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(Archived News)

  • PUD offers important safety tips after early morning quake

    4.6 temblor, aftershocks stress the value of a home emergency kit and family plan

    Snohomish County PUD considers the safety of its customers and employees to be its top priority.  This morning’s 4.6 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks stress the importance of personal safety and emergency preparedness in the region. 

    An outage impacting approximately 725 customers followed this morning’s earthquake near Monroe. While the timing and location suggest a possible connection to the quake, the final cause was determined to be a tree in a line. This type of outage is common for the region and, after review, is not considered to be directly related to the earthquake.

    More than 700 customers were restored within the hour, and all customers were restored by 9:45 a.m. The PUD’s electrical distribution system, which serves more than 350,000 customers, performed as designed and facilitated restoration to customers. The electrical system was not affected by this morning’s temblors, nor was the utility’s water system, which serves approximately 21,000 customers.

    The PUD often stresses the importance of emergency preparedness, particularly in the runup to the Northwest’s winter storm season. Winter storms have the potential to cause widespread and long-lasting outages, much like a strong earthquake. The PUD’s Winter Storm Preparation advice is applicable in many emergencies, including earthquakes. Basic family emergency preparedness kits should include:

    • 3-5 days of non-perishable food
    • Blankets and pillows
    • Portable battery clock-radio
    • Bottled water (1 gal/person/day)
    • Extra batteries
    • Manual can opener
    • Cooler with ice packs
    • Flashlights
    • Candles (Ideally battery-powered)
    • Lighter or waterproof matches
    • First-aid kit
    • Personal hygiene supplies
    • Cash
    • Pet supplies for 3-5 days
    • Cards, games, books for fun
    • Prescription medications
    • Phone charger for a car
    • Utility knife

    The PUD is investing heavily in grid modernization, infrastructure improvements and reliability upgrades to ensure safe and dependable service for customers. Find more safety and emergency preparedness information on our website.

  • SnoPUD’s Planet Power to Fund Five Local Solar Projects

    Final Round of Grants Brings Program Total to 39

    Snohomish County PUD’s Planet Power program recently awarded five local organizations funds for the construction of solar energy projects. Planet Power has focused on supporting organizations that provide community services and/or renewable energy education. The program was funded through voluntary contributions from PUD customers.

    In this final round of grants, Planet Power awarded $260,000 to build five photovoltaic (PV) systems with more than 112 kilowatts of installed capacity.

    The five organizations receiving Planet Power grant funds are the YMCA of Snohomish County, Snohomish County Fire District No. 22, Camp Killoqua-Camp Fire of Snohomish County, Farmer Frog, and Eagle Creek Elementary.

    The projects will help each organization offset part of its energy usage and create renewable energy educational and training opportunities. For example:

    • The fire station’s installation will be useful in the planned development of county-wide training for other firefighters on response tactics for rooftop solar systems.
    • Farmer Frog, a non-profit farm near Maltby, will continue to partner with students from local colleges and universities to work on engineering-related school projects.
    • Arlington’s Eagle Creek Elementary plans to host an annual solar workshop for members of the community.

    Applications were evaluated on several criteria, including organizational eligibility, technical feasibility, site visibility and cost-effectiveness, along with outreach and educational value.

    According to initial bids, Everett’s Blossom Solar will install one of the systems, Seattle’s NW Wind & Solar will install two systems, and Solterra will install another. The system to be installed on the Snohomish County Fire District No. 22 fire station is currently going through a mandatory bid process.

    Planet Power collections ended at the end of 2018 in preparation for the PUD’s Community Solar program, designed to further enhance solar access to PUD customers. The final five Planet Power projects bring the total raised by the program to nearly $1.9 million. In all, 39 solar demonstration projects have been installed at schools, non-profits and public agencies across Snohomish County, resulting in 329 kilowatts of solar power.

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