A PUD is a community-owned not-for-profit utility formed by a vote of the people. PUDs are governed by a nonpartisan, locally elected board of commissioners. Commissioners responsibilities include setting rates, estabishing policy, approving budgets and and providing direction for the operation of the utility. Commissioners serve a six-year term.
Grays Harbor PUD Commissioners meet bi-weekly in open session where members of the public can observe and participate in the decision-making process. Grays Harbor PUD Commission meetings are held every other Monday beginning at 4:30pm in the Dennis Nichols Building, located at 220 Myrtle Street in Hoquiam. Prior to the meeting, the Commisioners hold a "war room" session during which issues impacting the PUD are discussed (war room starts at 3pm) and a wo rksession beginning at 3:30pm. The war room and worksession sessions are open to the public.
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Grays Harbor PUD Service Area
Grays Harbor PUD provides electrical service to most of Grays Harbor County, and small portions of Jefferson County, Pacific, and Lewis Counties. Click here to view a map of our service area.
A Brief History of Grays Harbor PUD
The Grays Harbor Public Utility District No. 1 was formed by a vote of the people of Grays Harbor County in 1938. Bonds were sold, backed by the good faith of the people of Grays Harbor, to purchase facilities from Grays Harbor Railway and Light and Puget Sound Power & Light, both private companies. The takeover of private facilities was not voluntary and placing a value on those facilities was the principal reason for the delay between that vote and the first power served by the District. A bond sale was required because the District condemned those private electrical facilities and had to purchase them. The first electrical power that was formally supplied by the District was in January 1940. Residential rates prior to the District's operation were $0.055 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Wages at the time averaged $0.60 per hour. After the District started providing electric service, rates were reduced to $0.0385 per kWh. Today the residential rate is $0.0807 per kWh.
What this means is that in 1939 electricity cost rate payers over 9% of their wages. When the PUD took over that dropped to 6.4%. Today electricity costs only 0.63% (less than 1%) of the average wage. While electric rates have only increased a small amount since then, wages over the same period have increased over 1,700%. Now, wages are 22 times higher on average and electricity is not even 1 times higher. People couldn't afford to have the luxuries provided by electricity in 1940, nor were many available. Now nearly everything in your home that provides entertainment, or has taken the drudgery out of maintaining a household is electric or powered by electricity. Electricity usage has increased by over 500% in the average American home since World War II, this coupled with recent rate increases, is the reason for higher electric bills.
Our mission: Serve our community with high value utility services at the lowest practical cost.
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 8:00-5:00