The PUD has multiple COVID-19 Assistance Program for customers who need assistance paying their bills due to economic hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Disconnects for non-payment and late fees are currently suspended per Governor's Proclamation 20-23.7.

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers in Lake Quinault of a brief planned power outage impacting 19 customers on the North Shore Road.  The outage will begin at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 9th and is expected to last until noon and will effect customers from 490 to 1270 North Shore Road.  All impacted customers will receive a notification phone call from the PUD.

The outage is part of an ongoing project by the PUD to conduct system maintenance and replace aging poles.

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

The Grays Harbor PUD has selected Magellan Advisors to conduct a broadband feasibility study that will explore the options for bringing high-speed internet service to communities along Highway 12 in East Grays Harbor County. The study will forge a path for improving connectivity and digital equity in the communities of Oakville, Porter, Malone, Cedarville, South Elma, and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.

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.

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers in Ocean Shores of a planned power outage impacting a small section of Ocean Shores Blvd.  The outage will begin at 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 14 and is expected to last until 6:00 AM on Friday, January 15 and will affect roughly 47 properties, two of which are multi-unit vacation condominiums.  Those impacted are residents on the 1300-block of Ocean Shores Blvd, including the Worldmark property, and the Vacation International property at 1401 Ocean Shores Blvd.  All impacted customers will receive a notification phone call from the PUD.

The outage is part of an ongoing project by the PUD to conduct system maintenance.

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

The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners has completed the hiring process of the utility’s next general manager.  On Monday, the board passed a resolution officially naming Schuyler Burkhart to the office. Burkhart has served as the PUD Engineering Director since 2014 and will replace Dave Ward, who will retire from the PUD at the end of February.

“I am grateful to the board for their support and confidence and excited for the opportunity to serve the Grays Harbor community,” said Burkhart.  “Working together, we move into the PUD’s 81st year, focusing on the safe and reliable delivery of power, telecommunications, and energy services.”

Over the next two months, Burkhart will serve as Assistant General Manager, working with Ward to transition into the leadership role that he will officially assume on March 1st.