The energy sold by the Grays Harbor Public Utility District is nearly 96% carbon free, according to an annual report released by the Washington State Department of Commerce. In the 2020 Fuel Mix Disclosure Report, the Grays Harbor PUD energy portfolio is made up of 83.94% hydropower, 10.82% nuclear power, 0.89% biomass generation, giving the PUD an energy supply that is 95.65% free of carbon emissions – a key component in the Washington state plan to reach 100% clean energy by 2045. The remaining 4.35% is labeled as “unspecified” by the Department of Commerce and is made up of “power purchases where the generation facility and fuel source information is not known.”
In accordance with the requirements of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), passed by the Washington State Legislature in the spring of 2019, the Grays Harbor PUD is publishing the DRAFT version of the CETA Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) for public review and comment. The plan is accompanied by a Clean Energy Implementation Plan Customer Benefits Survey.
The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is seeking public comment on the proposed boundaries for the three districts represented by the PUD Board of Commissioners. The proposed PUD districts are identical to the boundaries adopted by the Grays Harbor County Commissioners on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The PUD will accept comments on the proposed boundaries until 5pm on Monday, December 20, 2021.
The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners have approved the utility budget for 2022. The $123.4-million spending plan includes $65.9-million in power purchases and $11-million in capital expenses to maintain and improve the utility system.
“Hats off to PUD staff for putting together a very solid budget for the coming year,” said Board Vice President Jon Martin. “I think this positions the PUD well to ride out the pandemic and come out on a solid foundation.”
While the 2022 budget projects a 2% rate increase for planning purposes, the utility will wait to implement the increase until April. The delay will allow the utility to factor in elements like winter revenue and river flow, both of which are important factors in determining revenue needs.
“This is a case of ‘plan for the worst and hope for the best.’ I hope that we will be able to avoid a rate increase, but we have to wait and see how the outside factors play out before we make that decision,” said Board President Arie Callaghan.
The 2022 capital expenses of $11-million represent an increase of $500-thousand over 2021 totals. The budget is divided between five areas that allow the PUD to maintain services to customers: $4.4-million for the distribution system, $2.2-million for the transmission system, $2.1-million for work on utility substations, $1.3-million for telecom, facilities, and I.T. systems and $800-thousand for the PUD fleet. 71% of the budget will be spent on equipment replacement, 22% on work requested by customers, and 7% on new construction and equipment.
“When you live on the Washington coast, you have to have a system that can stand up to the elements,” said Board Secretary Dave Timmons. “This includes being committed to the vegetation management cycle that keeps undergrowth and dangerous trees away from the power lines and maintenance that strengthens the system. This budget has been put together with that in mind.”
The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers of a planned power outage on the Lund Rd, south of Cosmopolis. The outage will begin at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, November 10 and is expected to last until noon. The impacted areas will be roughly 40 homes on the Lund Rd, Old Lund Rd and the far end of Hilliard Lane. All impacted customers will receive notification phone calls from the PUD.
The outage will allow crews to continue pole replacement work on the lines that provide power to the area.
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 three 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.