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Standoff give PUD commissioner hands-on experience in cutting power

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

These days, many people have two jobs, but not often do they intersect. Certainly not the way they did on Wednesday for Grays Harbor Public Utility District Commissioner Dave Timmons.

In addition to representing District Two on the Grays Harbor PUD Board, Timmons is also the Deputy Police Chief for the City of Aberdeen. On Wednesday morning, Timmons was participating in the response to an armed man barricaded in a home on the 2000 block of Harding Road in South Aberdeen. When law enforcement asked PUD crews to cut power to the home in an attempt to end the standoff, Timmons and PUD Line Superintendent Steve Easton devised a plan to shut the power off to the home, without impacting surrounding homes.

“At first it appeared the only solution was to turn off all the power on Harding Road, which would impact around 350 customers,” Timmons recalled. “I wasn’t really comfortable with impacting that many homes, so Steve came up with a way to cut the power at the pole.”

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

Grays Harbor PUD warns customers to beware of phone scam

Grays Harbor PUD

ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is warning customers to be aware of a phone scam in which callers are posing as PUD employees and demanding payments on overdue accounts.

 

PUD Customer Service Manager Randy Schmidt says the PUD has received several reports from businesses and individuals who have received calls from people claiming to be employees of the PUD and threatening to shut off a customer’s power if they do not immediately pay a certain amount of money.

 

“Customers need to beware of scams like this,” said Schmidt.  “If you receive a call demanding immediate payment, we urge you to immediately contact PUD staff to verify that the call was genuine.  Under no circumstances should you make a payment of any kind to callers without first checking to see that they are legitimate representatives of the PUD who can verify your account information and exact amount owing, both current and past due.”

 

Law enforcement agencies say their offices have received similar reports of callers claiming to represent television and phone providers, public utilities and magazine companies, demanding immediate payment.  Other scams include forged bills and parking tickets left on cars and in mail boxes.  Recipients of such fraudulent calls and mailings are advised to first contact company officials to verify the claim and to contact the office of your local law enforcement agency.

Grays Harbor PUD reports total power outages down in 2013

Grays Harbor PUD

ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District power infrastructure performed admirably in 2013. Working against recent trends, the total number of power outages and total number of customer hours without power were down in 2013, according to a report presented to the PUD commissioners on Tuesday.

“This is great news for the district and our customers,” said PUD Board President Russ Skolrood. “Having a reliable system is of the utmost importance and there are still improvements that can be made, but I am proud of the advances made by our maintenance crews in 2013.”

2013 saw PUD crews respond to 563 total outages, which is 11 percent lower than the five-year average and well below the 2012 total of 731. Those outages left customers without power for a total of 154,092 hours – 14 percent below the five-year average. September was the busiest month for PUD crews with 101 outages, while system burnouts (line fuse, transformer fuse or failed conductor) were the leading causes of outages with 87. Scheduled outages had the biggest impact on customer hours (53,045).

Weather related outages made up a large portion of the 2013 totals, with 49 outages attributed to broken or fallen trees, 35 attributed to lightning strikes, 24 attributed to storms and 19 attributed to wind.

“There are some power outages we can work to avoid through tree trimming and vegetation management,” said Skolrood. “Moving forward we will review these causes to ensure that we are improving data for tree trimming and asset management to build on system reliability.”

Some stations throughout the system were more impacted than others. The Montesano station suffered the highest number of outages with 68. Ocean Shores suffered 67, the Elma 12-Kv station had 64 outages and the Cedarville station reported 59.

PUD power outages down in 2013

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District power infrastructure performed admirably in 2013. Working against recent trends, the total number of power outages and total number of customer hours without power were down in 2013, according to a report presented to the PUD commissioners on Tuesday.

“This is great news for the district and our customers,” said PUD Board President Russ Skolrood. “Having a reliable system is of the utmost importance and there are still improvements that can be made, but I am proud of the advances made by our maintenance crews in 2013.”

2013 saw PUD crews respond to 563 total outages, which is 11 percent lower than the five-year average and well below the 2012 total of 731. Those outages left customers without power for a total of 154,092 hours – 14 percent below the five-year average. September was the busiest month for PUD crews with 101 outages, while system burnouts (line fuse, transformer fuse or failed conductor) were the leading causes of outages with 87. Scheduled outages had the biggest impact on customer hours (53,045).

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

Crews responding to Tokeland outage

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

Grays Harbor PUD crews are responding to a power outage in the Tokeland area. The outage is impacting the area from Pine Street south to the docks and is impacting roughly 100 customers. There is no estimated time for power restoration.

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

Power outage on Wishkah Valley Rd.

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

PUD crews estimate that around 300 customers on the Wishkah Valley Rd have been impacted by a power outage. Crews are working to restore power to those customers but have no estimate as to when that restoration will occur.

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

PUD responds to outages in Quinault, Kalaloch and Humptulips

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

Grays Harbor PUD crews are responding to multiple outages as a strong storm system crosses the coast.

Crews are working to restore power to roughly 840 customers in the Lake Quinault and Kalaloch area. There is no estimated time for restoration.

Crews are working to restore power to customers north of Axford Prairie. The outage is impacting roughly 271 customers and there is no estimated time for restoration.

The PUD will continue to provide updates throughout the night.

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

Outage - Tokeland

By [email protected] (Tracy Dugas)

The PUD is responding to outage in the Tokeland area. The cause of the outage is a tree down on lines impacting 200 customers. No estimate for restoration at this time.

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

Crews conducting emergency repairs in Grayland

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

Grays Harbor PUD crews will be conducting a planned power outage on Sunday afternoon in the Grayland area. Due to intermittent outages, crews will be conducting emergency repairs in an area between Washaway Beach and Tokeland, impacting around 350 customers. The outage is expected to begin between 11:30 am and 12:30pm and is expected to last for two to three hours.

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

    

PUD Commissioners pick a new Community and Government Relations Director

The Grays Harbor PUD Commissioners have picked their new Community and Government Relations Director and they picked someone who has already excelled at both on the harbor, Ian Cope.
Cope said after his first meeting on that side of the table yesterday “It’s great to come back to the harbor, and I look forward to working with everyone here to do everything we can to let people know what’s happening with their power system, why things are happening, and why it’s important.
Former News Director for Grays Harbor Radio, and most recently Broadcast Coordinator for the Senate Democratic Caucus in Olympia, he said his experience spans the issues of public power. “I’ve seen a number of the committee hearings and heard a number of the bills go before those committees and seen how important they are and how passionate people are about it. There’s a lot of education that needs to take place, people need to know what’s being done here and I’m looking forward to being the person to do that.
Cope said he looks forward to working with his predecessor Liz Anderson, she also held both positions and now holds a similar position with the Washington PUD Association. Cope lives in Montesano, and never really left the airwaves – he announces high school sports on another radio station who’s name escapes me.