Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

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The Value of Public Power

As your public utility district, we are a not-for-profit organization. That means you're more than a customer. You're an owner! That makes a big difference in our priorities. We aren't driven by making profits for shareholders. Instead, we reinvest back in our infrastructure to better serve you. Here are some other ways that public power provides excellent value in your life:

Not-for-Profit Rates! Our Rates are Based on Cost, Not Profit

  • The biggest expense for your PUD is purchasing power to serve our customers

Your Electricity is a Great Value!

              2009      2019    Increase
  Bacon (sliced 1 lb.) $3.73 $5.52 48%
  Ground Beef (1 lb.) $2.19 $3.81 74%
  Oranges (1 lb.) $0.89 $1.34 51%
  Tomatoes (1 lb.) $1.67 $2.22 42%
  PUD Electricity (kilowatt-hour)     $0.08 $0.10 25%
        Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

We Land in the Middle of Regional Utilities

  • Average monthly bill, based on 1,000 kilowatt-hours (average rates, as of May 2020;
    includes customer charges where applicable)

    Grays Harbor PUD
    $126.30
    Seattle City Light $123.53
    Portland General Electric $123.24
    Klickitat PUD $116.92
    Snohomish PUD $103.41
    Puget Sound Energy $101.37
    Tacoma Power $97.14
    Clark PUD $93.60
    Cowlitz PUD $91.70

Financial Benefits That Support Our Rates

  • Capital improvements are financed with municipal revenue bonds that are exempt from federal income tax
  • Access to lower-cost hydroelectric power marketed at wholesale rates by federal and state agencies
  • Stable rates earn us lower finance rates to fund improvements
  • A strong commitment to conservation programs reduces the need to buy additional power from the expensive wholesale power market
  • Our efforts result in very strong bond ratings from the top three financial agencies.

Local Priorities

  • Governed by a three-person Commission, composed of three elected individuals who live in our service territory
  • Commission meetings are open to the public who are encouraged to attend
  • Most employees live in our service territory, pay PUD bills and are committed to our communities

Community Values

  • Our discount programs for income-qualified customers provide 25% or 50% reductions on bills, depending on income level and help thousands of customers in our communities
  • Generous customer donations fund Project PRIDE, a program that helps those challenged to pay their PUD bills
  • Generous employee donations fund Helping Hands, a program that provides additional financial assistance to income-qualified customers
  • Working safely and keeping our employees and customers safe is our top priority. We take safety measures very seriously.
  • For more than 30 years, we have offered fun, creative and packed-with-learning educational classes in our local classrooms, helping thousands of children learn about power and water.

Environmental Commitment

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