The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners have approved an increase in customer rates which will be effective on September 1st.  The 2.5% increase was approved during Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

“Today’s action allows the PUD to absorb a number of factors impacting our bottom line, including over $2 million in increased rates from the Bonneville Power Administration and a warmer than expected winter which lowered the utility’s power use,” said Commission Vice President Dave Timmons.  “Increasing rates is not something the commissioners take lightly and I appreciate all the work the utility staff has done to lessen the impact of this increase and keep with our mission of providing services at the lowest practical cost.”

Originally intended as a 3% increase as part of the 2015 budget, PUD staff were able to adjust internal costs to lower the total of the final increase by half-a-percent.  In addition to internal adjustments, the PUD was able to work with Hoquiam Senator Jim Hargrove and the members of the Coastal Caucus to attain $2.6 million in the 2015-17 Capital Budget to lessen the impact of the Harbor Paper clean-up costs.

Rather than implementing the new rates on the first of the year when power bills are typically at their highest, the PUD has begun the practice of implementing necessary increases during the warmer summer months