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(Current News)

  • Snohomish PUD Offers Summer Safety Tips

    Be safe around electricity

    As many of us turn to outdoor activities, Snohomish County PUD reminds you to be safe around electricity. Remember these safety tips:

    Outdoor Safety

    • Never climb trees near power lines.
    • Keep ladders away from power lines.
    • Stay away from all fallen power lines.
    • Don’t let kids play on the green padmount transformer cabinets, which control electricity voltage.
    • Don't ever try to open the transformer cabinet or reach inside.
    • Utility cabinets should not be buried in landscape material or surrounded by shrubbery because these may cause the cabinets to overheat and fail to function.

    Kite Safety

    • Never fly kites near power lines.
    • Choose an open space for kite-flying where there are no power lines or cars.
    • Stay far away from power lines and anything that is touching them.
    • If your kite gets caught in a power line, do not touch the kite or string. Call the PUD for help.
    • Don't fly your kite when the weather is bad. Lightning can electrocute you.
    • Only use string to fly your kite. Never use wire. Remember: metal is a conductor for electricity.

    Other Indoor Safety Tips

    • Keep fingers and other objects away from electrical outlets.
    • Never overload outlets with too many plugs.
    • Never pull a plug out by the cord.
    • Never use radios or hair dryers around baths or showers.
    • Never put metal silverware into plugged in toasters.

    For other tips, including more safety information and energy-saving programs, visit our website or call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.

  • Regional Utilities Collaborate on Future of Electrification

    Press Release from Pacific Northwest Utility Transportation Electrification Collaborative

    The Pacific Northwest Utility Transportation Electrification Collaborative, a group of northwest utilities, today released a comprehensive study aimed at better understanding the economic, environmental and other regional benefits related to the electrification of transportation. The Study was a joint effort by Avista, Chelan County Public Utility District, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Tacoma Power.

    This collaborative group is focused on working together to share knowledge across the utilities and develop opportunities to actively support transportation electrification in a way that best serves their customers and the region. The study has been a significant first step in this effort. A key area of focus was assessing how customers throughout the region could benefit from greater electric vehicle adoption. As the transportation sector electrifies, the study notes, the overall expenditures on energy across the transportation and utility sectors decreases and carbon emissions are reduced in the region.  For more on the study, click here.

    The PNW Transportation Collaborative is a group of load-serving northwest utilities that meets regularly to evaluate key trends in transportation electrification, share program experience among the group, examine emerging issues, assess customer insights, explore potential new customer programs, build partnerships and consider policy issues. Collaboration among the utilities will help optimize long term benefits to customers and create a cohesive regional approach. The group also works regularly with utilities in California and across the country, as well as non-profits and other organizations advancing transportation electrification.  As an indication of the Collaborative’s efforts see attached summary of programs and initiatives conducted or under consideration by the Collaborative’s members.

    George Pohndorf, Snohomish County PUD,, 425-320-9350
    Ben Farrow, Puget Sound Energy,, 425-456-2541
    Note: Full study available upon request.

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