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Riderless watercraft survives Wanapum Dam fish bypass

BEVERLY — Bryan Shultz's personal watercraft survived a white-water plunge earlier this month wilder than an adrenaline junkie's wildest nightmare. Good thing Shultz wasn't on it. The Puyallup-area visitor launched his 3-person Yamaha WaveRunner on the Columbia River at Frenchman Coulee, where he and his wife were camping. What started as a calm, g...
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Commission Recap 07/23/2019, Other states' data-center enticements narrow Grant County's edge

Grant County still has a very attractive combination of low-cost land and electricity, temperate climate and seismic stability that data center developers are looking for, commissioners heard Tuesday. But the state's lack of tax-break incentives make it hard for Washington to compete with tax incentives other states are offering to lure in these bi...
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4H kids get super safety demonstration

Grant PUD line workers gave 4H kids, leaders and parents an up-close look at their protective gear and an "electrifying" demonstration of how important it is to be safe around high-voltage power equipment. The demonstration was a part of the "4H Super Saturday" event at the Grant County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 23. Linemen Eric Huber, Ed Olson...
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Grant PUD receives national award for community service

Award recognizes exceptional commitment to the people we serve EPHRATA — The collective efforts of Grant PUD and its employees to give back to the communities we serve were recognized June 11 with the American Public Power Association's (APPA) 2018 Community Service Award. The national award honors exceptional commitment on behalf of utilities and ...
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Grant PUD bond rating upgraded amid strong finances, financial outlook

S&P Global Ratings has upgraded from AA to AA+ the credit rating of Grant PUD's electric system, citing strong, sustained finances and risk management. "The rating action reflects our view of the district's maintenance of extremely strong financial and operating metrics over several years and the credit strengths provided by its core generating...
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Commission recap 07/09/2019 Commissioners to explore rate options not linked to cost of service

Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday asked staff to describe the pros and cons of a potential new policy for rate setting that isn't pinned directly to "cost of service" — what it costs Grant PUD to provide electricity to each category of customer, from residential and ag to big industry. They should have their answer in the coming months. "As long as t...
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Grant PUD’s conservation rebate paid forward by Microsoft

Data center operator provides $480,000 to benefit Grant County residents EPHRATA — Grant PUD's board of commissioners recognized Microsoft officials today after the technology leader agreed to contribute a $480,000 energy conservation rebate the company is forgoing into initiatives to benefit Grant County residents as part of the utility's Pay-it-F...
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Library visitors to learn about the life cycle of salmon

Local libraries to host Grant PUD as part of their summer program EPHRATA —Have you ever wondered how salmon make their way from their birthplace in the Columbia River all the way to the ocean and back again? Then be sure to attend Grant PUD's hands-on learning activity coming to a library near you. As part of the North Central Regional Library's s...
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Commission Recap 6/11/2019, Discussion continues on possible expansion of Grant PUD's transmission capacity

Commissioners continued learning more about potential expansion of the "the backbone" of Grant PUD's electrical system, 230 kV transmission. The topic has been a point of discussion during the past two commission meetings and on Tuesday commissioners were advised of what the potential electrical upgrades may entail. Senior Manager of Power Delivery...
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George, Washington gets Grant PUD fiber optics

GEORGE — With a snip of an orange ribbon, speeches, games, music and thank-yous, every address in this tiny, rural city officially gained access May 21 to one of the world's fastest internet services. But when you're in kindergarten, that announcement came with the best benefit of all. "Ice cream!" Shouted the five girls, big smiles on their faces,...
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Commission Recap 5/28/2019, Microsoft pays forward its energy conservation rebate

Microsoft pays forward its energy conservation rebate Grant PUD commissioners heard a proposal on Tuesday outlining Microsoft's plan to defer its $480,000 power conservation rebate from Grant PUD and instead use the money as a way to broadly benefit Grant County residents through Grant PUD's Pay it Forward Program. The rebate is a result of energy-...
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Commission Recap 05/14/2019, Grant PUD eyes expansion of transmission system to support county growth

Grant PUD eyes expansion of transmission system to support county growth Load growth was the topic of Tuesday's transmission workshop held during the commission's regularly scheduled meeting. While many utilities around the country struggle with flat or reduced load growth, low-cost power has helped foster economic growth throughout Grant County. B...
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Commission Recap 04/23/19, Fiber network continues expansion and subscriber growth

The release schedule for access to Grant PUD's fiber-optic network in 2019 is out. During Tuesday's commission meeting, Senior Manager of Wholesale Fiber, Russ Brethower reported to commissioners that construction is either progressing or scheduled for each of the nine pre-determined areas set to receive access this year. The off-island Crescent Ba...
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Commission Recap 04/09/2019, Efficiency gains, solar energy in California puts downward pressure on wholesale energy

Increasing energy efficiency and a reduced need for California to buy electricity from the rest of the region are contributing to the lower price Grant PUD and other utilities are getting on the regional wholesale market from the sale of surplus electricity. A proliferation of solar energy in California has reduced the state's energy consumption at...
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Grant PUD will obtain Clean Water Act permit despite lawsuit by Columbia Riverkeeper

Lawsuit undermines good-faith effort to achieve mutual clean-water goals EPHRATA — Grant PUD will not alter its plan to apply for and obtain a Clean Water Act pollutant-discharge permit for Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams, despite the recent lawsuit filed by Columbia Riverkeeper. The lawsuit follows months of intensive analysis, dialog with Riverkee...
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Grant PUD worker injured at Priest Rapids Dam released from hospital

A worker at Priest Rapids Dam was injured today about 10:20 a.m. while performing maintenance on fish ladder equipment. His coworkers provided him with first aid until emergency medical services arrived and transported him to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash., where he was treated and released. Grant PUD's Safety Department is investigating ...
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Phase-in of new ‘evolving industry’ rate begins April 1

Electric rates will not go up this year for most Grant PUD customers, but the first of a three-year phase-in of the new Rate Schedule 17 for higher-risk "evolving industry" customers will begin as planned, April 1. Commissioners approved the new rate Aug. 28 after months of public input. Rate 17 protects Grant PUD and its core customers from uninte...
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Commission Recap 03/12/2019, No rate increase for most Grant PUD customers this year

Most Grant PUD customers will not receive an electric-rate increase this year, commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday, to give the board a year to study and potentially modify the existing policy for setting rates. The new Rate 17 for cryptocurrency and other "evolving industries" will continue as planned with the first of a three-year, stepped r...
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Conservation Efforts Benefit Share the Warmth

Verizon Media donates conservation savings to benefit local community EPHRATA — Grant PUD's community-sponsored Share the Warmth program received a considerable donation of $69,650 from Verizon Media data center in Quincy. The funding will go to help the neediest families throughout the county pay their electric bills when they have no other option...
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4H kids get super safety demonstration

Grant PUD line workers gave 4H kids, leaders and parents an up-close look at their protective gear and an "electrifying" demonstration of how important it is to be safe around high-voltage power equipment. The demonstration was a part of the "4H Super Saturday" event at the Grant County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 23. Linemen Eric Huber, Ed Olson...
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