Grays Harbor PUD telecom and line crews have worked together to hang over 30,000 feet of utility fiber cable running from Elma to the Shouweiller Road, a crucial step toward the completion of the East County Fiber Project. When completed the line will provide the backbone of a state funded stretch of telecommunications line that will improve fiber optic cable connections to the Elma and Satsop School Districts, the Schouweiller industrial park and local homes and businesses.
The project was funded by $463-thousand dollars of the state’s 2017-19 Capital Budget, approved by the state legislature in January of last year. In addition, to the East County project, legislators have been debating and fine tuning other legislation designed to expand and improve internet services in rural Washington.
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.
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.