Commissioners oppose removing Snake River Dams

​ ​​​​Grant PUD commissioners Oct. 8 unanimously agreed to oppose breaching the lower four Snake River dams. They cited the value of hydropower as a clean, renewable and necessary resource; the successful efforts of Columbia River dam operators to get fish safety past their projects; and the minimal importance of Columbia and Snake River salmon as ...

Continue reading
  5852 Hits

Commission recap 10/08/2019: Financial outlook includes reduced need for rate increases

Grant PUD forecasters see reduced need for electric-rate increases, as a strong financial outlook for Grant PUD is expected to continue, commissioners heard Tuesday during the first two of three scheduled public hearings on the proposed $291 million 2020 budget. "We're in the best financial position we've been in for many, many years at the Distric...

Continue reading
  5872 Hits

Focus on Innovation

 Since innovation plays such an important part in Grant PUD's mission and values, we wanted to give you a peek into just a few projects our team has been working on.

  6128 Hits

Grant PUD to hold public budget hearings

Commissioners invite all customers to attend, ask questions and provide comment. Grant PUD Commissioners will hold three budget hearings before adopting the utility's 2020 budget later this year. The hearings provide customers with the opportunity to learn how Grant PUD proposes allocating and spending its money next year. The three hearings are al...

Continue reading
  5450 Hits

Commission recap 9/24/2019: 2020 budget outlook: Lower debt with minimal effect on rates

Commissioners got their first look Tuesday at a proposed $291 million budget for 2020 with staff recommendations to reduce debt by using surplus cash savings and limit an electric-rate-revenue increase to customers to one-tenth percent. Budget hearings for public comment are scheduled Oct. 8 in Ephrata and Moses Lake and Oct. 10 in Quincy (see sche...

Continue reading
  5409 Hits

Commission recap 09/10/2019, 2020 Budget to draw on better data, cost forecast

New processes that allow Grant PUD to more accurately track its costs, together with improvements to forecasting methods, are expected to produce more accurate budgets and ease the rate burden on customers, commissioners learned Tuesday. Commissioners will get their first look at a detailed 2020 budget forecast at their Sept. 24 commission meeting,...

Continue reading
  6150 Hits

Safe Fish. Healthy River. Clean Power.

Grant PUD works hard to ensure salmon make it past our Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams and find the habitat they need on our part of their journey to the ocean and back again to spawn. We spend millions annually on research, safe passage, hatcheries, and predator control to boost fish populations and improve river habitat. Through these efforts, Gra...

Continue reading
  6218 Hits

Public Hearings on the 2020 Budget

View Budget Presentation You're invited to Grant PUD's Public Hearings on the 2020 budget.  We welcome you to join us at one of the following locations: ​October 8, 2019 2:00 p.m. Ephrata Headquarters Commission Room​ 30 C Street SW, Ephrata, WA 98823 October 8, 20196:00 p.m.Grant PUD's Moses Lake Office Auditorium312 W 3rd Avenue, M...

Continue reading
  5748 Hits

Commission recap 08/27/2019, Higher market prices, reduced spending spur improved 2019 budget outlook

Grant PUD is expected to end the year with a bottom line more than $18 million greater than originally budgeted, spurred by higher-than-forecast wholesale prices from the sale of surplus electricity and reduced capital costs, commissioners learned Tuesday. The latest forecast through June (second quarter 2019) predicts a bottom line of $76.1 millio...

Continue reading
  5541 Hits

Regional effort to eradicate Northern Pike needs you

By Christine Pratt, Grant PUD Public AffairsLAKE ROOSEVELT — Enjoy fishing for salmon? Then please help eradicate the invasive Northern Pike. The Grant, Chelan and Douglas PUDs are contributing to an effort by tribes and state agencies to control this voracious predator that, if not contained, could set back decades of salmon recovery efforts acros...

Continue reading
  12371 Hits

Commission recap 08/13/2019, Wheeling agreement with irrigators extended for another year

Grant County irrigators who draw their water from the federal Columbia Basin Project irrigation system will pay the same "wheeling" fee for one more year to transport over Grant PUD power lines the federal electricity they need to power their water pumps. Grant County PUD commissioners unanimously approved the extension of an existing agreement wit...

Continue reading
  6080 Hits

GEARUP makes field trip to Crescent Bar

I would like to take the time to let you know that we had an awesome experience touring the Crescent Bar Recreation site on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Our 9th grade Ephrata/Soap Lake High School Summer Program students were able to see the environmental impacts that occur while making land improvements. This opportunity assisted them in completing a p...

Continue reading
  5923 Hits

Come visit us at the Grant County Fair!

 Grant PUD will be set up with games and giveaways galore!August 13-17, 2019Grant County Fairgrounds3953 Airway Dr NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837

  5960 Hits

Summer Energy Saving Tips

TEMPERATURE If you have air conditioning, set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. A recommended 78 degrees if you are home and warmer if you are away.Reduce your electric water heater to 120 degrees. FANS Use ceiling and other portable room fans to increase your cooling efficiency without having to lower your thermostat. Be sure to tur...

Continue reading
  5591 Hits

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...

Continue reading
  7471 Hits

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...

Continue reading
  6270 Hits

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 ...

Continue reading
  5701 Hits

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 ...

Continue reading
  5456 Hits

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...

Continue reading
  5610 Hits

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...

Continue reading
  6487 Hits