Thurston Public Power or Macquarie Group Profits?

Want to know more about the history of public utility districts? Want to know how many communities in the State are getting public services at competitive costs from public utility districts? Hey, you are in luck. The WPUDA maintains a website that carries all that stuff.

They also have a great building on Union that showcases the kind of distributed electrical generation grid that we could develop locally through expanding PUD in Thurston County from water to water and electricity.

Do you think Macquarie Group has great interest in the quality of life here in Puget Sound or are they primarily interested in the profits they can bank in Australia from your PSE bill here in Washington State?

Another thing to study up on is the connection between PSE and coal fired power. Read about it on Sightline.

Thurston County voters will get the opportunity to expand the Thurston County PUD from water to water and electricity in November. This is a no-brainer. You get local control, local ownership, local accountability and the profits that are currently traveling abroad from PSE can be used for local jobs that will do maintenance andprevent an ice-storm electric outage like we had last winter.

Connect the dots.

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RCW54

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RCW 54

The PUD law is RCW 54. In 1929, the Washington State Grange collected more than 60,000 signatures – twice the number necessary – to send Initiative No. 1 to the Legislature, allowing rural communities to form their own publicly owned utilities. When the Legislature failed to act, the measure went to a statewide election, where it passed in 1930 with 54 percent of the vote. The new PUD law went into effect in 1931.

The law, now known as RCW 54, authorized the establishment of public utility districts to “conserve the water and power resources of the State of Washington for the benefit of the people thereof, and to supply public utility service, including water and electricity for all uses.” In 2000, as access to the Internet became increasingly important, the law was amended to include wholesale broadband telecommunications service.