Entries by Kristin Masteller

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Emergency Preparedness is Everyone’s Responsibility

December, 2014 Emergency Preparedness is important. In October, the PUD participated in the Great Washington Shake Out earthquake drill and earlier in the year employees revised our Emergency Response Plan. We have to be ready so that when the devastating earthquake does finally hit, we have a practiced plan in place to help get the […]

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Time to Dispel the Myths about Used Nuclear Fuel

June 2014- By: Commissioner Jack Janda On a recent tour of the Hanford Site with the Energy Northwest Executive Board, I was struck by the difference between the nuclear waste the Department of Energy is dealing with from our country’s defense programs, and what some people call nuclear “waste” from the generation of electricity. People […]

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CleanHydro Highlights Hydropower and River Values

April, 2014- Mason County residents are seeing something on TV and in other media that has been a part of our way of life for over 75 years, yet is often overlooked: how hydropower dams and the incredible power of the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia and Snake Rivers benefit our daily lives. This public education effort […]

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Increase Water Power

Olympia and Washington, D.C. appear to be in love with high cost wind and solar power while discriminating against low cost hydro power. Generous government subsidizes are provided to encourage the development of these new intermittent resources. For example, if a homeowner puts solar panels on their rooftop, they can get a credit from the […]

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Protecting Local Control

An Op/Ed from Jack Janda, chair of the Mason County PUD No. 1 board of commissioners and Linda Gott, chair of the Mason County PUD No. 3 board of commissioners. Mason County’s two public utility districts, PUD 1 and PUD 3 proudly serve their customers with safe, reliable electrical service at the lowest reasonable cost. […]

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People, Power and Politics

I write this article with the intention to inform you of some issues important to public power rate payers and to explain why you continue to see your electric bills increase. Like many Northwest utilities, most of Mason County PUD No. 1’s power is hydroelectric and purchased from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). For the last […]

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Celebrating 80 Years of Public Service

Mason County PUD No. 1 was the first public utility district in Washington State, incorporated in 1934 and beginning operations in February of 1935. Located in Potlatch along the beautiful Hood Canal, PUD 1 serves approximately 5,100 electric customers, 2,000 water connections and manages one small community septic system. Our electric service district reaches from […]