The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers on a portion of Mox Chehalis Road and the surrounding area of a planned power outage beginning at 8:00 AM on June 27, 2018.  The outage is expected to last until roughly 6:00 PM and will impact around 133 customers.

The outage will impact customers from 1143 Mox Chehalis Road north to State Route 8 and east to the Straddleline ORV Park.  Also impacted will be customers on roads adjacent to Mox Chehalis Road, including Foreman Road, Heslap Road, Mox Chehalis Road East, Mox Chehalis Branch Road and La Belle Lane.  In addition, customers on William McCleary and Cooper Roads, Marissa Lane and Maple Drive will also be impacted.  In the days leading up to the event, all impacted customers will receive telephone messages from the PUD notifying them of the upcoming outage.

The outage is necessary as the PUD coordinates with Grays Harbor County crews to relocate utilities to facilitate a bridge repair/replacement project.

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 10 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.

Telephone scammers are renewing their calls targeting Grays Harbor PUD customers, threatening to shut-off their power if payments are not immediately made on accounts that they claim are delinquent.  PUD Customer Service staff have received multiple calls from commercial customers in Westport reporting they had been contacted by callers claiming to be with the PUD and demanding payment. 

Recipients of such fraudulent phone calls and mailings should under no circumstances agree to send money to the callers or give them bank account, credit card or other information. Rather, they are advised to contact PUD Customer Service at 360-532-4220 to verify the claim and to contact the office of their local law enforcement agency.

Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners President Arie Callaghan has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of Energy Northwest, a public power consortium formed by the state Legislature and based in the Tri-Cities.  As a member of the 11-member Executive Board, Callaghan will oversee operations of Energy Northwest and work with the agency’s Executive Director.   

“I appreciate the support of the Energy Northwest Board of Directors and look forward to working with the Executive Board and Executive Director in moving Energy Northwest forward,” said Callaghan.

A resident of Elma, Callaghan was first elected to the Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners in 2012 and was appointed to the Energy Northwest Board of Directors in 2014.  In 2015 he was elected as the board assistant secretary; and in 2017 as board secretary.  He will officially join the Executive Board on June 17.

Based in the Tri-Cities, Energy Northwest owns and operates four electricity generating facilities: the Columbia Generating Station nuclear energy facility in Richland, the Nine Canyon Wind Project, the Packwood Lake Hydro Electric Project and the White Bluffs Solar Station.  Their Executive Board is made up of five member utility representatives, three gubernatorial appointees and three public sector representatives.

 

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers on a portion of the North Shore Road of Lake Quinault of a planned power outage beginning at 10:00 AM on April 17, 2018.  The outage is expected to last until roughly 2:00 PM of that day and will impact around 90 customers.

The outage will impact customers on the North Shore Road from the Kamp Kiwanis to the end of the road.  In the days leading up to the event, all impacted customers will receive telephone messages from the PUD notifying them of the upcoming outage.

During the outage, PUD crews will replace a span of overhead wire providing power to the impacted 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 time of 4 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.

 

Several significant weather events at the beginning and end of the year led to an increase in the number of power outages for the Grays Harbor PUD in 2017.  While the number of major outages fell from 369 in 2016 to 315, the total number of customers impacted jumped from 59,334 in 2016 to 73,337.  That total equaled 264,624 hours in which customers were without power, a sharp rise from 2016 totals.

The 2017 numbers were impacted by several large scale events in which power was out for a large numbers of customers.  In all, 19 of the major outages recorded impacted 53,666 customers or 73% of the yearly total.  Among those was the January 17thdowning of eight transmission poles on State Route 105 that knocked out power to all of the South Beach area and the November 13thstorm that knocked out power to 8,148 customers in North Grays Harbor, the South Beach and Central Park.

“Living on the Washington coast, we can expect wind storms to have a major impact on our utility system.  While 2017 was a tough year, I think it also tells a story about the toughness and dedication of our crews and utility staff,” said Board of Commissioners President Arie Callaghan.  “When a storm hit, they worked together to make a plan and then carried it out.  In this way, we were able to restore power to our customers as quickly and safely as possible.”

Downed trees, wind and storm impacts continue to be the main causes of power outages in Grays Harbor, resulting in 73% of the 2017 outage total.   The most commonly impacted areas were the North and South Shore Roads of Lake Quinault, the Wynoochee Valley and Black Creek Roads near Montesano, and the South Union Road in Elma.

“These numbers emphasize the importance of our capital budget and the need to continue our vegetation management cycle,” said Callaghan.  “By putting our resources into strengthening high outage areas and regularly trimming trees and mowing undergrowth near our lines, we reduce the likelihood of major outages and fulfill our responsibility to provide reliable service to our customers.”



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