For the fifth consecutive time, the Grays Harbor PUD has been found to be in compliance with the energy conservation requirements of the Energy Independence Act. In an examination by the Washington State Auditor’s Office, it was reported that for the 2018-19 biennium, the PUD acquired “at least 14,708 MWh of energy conservation savings, exceeding the Commissioner-adopted 2018-2019 target of 12,790 MWh.”
Passed by the voters in November of 2006, the Energy Independence Act requires utilities with more than 25,000 customers to meet targets for renewable energy and energy conservation. Working with residential, industrial and commercial customers, the PUD Energy Services staff help achieve conservation goals by identifying areas where equipment and structural improvements or better energy practices can contribute to more efficient energy use and cost savings.
“I’m just very proud of Melinda James-Saffron and our Energy Services Department for all the work they put into this,” said PUD Board President Russ Skolrood. “For me, the real benefit of this is to our customers. If we can help them to save money and get the most out of the energy they are using while being in compliance with the EIA, that makes it a worthwhile program.”
The PUD was complimented by the Auditor’s office for their cooperation and working within requirements of the COVID-19 response.
“It went very smooth and I really appreciate the effort,” said Program Manager Tom Bernard.