Entries by Kristin Masteller

Mason PUD 1 Launches Second Community Solar Project

Potlatch, WA- In response to customer interest, Mason County PUD No. 1 is rolling out a second community solar project. Community Solar II, will be approximately 55 kilowatts in size and sited atop the PUD’s new vehicle storage warehouse that is starting construction this winter and scheduled to be completed in April. PUD 1 electric […]

Mason PUD 1 Receives Five Excellence in Communications Awards from NWPPA

At the annual Northwest Communications & Energy Innovations Conference (NIC) in Marysville last week, Mason County PUD No. 1 was honored with three first place plaques and two second place nods at the Excellence in Communications contest, hosted by the Northwest Public Power Association. PUD 1 was recognized in the Group A (10,000 customers or […]

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Why We Need to Revisit Bonneville’s Residential Exchange Program

March 2017- PUD 1 receives its power from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) which runs the hydroelectric system in the Northwest. Back in the mid-1990’s the federal government passed a new energy bill which gave some of the benefits of the hydro system back to investor-owned utilities (IOUs) like Puget Sound Energy. The IOUs complained that […]

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SALMON OR RENEWABLE HYDROPOWER?

My father helped build the lower Snake River dams.  I’m sure he would turn over in his grave if he knew what some environmental organizations are now proposing.  For example, Wendy Gerlitz of the Northwest Energy Coalition (NWEC) recently opined that the region must choose between healthy populations of wild salmon and removing the Snake […]

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Nation’s First Carbon Tax?

March, 2016- When I opened this morning’s paper the headline read, “Washington Considers Nation’s First Carbon Tax.”  At a recent Washington PUD Association meeting we discussed the various carbon reduction policies that are currently in play in Olympia as well as Washington DC.  There are multiple policies that could impact our cost of providing reliable […]

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An 80 Year Tradition of Public Power

February marked the 80th year of public service for Mason County PUD No. 1. While Homer T. Bone is often cited as the “father of public power”, one very influential public power supporter in our state was Morrison F. Pixley. Pixley was a land developer and the nephew of Frank M. Pixley, the celebrated founder […]