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Commissioners to explore alternate rate setting

Grant PUD commissioners Thursday asked staff for alternatives to the 2-percent electric rate increase slated to begin April 1, but they first want to see the financial implications to the utility of each potential alternative.Alternatives requested during the rate workshop are:Three consecutive annual rate increase of 1 percent each through 2021. T...
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Don't fall victim to phone scammers targeting Grant PUD customers

Scammers impersonating Grant PUD are calling and threatening to disconnect powerEPHRATA — Grant PUD is reporting that a large number of customers are receiving phone calls from scammers using terms like "disconnect order" and telling them that they will have their power shut off unless they make an immediate payment. Some of the scammers have even ...
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Commission recap, 01/22/2019

Power Production earns praise for successful dam-safety auditFederal dam-safety auditors are pleased with Grant PUD's ongoing efforts to keep Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams safe via routine inspections, monitoring, surveillance, emergency action planning and training of dam operators and engineering technicians, commissioners learned Tuesday.Grant ...
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Commission recap, 01/08/2019

New year, new commissioners and officers at Grant PUDJudy Wilson and Nelson Cox officially took their seats on the Grant PUD Commission Tuesday, after a swearing-in by Grant County Superior Court Judge David Estudillo.Wilson defeated Commissioner Terry Brewer for the 6-year, District 1 spot, becoming the second woman in the history of Grant PUD to ...
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Commission recap, 12/11/18

Top Stories:Decision delayed on proposed contract for general managerGrant County PUD commissioners Tuesday agreed by split decision to table discussion on a proposed employment contract for General Manager Kevin Nordt.Neither Commissioner Bob Bernd, who retires from the board at the end of this year, nor Commissioner Terry Brewer who'll also leave...
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Commission recap, 11/27/18

Top StoriesFiber to get $12.6 million more in 2019 budgetCommissioners Tuesday approved a $292.4 million budget for 2019 that includes a 2-percent increase in retail electric-rate revenue and $12.6 million in new funding to speed build-out of the fiber-optic network to the 30 percent of Grant County residents who still don't have access.Together wi...
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Grant PUD to apply for a Clean Water Act permit for its Hydroelectric Projects

Utility to work with Washington Department of Ecology to prepare permit applicationEPHRATA — Grant PUD will submit an application to the Washington State Department of Ecology's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The Department of Ecology is fully authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency to administer t...
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Commission recap, 11/13/2018

Top StoryProposed Budget to include $12.6 million more for faster fiber build-outA majority of Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday said they would like to add $12.6 million more to the proposed 2019 budget to speed fiber-optic build-out to the 30 percent of Grant County residents who still don't have access.An investment of $12.6 million annually for f...
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'Growing through' our hydropower is not like going off a cliff

By Kevin Nordt, general manager, Grant PUDIt's no secret that we expect to begin outgrowing our ultimate share of power from Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams in the early 2020s. That's based on our current pattern of above-average load growth of about 30-35 megawatts/year. The "ultimate share" refers not only to our physical portion of power, which w...
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Commission recap, Oct. 23, 2018

Commissioners support more funding for faster fiber build-outCommissioners voiced strong consensus Tuesday for more money in the 2019 budget for fiber-optic network build-out and shortening from 10 to five years the proposed time to finish extending the network to all Grant County residents. (3:17 on the recording. See budget presentation here)The ...
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Grant PUD to "fill the bucket" with a community food drive

Donated food and funding will benefit local food banks throughout Grant CountyGrant PUD employees are hosting our first "Fill the Bucket" Community Food Drive to benefit local food banks. As a community-wide event, there are multiple ways that everyone throughout Grant County can participate to help those in need.Beginning the week of Oct. 22, cust...
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Non-failure emergency condition lifted at Priest Rapids Dam

Reservoir now operating normallyEPHRATA — Grant PUD officials, working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, removed the non-failure emergency condition at Priest Rapids Dam earlier today. The dam had been operating under the non-failure emergency condition since March 28, when leaking water was discovered in the dam's spillway monoliths d...
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Commission Recap & Budget Hearing, Oct. 9, 2018

More money for fiber build-out recurring theme at budget hearings Grant PUD commissioners hosted the first of three public hearings at Tuesday's commission meeting to discuss next year's proposed $279.6 million budget, which includes a 2-percent increase in 2019 electric-rate revenue toward a goal of much lower increases in 2020 and beyond. (2:42 o...
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Discover the Columbia Plateau’s past, present at Archaeology Days

One day for adults. Two days for youth. Insights, fun and learning for all.MATTAWA — The Wanapum People and Grant PUD invite you to the Wanapum Heritage Center for Archaeology Days 2018.Youth Days, Oct. 29 and 31, 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Both days are already booked solid with hundreds of visiting students. Space is still available for homeschoolers...
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Grant PUD commissioners to hold public budget hearings

Grant PUD commissioners to hold public budget hearingsCustomers invited to attend the hearings, ask questions and provide comment. Grant PUD Commissioners will host three budget hearings before adopting the utility's 2019 budget. The budget hearings are held in locations throughout the county to more easily allow customers an opportunity to attend ...
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Commission recap: Sept. 25, 2018

Note: This meeting was not recorded because it took place at Grant PUD's Hydro Office Building in BeverlyGrant PUD commissioners received a first look of the 2019 budget during their meeting at the Hydro Office Building near Wanapum Dam on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The presentation will be shown to customers during three budget hearings on Oct. 9 and 11. ...
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Initiative 1631 would increase Grant PUD costs by millions

Initiative 1631, which will appear on the state's November ballot, would impose a fee on carbon emissions that could result in a 5 percent — $16 million — increase in average annual costs for Grant PUD.That's the latest estimate by Grant PUD analysts Jeremy Nolan and Paul Dietz. The estimate is based on the six-year period following the year when l...
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Wanapum's historic photo exhibit part of regional conversation on Native identity

The Wanapum Heritage Center will exhibit the work of Lee Moorhouse (1850-1926), a noted photopgrapher from Pendleton, Oregon, who produced more than 9,000 images of urban, rural and Native American life in the Columbia Plateau from 1888 to 1916. Moorhouse's photographs of the Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla are of particular significance for the ...
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How one rural community is taking control of its broadband destiny

By Thomas Stredwick Sr. manager of wholesale fiber for Grant County PUDBouncing along the back roads of Grant County you wouldn't know that you are likely cruising past one of the most state-of-the-art superhighways in the country. As communities throughout the country scramble to extend reliable, robust broadband, Grant County Public Utility Distr...
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Commission Recap: Sept. 11, 2018

Wheeling-fees conversation continues with irrigators, Bureau The issue of fees charged to the Federal Bureau of Reclamation for wheeling services was back as a topic of discussion during Tuesday's meeting. Commissioners heard directly from both PUD staff and the Quincy-Basin Irrigation District regarding a proposed new contract that would establish...
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