PUD 3 COMMISSION TO HOLD HEARING ON UPDATED RESOURCE PLAN

The Mason County PUD No. 3 Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, August 23, 2022, for consideration and possible adoption of the updated Resource Plan under RCW 19.280.  The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the PUD commission boardroom at 2621 E. Johns Prairie Road in Shelton. If you prefer to attend virtually, contact Clerk of the Board Mary Taylor-Monger at 360-427-5200 for the meeting link.  The regular scheduled commission meeting will begin immediately following the hearing.

PrePay

PrePay

Free yourself up with PrePay.

What if paying for your electricity were more like paying for gasoline to fill up your car tank? With PUD’s PrePay, it is now. PrePay is a pay-as-you-go plan that puts you in control of your electricity usage. You pay in advance — when you want, in the amount you want — helping you budget. Instead of receiving a traditional paper bill each month for the electricity you have already used, your usage is calculated daily. PrePay customers never pay a late charge and avoid paying large deposits.

 

Benefits of PrePay

  • Current deposits on account applied toward a current balance or added as a credit
  • No monthly billings
  • No due dates
  • No late fees
  • No disconnect fees
  • No reconnect fees
  • Easy budgeting
  • Timely information about electric usage

Review the PrePay Policy to see if PrePay is right for you.

PrePay Application

To learn more about PrePay, contact Customer Service at (360) 426-8255.

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WILL MY ELECTRIC SERVICE BE DIFFERENT IF I AM ON PREPAY?

No. You will have the same reliable electric service you’ve always had. Since you will receive low balance and pending disconnect notifications prior to disconnect, you will know if you are experiencing a power outage or have just run out of money on your PrePay account.

 

HOW DO I MAKE PREPAY WORK FOR ME?

Prepay works best for people who want to take control of their electric account and energy use. By monitoring your consumption on a regular basis, you will notice patterns in your day-to-day use. Monitoring and controlling daily usage can help keep your power costs down.

 

HOW CAN I CHECK MY BALANCE?

You can log in to my.pud3.org or download our SmartHub App for mobile devices to get your up-to-the-minute account balance. When you set up your PrePay account you will provide a primary phone number to receive automated calls when your balance gets low. You can also opt into emails and texts through SmartHub.

 

IF I ALREADY HAVE A TRADITIONAL ACCOUNT, CAN I SWITCH TO PREPAY?

Yes! You can switch to a PrePay* account even if you already have service with PUD 3. Your existing deposit will be applied to your current account balance, with any remaining amount being applied as a credit to your PrePay account. If your account has a balance due when enrolling into PrePay, you can set up on a PrePay arrangement plan that will allow that balance to be paid off over time. When an account is in arrears when converting to PrePay, all future payments made are split 75/25 with 75% applied as payment toward future usage and 25% covering any owed balance.

*Some restrictions may apply.

 

WHAT IF MY PREPAY ACCOUNT RUNS LOW AND IS DISCONNECTED?

PrePay is a self-managed program. You will receive a low balance notice by phone call, email or text message based on the notification preferences you set on your account. This will give you time to purchase power before the meter stops.  

If you do not purchase more power, the meter will stop, and the power will turn off. Once a payment is made, your power will be reconnected.

  1. Customers are notified at 8:00 a.m. if their account has a low or depleted credit balance. If no payment is received by 11:00 a.m. the power will automatically disconnect.
  2. If your power is disconnected, you will be required to pay any overage accumulated and bring the account to a $50 credit balance. If you have a PrePay arrangement, you pay the 25% as well.
  3. After fourteen (14) days of being disconnected, your account will be final billed, and you will need to contact customer service during normal business hours to re-establish electric service.

 

IS PREPAY THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME?

Would it be easier for you to make weekly or biweekly payments rather than one large payment each month? If so, PrePay may be right for you.

Statistics indicate that PrePay electricity programs help lower electric consumption due to customer awareness of usage patterns. Any customer interested in monitoring his or her electric use would benefit from our PrePay program.

 

WILL I PAY A DEPOSIT FOR PREPAY?

No. PrePay customers do not pay a deposit. In fact, if you are currently on traditional postpaid billing, switching to the PrePay program puts your deposit money to work for you now!

 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO SET UP A PREPAY ACCOUNT?

New customers electing to sign-up for a PrePay account must pay the normal set-up fee as adopted by the PUD 3 Board of Commissioners, and a minimum $30.00 initial energy purchase.

 

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I KEEP IN MY PREPAY ACCOUNT?

That is entirely up to you! The beauty of the PrePay program is that it fits YOUR budget. You can buy enough energy to last until payday, or you can buy enough to last several months. The choice is yours!

 

HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENTS?

  1. Pay Your Bill Online: Log into SmartHub at my.PUD3.org to pay your bill.
  2. Download our SmartHub app on your device's app store. SmartHub step-by-step directions
  3. Pay Your Bill by Phone: Call 1-844-255-3683. Safely, securely, anytime, from anywhere.
  4. Mail Your Payment to: Mason PUD 3, PO Box 2148 Shelton WA 98584
  5. Use a PUD 3 Self-Serve Payment Kiosk: Shelton Payment Center: 310 W. Cota Street & Old PUD 3 Belfair Warehouse: 21341 E. State Route 3
  6. Use a 24-Hour Drop-Box Service: Payment drop off locations are conveniently located at our PUD 3 offices
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