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Commission recap, 12/13/2022 — Electric-rate increase approved for 2023, more...

New rate will add approximately $3.24 to the monthly household bill


EPHRATA — In a measure to help Grant PUD withstand the impact of inflation, Grant PUD's commissioners on Dec. 13 approved a plan for new electricity rates in 2023. The new rates take effect April 1.

This is the first power rate increase for Grant PUD customers since 2018. The overall increase of 3% will be allocated partly on Grant PUD's cost to serve each rate group. The 3% increase and careful financial planning will help the utility withstand the 8.7% impact of inflation to its 2023 budget, which was approved by commissioners in November.

The new rates mean a typical residential customer using 1,700 kilowatt-hours in a month will pay an additional $3.24 a month. By comparison, a large industrial customer with an average monthly usage of 20 million-kilowatt hours would see an increase of $12,600 a month.

"No one likes rising costs," stated commission President Judy Wilson after the meeting. "This increase is necessary for us to try to keep pace with inflation while at the same time continuing to provide our vital services to our growing county."

Grant PUD's proposed all-in Residential power rate of 5.8 cents per kilowatt hour is much lower than the average Washington residential rate of 10.19 cents per kilowatt-hour and the average United States rate of 14.88 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Each rate will increase by the following percentage:

Customer type                                                              % increase
Residential (1)……………………..........................………………. 3.40
General Service (2)………………………………………………..……. 3.40
Irrigation (3)………………………………………………..……………… 3.40
Street lighting (6)…..……….…………………………....……………. 3.40
Large General (7)……………………………………..…………......... 3.40
Industrial (14)……………………………………………..……….…….. 4.35
Large Industrial (15)………………………………………..………….. 1.75
Agricultural Food Processing (16).………………..……..……….. 4.35
Agricultural Food Processing Boiler (85)………..….……....….. 4.35



Desplázase hacia abajo para leer en español el susodicho acerca del incremento de las tarifas eléctricas

Commissioners also:

-- Heard from Tom Dresser, manager of Fish, Wildlife and Water Quality, that Grant PUD has secured a contract with Irrigation Technology and Control, Inc. of East Wenatchee to drill much-needed wells to increase the supply of water needed for fish and human use at the utility's Carlton Acclimation Facility in Okanogan County near the community of Carlton. Search for a contractor began prior to the COVID pandemic.

Methow River has naturally migrated away from the facility's water intake, Dresser has explained. This, coupled with severe cold snaps that can occur in the Methow Basin during February-March, has the potential to restrict water supply when summer chinook salmon are at the facility prior to their release into the river during April-May of each year.

Dresser also reported that Grant PUD needs to make substantial improvements to its video fish counting program prior to fish counting next year to improve accuracy. Human error and lagging technology have contributed to fish-count inaccuracy.

See Dresser's full report on pages 14-25 of the presentation materials. Hear the full discussion at 1:41:52 on the commission audio.

-- Received an update from Archaeology Supervisor Andrew Murphy and Cultural Resource Specialist Lela Buck that described the Cultural Affairs Department's continuing efforts to monitor for artifacts or other cultural sensitivities on Grant PUD lands and lands slated for capital projects. Monitoring during excavation for the ongoing work on a new embankment at Priest Rapids Dam hasn't revealed a need to stop work for recovery. Read the full report on pages 26-36 of the presentation materials. Hear the full discussion at 2:08:55 on the commission audio.

-- Heard from Community Engagement Coordinator Annette Lovitt and Senior Manager of External Affairs Chuck Allen about the participation of Grant PUD's Public Affairs Department's in a host of community events in 2022, including the county fair, local festivals, food distribution, parades, a science fair and chamber of commerce events. Both also described recent efforts for an increased presence on social media and new marketing campaigns to promote fiber-optics. Read the full report on pages 37-54 of the presentation materials. Hear the full discussion at 2:38:20 on the commission audio.

-- Unanimously approved a new, 3-year collective bargaining agreement with Central Washington Pubic Utilities and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 77, effective April 1, 2023

The agreement includes the following general wage increases:

Apprenticed craft employees: Year 1: 8%. Year 2: 5.25%. Year 3: 5.25%
Non-apprenticed craft employees: Year 1: 8%. Year 2: 3%. Year 3: 3%

A majority of union employees approved the agreement Nov. 17, 2022.

"I think its's safe to say this keeps us competitive with our counterparts," Commissioner Larry Schaapman said, prior to commissioners' approval, pointing to the due diligence that resulted in the agreed-upon wage increases.

View the more details and the full agreement on pages 76-81 of the commission packet. Hear a short discussion at 4:26:00 on the commission audio.

-- Unanimously approved the following new slate of officers, effective Jan. 1, 2023: President, Nelson Cox; Vice President, Tom Flint; Secretary, Terry Pyle; Commissioners, Larry Schaapman and Judy Wilson.

-- Unanimously authorized the general manager/CEO, on behalf of Grant PUD, to increase by $3.1 million the contract with IMCO General Construction for a new, not-to-exceed contract amount of $61 million. The increase will fund a revised plastic concrete mix design, installation of a river-water-supply system and additional dust-control measures needed for the ongoing construction of a new embankment on the Yakima County side of Priest Rapids Dam. For more information see pages 1-13 of the presentation materials. Hear the full discussion at 58:13 on the commission audio.

-- Agreed to table for further discussion next year both Resolution 9004, which would create a rate for commercial charging stations for electric vehicles, and the part of Resolution 9006 that would increase Rate Schedule 17 for evolving industries. Hear discussion on Resolution 9004 at 3:02:54 and on Rate Schedule 17 at 3:12:22 on the commission audio. 


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Los comisionados de Grant PUD fijan las tarifas para 2023

La nueva tarifa aumentará la factura mensual de electricidad residencial típica en $3.24

EPHRATA — En una medida para ayudar a Grant PUD a resistir el impacto de la inflación, los comisionados de Grant PUD aprobaron el 13 de diciembre un plan de nuevas tarifas eléctricas para 2023. Las nuevas tarifas entrarán en vigor el 1 de abril.

Este es el primer aumento de tarifas eléctricas para los clientes de Grant PUD desde 2018. El aumento general del 3% se asignará en parte al costo de Grant PUD para prestar servicios a cada grupo de tarifas. El aumento del 3% y una cuidadosa planificación financiera ayudarán a la empresa de servicios públicos a soportar el impacto del 8,7% de la inflación en su presupuesto de 2023, que fue aprobado por los comisionados en noviembre.

Las nuevas tarifas suponen que un cliente residencial típico que consuma 1.700 kilovatios-hora al mes pagará $3,24 más al mes. En comparación, un gran cliente industrial con un consumo medio mensual de 20 millones de kilovatios hora pagaría un aumento de $12.600 al mes.

"A nadie le gusta que suban los costos", declaró la Presidente de la Comisión, Judy Wilson, tras la reunión. "Este aumento es necesario para nosotros para tratar de mantenernos el ritmo de la inflación, mientras que al mismo tiempo seguir prestando nuestros servicios vitales a nuestro condado en crecimiento."

La tarifa de energía Residencial integral de 5.8 céntimos por kilovatio-hora propuesta por Grant PUD es muy inferior a la tarifa residencial promedio de Washington de 10.19 céntimos por kilovatio-hora y a la tarifa promedio de Estados Unidos de 14.88 céntimos por kilovatio-hora.

Cada tarifa aumentará en el siguiente porcentaje:

Tipo de cliente% de aumento

Residencial (1) …………………….........................……………..……. 3.40

Servicios Generales (2) ……………………………………………………. 3.40

Riego (3) …………………….………………………………..………….……… 3.40

Alumbrado público (6) ….……………………………....……….………. 3.40

Servicios Generales Grandes (7) ……..………..…………….......... 3.40

Industrial (14) ……………………………………………..…………..…….. 4.35

Grandes Industrias (15) …………………………………..……….…….. 1.75

Procesamiento de Alimentos Agrícolas (16) .………..……….… 4.35

Caldera de Procesamiento de Alimentos Agrícolas (85) ….. 4.35