign up for an ePay account to pay your bills online via credit/debit card or automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account. Customers also have the option to make a one-time online payment. U.S. Postal Service Send your payment* by check or money order in the envelope provided...

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Commission Recap 12-8-2020: Cryptocurrency energy demand declines in Grant County

Electricity use combined with requests for electricity from the county's cryptocurrency firms has declined since the higher-cost Rate Schedule 17 for nascent, higher-risk industries was approved in 2018, commissioners learned Tuesday. Cryptocurrency is currently the only industry in Grant County that Grant PUD qualifies as an "evolving industry" — ...

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Campgrounds, golf course and other amenities reopen at Grant PUD recreation sites

Haga Clic para Español 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 ameni...

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Commission recap 11-24-2020: Grant PUD 2021 budget approved with no rate increase

Budget reflects growth and financial strength, despite COVID challenges EPHRATA — Grant PUD commissioners unanimously approved a $380.6 million budget for 2021 that invests in employees and critical assets, continues roll-out of key technology initiatives and controls costs — without raising power rates for the third, consecutive year. The budget a...

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Postponed- Grant PUD to "fill the bucket" with a community food drive

In-person events delayed due to statewide restrictions ​​  ​Due to the recent statewide restrictions, we are delaying the in-person Fill the Bucket food drive. Need in our county is greater than ever so we encourage everyone who is able to donate to contact your nearest food bank directly. Here is a list of who to contact within your community...

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Commission recap 11-10-2020: Grant PUD crews work to ensure system reliability despite COVID challenges

Grant PUD's electrical workers are actively focused on safely maintaining the utility's critical electrical and fiber services, despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic, Senior Manager of Power Delivery, Ron Alexander told commissioners Tuesday. As a precautionary measure due to the Coronavirus, field crews were temporarily split into two group...

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Public Power Week 2020

Since 1938 Grant PUD has been helping write the success story of public power. Grant PUD celebrates Public Power Week by honoring this history and our continued efforts to affordably and reliably serve our friends and neighbors. Grant PUD employees are proud to provide the county's power and wholesale fiber needs. This year our celebration of Publi...

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Customers encouraged to contact Grant PUD with bill concerns

Haga click para Español  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 ...

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Commission Recap 03-24-2020: Route for Red Rock Transmission Line Determined

The route for a new 115-kilovolt transmission line near Royal City has been selected. Following extensive analysis of numerous route segments, public input regarding the three proposed route options and an economic review of the final two route considerations, Grant PUD staff and engineering consultants chose to follow the proposed "Eastern Route" ...

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Commission Recap 02-25-2020 Smaller rate increase forecast for evolving industries -- unless demand again spikes

Cryptocurrency mining operations in Grant County will get a far smaller rate increase April 1 than originally forecast, if commissioners approve the staff recommendation, announced Tuesday. Connection requests from this high-energy-use group has declined from 402 average megawatts of electricity to just under 90 average megawatts since the first of...

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All Grant PUD recreation sites closed until further notice

Desplácese hacia abajo para español Move 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. ...

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Grant PUD awarded state funding to assist with fiber expansion

EPHRATA — Grant PUD's expansion efforts of its wholesale fiber-optic network will receive a financial boost thanks to funding from the Washington State Public Works Board. The utility received a $810,000 grant and qualified for a $810,000 loan as part of the Public Works Board's competitive construction grant and loan broadband program. Grant PUD w...

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Commission recap 10-27-2020: COVID-19 and weather impact on power used in the county

Weather and COVID-19 impacted expected power use this year, according to a presentation by Grant PUD economist Bob Brill given to PUD commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Most customer rate classes saw significant differences between forecasted load for power and actual demand through the third quarter of this year. The initial forecasted load for th...

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