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Press Releases

(Archived News)

  • SnoPUD Prepares for Storm Season and Potential Power Outages

    September is National Preparedness Month

    As the calendar turns to fall and turbulent weather looms on the horizon, Snohomish County PUD is ready. From pre-storm preparations to quick outage response, the PUD works hard year-round to minimize disruptions to its customers.

    Prior to storm season, the PUD trims trees and brush away from power lines to cut down on potential outages. The utility also makes improvements to its electrical distribution system throughout the year to maintain a high level of reliability.

    To aid in storm restoration, the PUD develops pre-set agreements with contractors and mutual-aid crews from around the region and stocks up on key supplies, including wire, poles, transformers and other equipment.

    The safety of PUD employees and customers is a top priority during storms. Remember to stay at least 30 feet away from fallen power lines and never use a combustible heating source such as a gas grill or portable generator indoors. Always use extreme caution when using candles or lamps inside, and keep them away from furniture, drapes and other flammable materials.

    September is National Preparedness Month and the PUD encourages customers to create an emergency preparedness kit to help them stay safe and comfortable during power outages. Pack a kit with flashlights, batteries, matches, drinking water, food bars, blankets, a battery powered radio and first aid kit. For a complete list of what to pack, click here. If customers have special medical needs and are dependent on power, the PUD advises them to consider purchasing a generator or prearrange to go to family, friends or another safe place with power.

    During a power outage, dress warmly and choose a small room with few windows as your emergency living quarters. PUD customers can call 425-783-1001 or visit the online Outage Map to report outages. Reports of fallen power lines or other life-threatening situations should be made to 911. 

    Use the PUD’s Outage Map to track outages throughout the utility’s service territory. The PUD’s Outage Map uses color-coded boxes to indicate outage areas and details each outage’s cause, number of customers affected and estimated time of restoration.

    During storms, stay informed of PUD restoration efforts by following the utility’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and monitoring local TV and radio stations.    

    For more outage preparedness tips and links to the PUD’s Outage Map, click here.

  • Snohomish Co. PUD Marks National Hydropower Day

    Hydropower’s many benefits include lower energy costs and zero carbon emissions

    Hydroelectricity has helped power the United States with carbon-free, renewable energy for more than 135 years. In honor of America’s first renewable energy resource and its value to the Pacific Northwest, Snohomish County PUD is proud to recognize National Hydropower Day on Friday, August 23, 2019.

    National Hydropower Day celebrates hydropower’s contributions to America’s clean energy infrastructure. Thanks largely to hydropower, the PUD’s energy mix is proudly 98% carbon and emissions free. 

    The PUD receives more than 80% of its electricity through a long-standing partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration and its vast network of Northwest hydroelectric projects. The PUD also operates five of its own hydro projects. The largest is the Henry M. Jackson Hydro Project on the Sultan River, which generates enough carbon-free energy to power more than 53,000 homes and businesses in Snohomish County.

    One of hydropower’s often overlooked benefits is its affordability. States, like Washington, that receive most of their electricity from hydropower enjoy some of the lowest energy costs in the nation. Hydroelectric projects in the Northwest produce more electricity for the region’s residents and businesses than any other North American river system.

    “Hydropower is the backbone of our service,” says John Haarlow, Snohomish County PUD CEO and General Manager. “It plays a key role in our commitment to affordable, reliable, safe and environmentally sustainable power. PUD customer-owners can be proud knowing their homes, their schools and their businesses are largely powered by hydroelectricity.”

    Hydropower makes up the largest share of clean, renewable electricity generated in the United States. In 2018, it represented 7% of the nation’s total electricity generation and almost 40% of renewable electricity generation. More than 66,000 workers are employed in the hydropower industry. Hydropower facilities can operate up to 100 years or more.

    Snohomish County PUD serves more than 350,000 electric customers and approximately 21,000 water customers. It is the second largest public utility in the Northwest, and the 12th largest in the nation. In addition to hydropower, the PUD generates and distributes energy from biomass, wind and solar sources.

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