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 New laws take effect July 25 in Washington State aimed at bridging the digital divide
 Legislation will enable public entities, including PUDs, to help bridge the digital divide in Washington State
 
Two new laws aimed at helping bridge the digital divide in Washington State will take effect July 25, 2021.  The legislation passed in the 2021 legislative session and signed into law will enable public entities, including not-for-profit, community-owned public utility districts to provide retail broadband service to end-users, creating another pathway to connect Washington citizens and communities to essential broadband service. To learn more, click here. 


PUDs work for Washington communities

  • Public utility districts are not-for-profit, community-owned utilities.
  • 28 PUDs serve customers across Washington.
  • PUDs provide electric, water, sewer, and telecommunications services and have the authority to produce and distribute renewable natural gas and renewable hydrogen.
  • PUDs are governed by locally-elected Commissioners that live in the communities they serve.
  • Washington voters established the right to form public utility districts in 1930 when they passed Initiative No. 1.

Hydro is Renewable

"The harness of waterfalls is the most economical method known for drawing energy from the sun."
                                                                                                         Nikola Tesla, Famed Inventor

Public Utility Districts in Washington get about 80% of their energy from hydropower, which is reliable, renewable and produces almost zero greenhouse gas emissions.




Welcome to WPUDA

The Washington Public Utility Districts Association represents 27 not-for-profit, community-owned public utility districts as well as one joint operating agency (Energy Northwest). In October 2007, WPUDA moved into its headquarters in Olympia, the first new construction office building in the state to receive “platinum” designation under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. 

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What are PUDs?

Public Utility Districts are not-for-profit, locally regulated utilities that are created by a vote of the people. They were authorized in 1930 by a voter-approved initiative. Their charter under state law is 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."

Links to the PUDs | FAQs | PUD History | RCW 54: the PUD law

PUDs are clean and green

Washington public utility districts serve customers with some of the cleanest and most affordable electricity in the nation.  Almost 90% of PUDs'  electricity generating resources produce ZERO greenhouse gases.  In addition, PUDs have a long history of promoting conservation as a least-cost, environmentally friendly resource.  

What are PUDs?

Public Utility Districts are not-for-profit, locally regulated utilities that are created by a vote of the people. They were authorized in 1930 by a voter-approved initiative. Their charter under state law is 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."