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​Grant PUD reopens customer service offices

Haga clic para Español EPHRATA, Wash. – Grant PUD is reopening its customer service offices to the public this week. The offices had been closed since March 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The days and hours for the various offices are as follows: Moses Lake, 312 W. Third Ave. – Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ep...

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PUD commissioners to decide on General Manager/CEO position during Feb. 8 meeting

EPHRATA, Wash- Grant PUD commissioners will hold a vote during their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8 on whether to install Rich Wallen as the utility's general manager and chief executive officer. Wallen has served as interim general manager since Jan. 1 after former general manager Kevin Nordt stepped down from the position to focus on his health. Prio...

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Grant PUD announces fiber build-out areas for 2022

Haga clic para Español ​EPHRATA-  Grant PUD Commissioners renewed their commitment to building out Grant PUD's fiber-optic network as they reviewed fiber system expansion plans for 2022 during the Jan. 25 commission meeting. Grant PUD strives to expand fiber and/or complete construction to the following areas by the end of the year: ...

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Commission Summary Summary 1-25-2022: Grant PUD customer service offices to reopen Feb. 1

Customer Service local offices will reopen to the public Feb. 1. The offices had been closed since March 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The days and hours for the various offices are as follows: Moses Lake, 312 W. Third Ave. – Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ephrata, 30 C St. SW – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Quincy, 27 B S...

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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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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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Commission Meeting 10-26-2021: Wholesale fiber group works to overcome potential challenges securing materials

Wholesale fiber group works to overcome potential challenges securing materials As the expansion of Grant PUD's fiber-optic network continues, the Wholesale Fiber Group anticipates future challenges in the amount of lead-time needed to secure materials. Supply chains for fiber-optic cable and other fiber-related materials are expected to be tight t...

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Terry Pyle sworn in as Grant PUD commissioner for District No. 2

Haga clic para Español EPHRATA, Wash. – Terry Pyle, of Moses Lake, took office on Tuesday, Oct. 26 as the representative for District No. 2 Pyle, an economics instructor for Big Bend Community College, was selected unanimously on Oct. 12 by the four current members of the commission as the top pick to fill the open position. The District ...

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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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PUBLIC HEARING: Clean energy targets, energy consumption and communicate assistance programs

On May 7, 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. The Clean Energy Transformation ACT (CETA) provides safeguards to maintain affordable rates and reliable service. It also requires an equi...

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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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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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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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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 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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