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Grays Harbor PUD adopts rate increase, will revisit second increase in July

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Rates are on the rise at the Grays Harbor PUD, General Manager Dave Ward tells us the increasing cost of power from the Bonneville Power Administration is just one factor "You know we have aging infrastructure, we've got to continue to put our dollars back into our system. We have some retirements coming up too, so we've got to start planning for a little bit of succession planning. So we've put some focus on that, back to the basics of providing good service.
Ward said the utility will revisit a possible second rate increase in the coming summer. "We've elected to split that, see how we do through the winter with the wholesale power market. See other ways we could reduce our costs, and try to reduce as much as we can come July.
For the average residential customer, the 3.75% increase will add about $4.11 to their monthly bill, effective January first.
As we reported earlier this month, 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.

Fatigued Driver Knocks Out Power For 700 in Grayland

TOKELAND, Wash. - Driving While Fatigued was the cause cited when State Patrol reports a 90 year old Tokeland woman left the roadway travelling southbound on State Route 105 and struck a utility pole.
The collision yesterday afternoon knocked out power for 700 Grayland customers for about 6 hours while Grays Harbor PUD crews replaced the pole. The driver suffered a broken arm and was transported to Community Hospital.

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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