Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

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The Value of Public Power

As a public utility district, we operate as a not-for-profit organization where our customers are also our owners. That makes a big difference in our priorities because we aren't driven by making money for shareholders. Here are some ways that public power provides value in your life:

Our Rates are Based on Costs, Not Profit

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

Your Electricity is a Great Value!

              2007      2017    Increase
  Bacon (sliced 1 lb.) $3.78 $6.37 69%
  Ground Beef (1 lb.) $2.37 $3.70 56%
  Spaghetti Noodles (1 lb.) 85¢ $1.30 53%
  Peanut Butter (1 lb.) $1.76 $2.50 42%
  Movie Ticket $6.88   $8.93 30%
  PUD Electricity (kilowatt-hour)     10.2¢ 27%
        Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Box Office Mojo

We Land in the Middle of Regional Utilities

  • Average monthly bill, based on 1,000 kilowatt-hours (average rates, as of October 1, 2017;
    includes customer charges where applicable)

    Grays Harbor PUD
    $124.00
    Portland General Electric $121.72
    Seattle City Light $116.12
    Puget Sound Energy $108.63
    Snohomish PUD $104.34
    Clark PUD $93.60
    Cowlitz PUD $91.70
    Pacific Power $90.50
    Tacoma Power $90.37

Financial Benefits That Support Our Rates

  • 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 entitle us to 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

Local Priorities

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

Community Values

  • Discount programs for low-income customers, providing 20% to 60% reductions on bills, depending on income level
  • Customer donations fund Project PRIDE, a program that helps those struggling to pay their PUD bills
  • Employee donations fund Helping Hands, a program that provides financial assistance to low-income customers

Environmental Commitment