Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a PUD?

A Public Utility District is a community-owned, locally regulated utility created by a vote of the people under RCW 54.

What are PUDs authorized to provide?
PUDs in Washington are authorized to provide electricity, water and sewer services, and wholesale telecommunications. A PUD may provide one or more of these services, depending on the needs of the community.

How many PUDs are there in Washington state?
There are currently 28 PUDs. Of those, 24 provide electricity, 18 provide water or wastewater services, and 14 provide local access to broadband telecommunications services.

How many customers do PUDs serve?
Public utility districts that are members of the Washington PUD Association serve approximately one-million residential, business and industrial customers in 26 counties across Washington State. PUDs serve more than half the state geographically.

How are PUDs regulated?
PUDs are governed by a nonpartisan, locally elected board of commissioners. Commissioners are responsible for setting rates and for overseeing the operation of the PUDs. They meet in open session where members of the public can observe and participate in the decision-making process.

How long do PUD commissioners serve?
PUD commissioners are elected to serve six-year terms. A couple PUDs have five member Commissions. The five member Boards include at large positions that serve four year terms. Commissioner salaries are set by state law, based on the size of the utility.

Where do PUDs get their electricity?
Most PUDs purchase electricity wholesale from the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency that markets power generated by 31 hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin. Several PUDs own and operate their own hydroelectric dams, including Chelan, Grant, Pend Oreille and Cowlitz PUDs. Many PUDs are also members of Energy Northwest.

What is Energy Northwest?
Energy Northwest is a consortium of publicly utilities that owns and operates Columbia Generating Station, the state’s only commercial nuclear plant, the Nine Canyon Wind Project, the Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project, and the White Bluffs Solar Station. Energy Northwest is also developing the Radar Ridge Wind Project is Pacific County.





PUD STATISTICS

Based on 2013 operating year. Summary date does not include Snohomish PUD

TOTAL CUSTOMERS
ELECTRICITY .......641,272
WATER..................105,022
SEWER ......................................4,721
TELECOMMUNICATIONS....28,197*
*via retail service providers

LINES INSTALLED (MILES)
ELECTRICITY ..........................33,375
WATER ......................................2,702
TELECOMMUNICATIONS ……5,821

SALES
ELECTRICITY........24.5 MILLION MWH
WATER ........15.63 BILLION GALLONS

REVENUE FROM SALES
ELECTRICITY................ $1.40 BILLION
WATER ....................... $59.48 MILLION
TELECOM ...................$25.61 MILLION


Links to WPUDA Member PUDs


ASOTIN COUNTY PUD
BENTON COUNTY PUD
CHELAN COUNTY PUD
CLALLAM COUNTY PUD
CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES
COWLITZ COUNTY PUD
DOUGLAS COUNTY PUD
FERRY COUNTY PUD
FRANKLIN COUNTY PUD
GRANT COUNTY PUD
GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY PUD
JEFFERSON COUNTY PUD
KITSAP COUNTY PUD
KITTITAS COUNTY PUD
KLICKITAT COUNTY PUD
LEWIS COUNTY PUD
MASON COUNTY PUD NO. 1
MASON COUNTY PUD NO. 3
OKANOGAN COUNTY PUD
PACIFIC COUNTY PUD
PEND OREILLE COUNTY PUD
SKAGIT COUNTY PUD
SKAMANIA COUNTY PUD
STEVENS COUNTY PUD
THURSTON COUNTY PUD
WAHKIAKUM COUNTY PUD
WHATCOM COUNTY PUD
ENERGY NORTHWEST


More About PUDs

Washington PUDs
History
RCW 54