PUD District 1 Commissioner
photo of Will Purser PUD District 1 Commissioner I am running for re-election to ensure PUD customers continue to receive affordable and reliable power in an environmentally responsible manner.

During the entirety of my tenure the PUD has maintained a positive trajectory of improvement with numerous nationally recognized awards, including 3 consecutive APPA Reliable Public Power awards as well as designation as a smart energy provider.

5/12/2022- Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Public Utility District No. 1 of Clallam County for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Note: The governance board, under my chairmanship, sets policy on financial responsibility and monitors results.
Click here to view the award.

The District has implemented a forward looking strategic plan and infrastructure improvement plan that has rebuilt and modernized 19 of 21 substations and resulted in the implemented integrated information systems, including advanced outage management and the deployment of a smart grid that is necessary to meet many future challenges.

These challenges include removing carbon from the power supply as well as electrification of the transportation sector and reducing the energy burden or cost to low income customers. We are fortunate to receive more than 98% of our power under contract from BPA consisting of almost entirely a zero carbon supply from the Northwest Federal Hydro system at a cost well under current market rates or other renewable options available. The PUD has also established a robust program in support of customer owned net meter solar, wind and hydro that currently includes more than 400 interconnections providing a zero carbon supply locally. Through these efforts PUD is one of a very few national electric utilities to have already achieved a carbon neutral power supply, as well as the State mandate to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. The PUD also continually collaborates with national laboratories, APPA and Energy Northwest in support of research and development associated with the potential of economical distribution batteries, demand response, solar & tidal generation and a developing green hydrogen economy. A current Energy Northwest and PUD collaboration supported by State grants is to ensure Hwy 101 has sufficient high capacity charging stations to support vehicle electrification.

One of the most important near term challenges of the Board is to ensure the PUD's success when entering a 2028 contract with BPA to ensure a continued supply of low cost zero carbon power supply. The PUD and its governing board is working and collaborating with almost 130 other public power utilities through various associations to ensure a contract in the best interest of ratepayers.