Attempts to Modify Energy Independence Act Come up Short in Legislature
Friday, 17 May 2013 14:36

The Energy Independence Act, approved by voters as Initiative 937 in 2006, requires that utilities with at least 25,000 customers (like Grays Harbor PUD) meet certain standards for renewable energy and conservation.

The Act requires us to identify and achieve all cost-effective conservation, and to include a certain percentage of “qualifying” renewable energy in the power we sell to our customers – 3% starting in 2012, going up to 9% in 2016, and 15% in 2020. Hydropower, which makes up over 90% of the power we sell to customers, is not considered a qualifying renewable resource under the Act, which means we have to acquire additional resources or renewable energy credits (RECs) to comply with the law.

Your PUD has always supported conservation and renewable energy. The challenge is that we are a slow-growing utility and we don’t currently need additional resources to serve our customers. Acquiring resources or credits we don’t need only adds costs to our customers’ bills. This is why Grays Harbor, along with a number of other Washington utilities, has been actively seeking common sense changes to the law for the past few years.

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Board of Commissioners names Interim General Manager
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:46

The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners announced today that Doug Streeter will serve as Interim General Manager while the search process for a new General Manager continues.  Doug Streeter currently serves as the PUD’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He is responsible for managing the District’s Accounting Department as well as the investment of District funds. In addition, Mr. Streeter chairs the PUD’s Risk Management Committee which oversees management of the PUD’s power portfolio.   Doug Streeter has been with the District for nine years.

 

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Get Your Free Audit!
Friday, 16 March 2012 13:59

It may not be the best time of year to mention “audits.” While mentioning the word audit during tax season may make some people break out into a cold sweat, there’s another kind of audit that can leave a smile on your face. Your Grays Harbor PUD offers free energy audits that can help you save energy and money on your power bill.

Call Grays Harbor PUD Energy Services at 360-538-6383 and arrange for your free energy audit today. We’ll review your energy usage and send an energy advisor to your home or business to do a thorough inspection from top to bottom, showing you ways to improve your energy efficiency and where you may be wasting watts. They’ll also tell you about the PUD’s rebate and low-interest loan programs to help make energy efficiency improvements more affordable.

Your Grays Harbor PUD is here to help you use energy as efficiently as possible. We look forward to serving you with a free energy audit!  Call Energy Services today at 360-538-6383 to arrange for your free audit.

 
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Commissioner's Corner

Russ Skolrood, District Three Commissioner

Recently the administrative team along with the Commissioners worked on a strategic plan for the Grays Harbor PUD. I have worked on strategic planning before but I was impressed with the process and the initial outcome of this important planning effort. Strategic plans are too often just words and catch phrases that businesses put on the wall to show that they have a general focus for their business.

For me, a strategic plan should set the direction for all of your actions and business decisions in the future. A powerful strategic plan does not just involve management but should have the added power of having buy-in from all your employees and customers. We are on our way to developing a very strong plan at Grays Harbor PUD because we are working hard at focusing on the reason we are in our industry. We are also making sure that we are involving all the stakeholders in the process so that the whole “Team” is on the same page and rowing the boat in the same direction. Grays Harbor PUD is here to deliver safe, reliable power at the most practical cost.

 

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