Category Archives: Blog

Mason PUD 1 Receives National and Regional Recognition for Communications

  POTLATCH, WA- Mason County PUD No. 1 was honored this fall with four awards for excellence in communications. The District received a first place honor from the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) in the Group A (less than 10,000 customers) wildcard category for their Dam Proud shirts, as well as a second place finish […]

Mason PUD 1 Celebrates Community Solar II Project

Mason County PUD No. 1 unveiled their second community solar project at a drive-in ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 28th at the PUD’s new warehouse in Potlatch. After construction delays and rescheduling due to the pandemic, persistence paid off as over two dozen customers, community members, and employees came together under proper safety guidelines to […]

PUD 1’s TJ Goos Named “2018 Water Operator of the Year” by Evergreen Rural Water of Washington

At the April 23, 2019 board of commissioners meeting, Mason County PUD No. 1’s lead water system operator TJ Goos was presented with a plaque inscribed “2018 Water Operator of the Year” by Evergreen Rural Water of Washington (ERWoW). Goos was surprised with the announcement of his award at the ERWoW annual conference in Yakima […]

New “Spill” Mandates and the Upcoming Impact to our Electricity Rates

March 2018- “Spill” is quite literally the water that is spilled through massive gates that are raised at our federal hydropower dams. The spill is designed to help young salmon migrate quicker and easier downstream from the rivers to the ocean. Due to a ruling after two decades of litigation from fish advocates, Judge Simon […]

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 […]

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 […]