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Press Releases

(Current News)

  • Snohomish PUD Hits 350,000 Customers

    Counting Customers, Kilowatts and Critters

    Snohomish County PUD this month surpassed 350,000 customer accounts, up by about 35,000 from 10 years ago. Despite strong area growth – Snohomish County ranks among the fastest-growing counties in the state – total energy usage by PUD customers has remained relatively flat.

    In fact, from 2007 to 2017, average annual residential customer usage dropped by more than 5%. The utility credits much of this to successful energy conservation by its customers, stricter energy codes and greater use of natural gas heat in new home construction.

    Consider these other figures from Snohomish PUD:

    • 6,400 miles of line maintained – or enough to stretch from Everett to Boston and back!
    • 551 outages caused by birds and animals (2017).
    • 115,000 utility poles maintained throughout the PUD’s 2,200 square mile service area.
    • 11 million energy-efficient bulbs used in local homes since 2001 – that’s more than 30 efficient bulbs per home!
    • 40 years of PUD energy-efficiency programs.
    • 10,000 feet of side channels created in lower Sultan River to enhance juvenile salmon populations as part of the PUD’s Jackson Hydroelectric Project.
    • 70% of PUD bills paid electronically by customers, through the PUD website, by phone, through banks or via third-party services.
    • More than 18,000 customers benefitted from PUD low-income assistance programs in 2017.

    For more information about the Snohomish County PUD electrical system, conservation programs, safety information and a range of other resources, visit

  • Snohomish PUD Moves to Appoint John Haarlow as CEO/General Manager

    The Snohomish County Public Utility District Board of Commissioners today introduced a resolution to name John Haarlow as the new Chief Executive Officer/General Manager. The appointment requires final approval at the board’s meeting on Oct. 1, 2018. Haarlow, currently a PUD Assistant General Manager, is expected to have an effective starting date of Oct. 8. If approved, he would replace Craig Collar, who retired in June.

    “In naming John Haarlow to lead the PUD as general manager, we’re reinforcing our commitment to delivering power that’s safely and responsibly generated at the lowest possible cost,” PUD Board of Commissioners President Kathleen Vaughn said. “As the energy landscape and our customers’ needs change, we’re very pleased to have selected a candidate with such an extensive background in the electric utility industry.”

    Haarlow joined the PUD in February 2017 as Assistant General Manager of Distribution & Engineering Services, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry. In that role, he was responsible for construction, engineering, operations and maintenance of the utility’s transmission, substation and distribution assets. He also oversaw fleet, real estate and environmental functions.

    Before joining the PUD, Haarlow worked for the Public Service Company of New Mexico, serving as both Director of Safety and Transmission and Distribution Engineering and Operations. He began his career at the Central Illinois Light Company where he was an IBEW journeyman for 10 years. Haarlow also worked as Vice President of Power Delivery for the Indianapolis Power and Light Company. He attended University of Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting.

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