A review by the Washington State Auditor’s office has found the Grays Harbor PUD to be in compliance with the mandated standards of the Energy Independence Act.  Passed in 2006 as Initiative 937, the act requires utilities with 25,000 or more customers to receive nine percent of its energy supply from renewable sources like solar, wind or bio-mass generations.  A review of the 2016 and 2017 totals found the utility achieved those goals with 80,918 MWh in 2016 and 80,273 MWh in 2017 from various wind projects, including the Coastal Energy Wind Project in Grayland.

The Auditor’s review also found the PUD to be in compliance with energy conservation standards set out in the EIA.  Reviewing the period from January 2016 to December 2017, the audit found the PUD met the conservation target of 6,482 megawatt-hours.

 

Grays Harbor PUD crews will take an emergency power outage in Moclips on Tuesday from 8:30 - 11:30 AM.  The outage will impact around 40 customers on Railroad Ave(including 4th, 5th and 6th Streets) and Pacific Ave.  Impacted customers have received a phone call notifying them of the outage.  
 
During the outage, crews will complete the replacement of 11 poles to better serve system reliability.  
 

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

The outage time of 3 hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at anytime as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period of time.

A strong partnership between neighboring utilities is a benefit to the customers they serve.  Last month, the citizens of Aberdeen were the beneficiaries of such a relationship.  On December 20th, the City of Aberdeen Public Works Department and the Grays Harbor PUD came together to make repairs to the Fry Creek Pump Station helping avoid potentially damaging flooding to homes and businesses in West Aberdeen caused by high tides and storm runoff.  Last week, the Aberdeen City Council recognized the two entities for that cooperation and the impact it had on the community.

“The plan was carried out by public works and PUD crews on very short notice, requiring significant overtime and night work,” said City Councilwoman and Public Works Committee Chair Dee Ann Shaw.   “Their prompt and dedicated service made a huge difference.”

“The PUD came together like no agency has ever done for us,” said Aberdeen Public Works Director Rick Sangder.  “They were fantastic and the new system actually works better than the old one.”

“It benefits our customers and the community that we have a good relationship and work together,” said PUD Operations Director Steve Easton.  “People may not see it, but our crews are working together all the time.”

The Grays Harbor PUD Customers Service office, switchboard and drive-thru will be closing at 4pm on Monday, Dec. 31 to begin year end processing.  The office will remain closed on Jan 1 for the New Years Day holiday and will open again on Wednesday, Jan 2 at 8 am.  Have a save and Happy New Year.

Businesses looking for a solid working relationship between commerce and utility interests were given a prime example in progress on Tuesday.  For the first time in recent memory, the commission boards of the Port of Grays Harbor and the Grays Harbor PUD met in joint session to discuss a pair of economic development opportunities and their potential impact on the county.

“For Grays Harbor to succeed, cooperation between community, business and utility interests is critical,” said PUD Commission President Arie Callaghan.  “The two projects that were discussed today at this joint meeting are a great example of what happens when two groups with a shared goal come together.”

The meeting included a report from Sound and Sea Technology on the financial and technical feasibility of landing a transoceanic telecommunication cable in Grays Harbor.  The report indicated that the cable project, in conjunction with a Satsop Business Park-based data support center, could be a good fit for Grays Harbor.

“There’s land. There is power.  There is potential.  Grays Harbor can be a digital port,” said Sound and Sea Technologies Chelsea Meggitt.

The meeting concluded with a report from PUD Engineering Director Schuyler Burkhart on a joint effort by the Port and PUD to increase power capacity at the Satsop Business Park.  The two groups are currently working with Grays Harbor County and the Bonneville Power Administration on a system study for a proposal, that when completed would immediately bring a further 40 megawatts of power capacity to Satsop, with room for future capacity growth.

“The cooperation between the Port, PUD, Grays Harbor County and BPA is driving us to a position where we can make Satsop the hub for economic development we all envision it to be,” said Burkhart.  “Partnerships and meetings like this one send a positive message about the business climate that exists in Grays Harbor.”


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