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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.

Public Power Week > October 2-8, 2022

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!

     2012      2022    Increase
Eggs (1 dozen) $1.88 $3.12 65%
Ground Beef (1 lb.) $3.45 $5.12 48%
Oranges (1 lb.) $1.28 $1.70 33%
Chicken (1 lb.) $1.43 $1.88 31%
PUD Electricity (kilowatt-hour) $0.084 $0.105 25%
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Our rates land in the middle of regional utilities

  • Average monthly bill, based on 1,000 kilowatt-hours (average rates, as of April 2022; includes customer charges where applicable)
    Grays Harbor PUD $130.10
    Seattle City Light $126.92
    Portland General Electric $123.66
    Klickitat PUD $116.92
    Puget Sound Energy $112.23
    Snohomish PUD $105.26
    Tacoma Power $101.11
    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 bill assistance 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 programming in our local classrooms, helping thousands of children learn about power and water.

Environmental commitment