Washington PUD Association honors 14th District Senator Curtis King with 2015 Legislative Champion Award

WPUDA President Dennis Bolz presents award to Senator KingThe Washington Public Utility Districts Association honored Senator Curtis King for his leadership in passage of a bill signed last July by Governor Jay Inslee last April that allows public utility districts to produce and sell renewable natural gas from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and dairy digesters for use as a transportation fuel; adding value to PUD projects and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new PUD authority went into effect in July of 2015.

The award, presented to Senator King at the Association’s January 14, 2016 meeting in Olympia, recognizes a Washington State Legislator or Member of Congress that has taken a leadership role in pursuing passage of WPUDA supported legislation or preventing passage of legislation that would negatively impact PUDs. Senator King was the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5424 in the 2015 session and his leadership played a critical role in passage of the legislation. The bill passed both houses of the legislature unanimously with Representative Norm Johnson, also from the 14th District, providing leadership in the House to help facilitate passage of the Senate bill. 

Fast Facts about PUDs

Public utility districts are not-for-profit, community-owned utilities.
28 PUDs serve customers across Washington.
PUDs provide electric, water, sewer and wholesale telecommunications services.
PUDs are governed by locally-elected Commissioners that live in the communities they serve.
Washington voters established the right to form public utility districts in 1930 when they passed Initiative No. 1.

 

Hydro is Renewable

"The harness of waterfalls is the most economical method known for drawing energy from the sun."
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Public Utility Districts in Washington get nearly 82% of their energy from hydropower, which is reliable, renewable and produces almost zero greenhouse gas emissions.






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The Washington Public Utility Districts Association represents 27 nonprofit, community-owned utilities that provide electricity, water and wastewater services, and wholesale telecommunications to more than 1.7 million people in Washington. In October 2007, WPUDA moved into its new headquarters in Olympia, the first new-construction office building in the state to receive “platinum” designation under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. 

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What are PUDs?

Public Utility Districts are are nonprofit, locally regulated utilities that are created by a vote of the people. They were authorized in 1930 by a voter-approved initiative. Their charter under state law is to “conserve the water and power resources of the State of Washington for the benefit of the people thereof, and to supply public utility service, including water and electricity for all uses."

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PUDs are clean and green

Washington public utility districts serve customers with some of the cleanest and most affordable electricity in the nation.  About 95% of PUDs'  electricity generating resources produce ZERO greenhouse gases.  In addition, PUDs have a long history of promoting conservation as a least-cost, environmentally friendly resource.  

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What are PUDs?

Public Utility Districts are are nonprofit, locally regulated utilities that are created by a vote of the people. They were authorized in 1930 by a voter-approved initiative. Their charter under state law is to “conserve the water and power resources of the State of Washington for the benefit of the people thereof, and to supply public utility service, including water and electricity for all uses."

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