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Raising the roof at Wanapum Dam

What has five layers and is larger than a football field – including end zones? The new main and side roofs on the Wanapum Dam powerhouse. Work has already begun on the $1.9 million project to replace the roof, which was last replaced in 1986 and was, by all accounts, well-overdue for a rebuild. Work should be finished by late November. A crew from...
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Read any good books lately?

We had to ask... and you responded. Check out the pages our coworkers are turning this summer. Lots of great reading here for anyone's reading list -- except, maybe, "2020 NEC Rules" (poor Ralph!) — Thanks very much to everyone who contributed, and to Annette Lovitt for the idea. Christine Pratt, Public Affairs Drummers and Dreamers by Click Reland...
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Thermal Imaging Machines Are Coming

In our continuing efforts to mitigate the threat of COVID-19, the District is acquiring two automatic thermal imaging machines. The imagers will be installed at the Hydro Office Building (HOB) and the Ephrata Service Center (ESC) around August 1. They will be tested for about a week to determine their effectiveness in accurately measuring body temp...
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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 makes schedule changes to respond to Coronavirus threat

Our electrical service crews have been working alternating weeks to reduce their potential for exposure to Coronavirus.This necessary precaution is intended to protect the health of highly trained electrical workers, so they are available to respond to outages, make needed repairs, and still address customer service requests. Power restoration rema...
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Former GM Tony Webb retires -- PUD ‘generalist’ builds career putting people first

The pull of his wife's hometown brought Tony Webb to Ephrata. His preparation doing contract-related work at Boeing gave him the tools to get a job at Grant PUD. His people-first management style earned him on-the-job success. The embrace of his adopted community at a crucial time for the Webb Family made the Columbia Basin his home for life.Tony r...
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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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Incident Criticality Level remains at severe

Nov. 30 update: Our Incident Criticality Level remains in the severe category with a score of 68. Dave Ponozzo,Manager of Emergency Preparedness   Download PDF File Here   Download PDF File Here   Download PDF File Here   Download PDF File Here   Download PDF File Here   Download PDF File Here   Dow...
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Logistics Covid-19 FAQ’S

1. I am just returning to work how do I get Covid related supplies? Please contact ​Jennifer Bell​ and get a requisition request form that you can fill out and have approved by your supervisor.2. How often can I order COVID related supplies?Covid supply orders are placed once a week on Wednesday evening. And filling by Facilities to be dropped...
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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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Brandon Little approved as 'chief dam safety engineer'

Please join me in congratulating Brandon Little for being approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as District's chief dam safety engineer, effective Aug. 17. Kevin Marshall, who currently holds that post, will be retiring in September. Brandon (inset photo) joined the District as a civil engineer with the Hydro Civil/Mechanical ...
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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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Guidelines for employees in high risk for COVID-19 complications

Our Incident Management Team has installed new return-to-work guidelines for employees who may be in the high risk category for severe complications from COVID-19. The new high risk guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control are for those who: Are 65 years or older Have chronic lung disease or moderate-to-severe asthma Have serious heart condi...
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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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Family First Coronavirus Response Act - HR Policy

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District Travel Guidelines

District travel already planned outside Grant PUD's service area and project lands must be approved by a Senior Executive (CXO) until further notice. Any new travel plans must also receive senior executive approval. Employees are also asked to make prudent travel decisions on their personal time.Returning from another country? Follow these CDC reco...
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Grant PUD to move from Severe to Moderate COVID-19 response on May 26

Hello team, The Incident Management Team has been tracking the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Grant PUD since early March, based in part on state and local data that show how fast the virus is spreading. The ongoing analysis has informed the decisions made to date for having everyone either work from home, go on admin leave, or stay as safe as ...
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