Sep 16, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many industries in numerous ways, including a... Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many industries in numerous ways, including a widespread shortage of supplies and materials for the utility and construction industries. Read more about our Material Shortages and Supply Chain Disruptions here.
This isn't a truck; this is a promise. #PUD3Promise
This is a promise from the Mason PUD 3 Commissioners to the 63,000 folks who call Mason County home. From Matlock to Kamilche, from Tahuya to Lake Cushman, and all points in between. This truck is our promise to deliver dependable power and excellent customer service to Mason County.
It’s a promise we make to 34,000 homes and offices in PUD 3’s service territory, and it’s a promise we keep over a million times a day.
When you hit the switch, the lights come on. When you turn up the thermostat, the heat is there.
This truck is a promise kept as clean power generated from the Bonneville Power Administration’s Hydroelectric Dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers enter our county through high voltage transmission lines to each of our substations. These state-of-the-art facilities step down the electricity to safely deliver power over 1,800 miles of overhead and underground lines throughout Mason County.
All day, every day, 365 days per year.
This truck represents a promise to explore clean sources of energy to protect our environment. Projects like wind farms, including White Creek and Nine Canyon; or solar energy from our community solar array at the Johns Prairie Operations Center. In fact, wind and hydroelectric power have positioned PUD 3 to run on nearly 100% renewable resources year over year.
This truck is also a promise to expand high speed fiber optic infrastructure to rural areas of Mason County. We understand the necessity for broadband services to support things like education, economic development, and just plain living in the 21st century. We’ve received grants to help fund our work to reach unserved and underserved areas of our county.
We won’t quit until everyone has equal access to this essential utility.
Finally, this truck is our promise to support our community. PUD 3 employees donate thousands of dollars and hours of service to Mason County organizations like United Way. They’ve collected countless items and sponsored foster kids for back to school backpacks and Christmas gift programs. The PUD’s student employee program provides opportunities for students in PUD 3’s service territory to get real working experience and learn the value of a community owned utility.
We live here. We’re proud of it and we’re committed to it. So, the next time you see one of our trucks, remember it’s our promise to you. A promise we made to our neighbors and friends, and a promise we’ve kept for over 80 years. That’s the power of community.