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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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Commission Recap 02/26/19, Commissioners consider no rate increase for PUD customers

Commissioners Tuesday agreed not to increase electric rates this year for most customer classes to give themselves a year to study potential rate-setting policy changes and the results of a new cost-of-service study expected to be finished by year's end. (3:28:50 on the commission audio) The proposal does not apply to the new Rate Schedule 17 for "...

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Commission recap 02/12/2019, Flat 1-percent rate increase eyed

Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday tentatively agreed to deviate from a rate policy in place since 2013 and support a flat 1-percent rate increase across all customer types, starting April 1. The decision won't become final until they vote on it at an upcoming meeting. Commissioners had been considering alternatives to the already budgeted 2-percent r...

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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....

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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 power EPHRATA — 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 audit Federal 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. Gran...

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Commission recap, 01/08/2019

New year, new commissioners and officers at Grant PUD Judy 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 t...

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Commission recap, 12/11/18

Top Stories:Decision delayed on proposed contract for general manager Grant 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 lea...

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Commission recap, 11/27/18

Top Stories Fiber to get $12.6 million more in 2019 budget Commissioners 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...

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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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