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Greater Grays Harbor Energy program continued

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Greater Grays Harbor Energy, the Washington State University program that started this January, has been continued through September due to its great success at curbing energy usage, helping local businesses, and encouraging economic development.

The program subsidizes HomePLUS Energy Audits, which use specialized equipment to find out exactly where your home has leaks and cold spots that waste energy and money, and helps you learn what energy efficiency upgrades you need most.

Last quarter Greater Grays Harbor Energy completed 55 HomePLUS audits, which led to $21,000 in rebates for home improvements. In all, $131,000 in private funds were spent locally among ten local contractors and four retail home improvement stores. As a result of these upgrades, homeowners are estimated to save an average of 5,593 kWhe (kilowatt hour equivalents) per year per home (or $413.00 annually).

Planned Power Outage Next Week

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Grays Harbor PUD plans to conduct a planned power outage that will impact the Summit Village Apartments (about 47 customers) located at 212 North “F” Street in Elma on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. The outage is planned to begin at 10am and last approximately four hours. The purpose for the outage is to repair an underground wire.  

 

Customers within the planned outage area are advised to protect sensitive electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items and leaving them disconnected until power is fully restored.  In addition, customers are advised that the length of the outage (4 hours) is an estimate and power could be restored at anytime. Therefore, please take necessary precautions if there are plans to do electrical work or repairs during that period of time. 

Contract Worker Rescued Under Power Lines

ABERDEEN, Wash. - First responders had to get a man hoist working again before they could get to an electrocuted contract worker semi-conscious just below active lines on 1st street today. Captain Jr. Streifel tells us crews were able to get the motor to the man hoist working and get the patient half way from the power lines to the ground, rescue was accomplished with a 24 foot ladder and the patient's safety harness.
The Aberdeen Fire Department transported the man to Community Hospital with life threatening injuries, he was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
Liz Anderson with the Grays Harbor PUD tells us crews were called to the area in response to an outage impacting about 40 customers around 11 Saturday morning. The PUD's preliminary investigation indicated that a contractor working on a lift in the area came into contact with a power line.
Power was restored to the area just before 2pm.

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