ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Grays Harbor PUD is proposing a rate increase of 3.75%, which would take effect on January 1, 2014. A proposal will be presented to the Commissioners at their next meeting December 16, 2013 as part of the 2014 budget. For the average residential customer, it will add about $4.11 to their monthly bill.
The PUD is facing almost $2 million in increased power costs this coming year, mostly due to the Bonneville Power Administration, from whom the District purchases most of their power, raising their transmission rates by 11% and their power rates by 9% this past October. The utility’s capital budget also calls for $10 million in expenditures deemed necessary to replace aging electrical equipment and to maintain the system.
General Manager Dave Ward is working with staff to lower costs and postpone projects into future budget years when possible. “The PUD staff has worked hard to reduce our budget as a means to mitigate the impacts felt from external costs. We will continue to look for ways to reduce expenses while not negatively impacting our ability to provide safe and reliable service,” Ward said.
Prior to July 2014, the PUD will evaluate the need for an additional rate adjustment of up to 1.75%.
HOQUIAM, Wash. - Harbor Paper LLC today announced the acquisition of the former Grays Harbor Paper Mill located in Hoquiam, Washington. The new owners expect to take possession of the facility immediately and begin producing paper within 45 days.
Harbor Paper LLC will specialize in manufacturing uncoated, free-sheet recycled paper using renewable energy sources. The business focus will be on providing high-quality paper at reasonable prices to customers throughout the western United States.
"It's hard to overstate what a milestone it is to have another shuttered mill reopen on the Harbor," said Tim Gibbs, CEO of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. " This was a complex deal that took a great deal of work. We were able to make it happen thanks to the many partners that were able to come together, including Grays Harbor PUD, the City of Hoquiam, the state Department of Commerce, and WorkSource. We also owe special thanks to the receiver, Richard Hooper of Pivotal Solutions whose efforts were instrumental in bringing this deal to fruition,” added Gibbs.
Another key player in the resurrection of the mill was John Begley, former President of Grays Harbor Paper. Begley worked diligently for over a year to find the right organization to acquire the mill, resume operations, and breathe new life into the 83-year-old facility.
"We are excited about bringing this opportunity to the area,” commented Begley, now President and CEO of Harbor Paper. “The jobs created by Harbor Paper will benefit many individuals and their families. We look forward to creating a great work environment where each employee is rewarded for his or her role in making Harbor Paper a success and a company we can all be proud of.”
Applications for employment at the new facility will be accepted exclusively on Harbor Paper’s website at www.harborpaper.com. The local WorkSource office located at 511 W. Heron St. in Aberdeen will conduct the post application testing.
SHELTON, Wash. - Mason County PUD No. 3 commissioners Wednesday conducted a public hearing on proposed electricity rate increases. The financial impacts of looming renewable energy purchases and an increase in price for wholesale electricity supplies purchased from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) are among the main reasons PUD 3 is considering increases this year.
The adoption of the 2012 budget in December anticipated a retail electricity rate increase, which includes a three percent change in the cost for energy consumption and a ten cent per day increase in the daily customer charge. The last increase in electrical rates was in 2009.
Commissioners will consider adoption of new rates at their April 10 regular business meeting.
ABERDEEN, Wash. - A tree through a transmission line is the cause of an outage that is impacting approximately 4,300 customers in the South Beach area of Grays Harbor County. The Outage occurred just before 8pm and is impacting the Westport, Grayland and Tokeland areas as well as the Johns River area. Crews have been dispatched to make repairs. Estimated time for restoration of power is approximately midnight. This is an estimate only and, depending on the damage, repairs could take longer.
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Last weekend more than 100 Harbor residents met to "Hunt The Harbor" an event organized by this year's Leadership Grays Harbor. The event, modeled after The Amazing Race, raised more than $5,000 dollars for local charities. [...] as well as more than $2,000 raised for the United way at a spaghetti feed that followed the event.
Last weekend more than 100 Harbor residents met to "Hunt The Harbor" an event organized by this year's Leadership Grays Harbor. The event, modeled after The Amazing Race, raised more than $5,000 dollars for local charities.
[...] as well as more than $2,000 raised for the United way at a spaghetti feed that followed the event.
Meeting to focus on potential impacts of Bonneville Power Administration proposed rate increase and economic slowdown
Aberdeen- Grays Harbor PUD has scheduled a public meeting focusing on the economic challenges the utility currently faces that may impact customer rates.
Grays Harbor PUD is facing a proposed rate increase by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) of 9.4% for the power the PUD purchases from them. About 78% of Grays Harbor PUD’s total power resources come from BPA, and increases in BPA’s rate will have a direct impact on the PUD’s costs.
In addition, the national recession is affecting the PUD as it is everyone else. Grays Harbor PUD has a good track record of selling surplus power in Western electricity markets and using that revenue to reduce or prevent rate increases. But when market power prices are down, that means revenues from surplus power sales will be down. With the decline in the economy, the PUD is projecting decreased revenues from the sale of surplus power.
The outage will begin once crews arrive at the scene with materials, which is expected to be about 7:30pm (updated time) this evening (Tuesday, July 28). The duration of the outage is expected to be about 3 hours.
The area that will be impacted by the outage is located south of Porter and east to Anderson Road. This includes Oakville, South Bank Road and Highway 12, and the Cedarville area.