COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING ORM TIMBER HARVEST 20180205

COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING ORM TIMBER HARVEST 20180205

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
BAY CLUB AUDITORIUM – 3:30 PM

Olympic Resource Management (ORM), has advised that they are going to commence timber harvesting operations in mid-February on the 91-acre tract of land called ‘Miller Time’ (see map below). It is located between Paradise Bay Road and the previous PLA harvest near the Woodridge Village in South Bay. Harvested trees will be removed from the site south on Teal Lake Road and the parcel will be replanted for future harvest. This harvest has been approved by the Department of Natural Resources.

ORM will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, February 8 from 3:30 to 5 pm, in the Bay Club Auditorium to discuss their specific plans and impacts the harvesting will have on area residents.

For further information, contact Adrian Miller, at 360-697-6626, amiller@orminc.com

PUD SPECIAL MEETING 20180115

PUD SPECIAL MEETING 2018_01_15

PUD MEETING ON RATES

The PUD Board of Commissioners will be conducting a Special Meeting on January 29th. The purpose of this special meeting is to discuss the PUD’s upcoming rates. You can find meeting details on the PUD website: http://www.jeffpud.org/ It is suggested that those interested in what our PUD is doing look at their website on a regular basis.

Russ Michel
PLVC Utilities Chair
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PUDS ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT 20171130 EMAIL CAMPAIGN

PUDS ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT 20171130 EMAIL CAMPAIGN

PUD’S ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

The Utilities Committee will recommend that that the PLVC support implementation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project which includes smart meters and will present its recommendation to the Board on December 7, 3pm, at the Bay Club.

The Committee has met with PUD management and reviewed implementing the project in our Community, as well as throughout the PUD service area.

The advantages of these new smart meters include more accurate meter readings, ability to receive instant notifications of service interruptions, cost savings related to outside vendors currently doing meter readings, inefficient use of PUD manpower to replace or repair the hodgepodge of current meters, and manpower costs to handle moves or non-payment disconnects. Once fully implemented, savings in the $1-1.5 million dollars a year range are anticipated

Objections to this conversion have focused on radio frequency (RF) emissions and privacy. Currently, most of our meters already generate RF signals and the new ones will actually reduce those emissions. Customer data and privacy will be maintained in exactly the same way it is today by the PUD.

We invite all members of the Community to attend the PLVC meeting on December 7 to hear the discussion on this subject.

Russ Michel
Utilities Committee Chair

JEFFERSON COUNTY PUD HEARING MEETING NOTICE 20171013 EMAIL CAMPAIGN

JEFFERSON COUNTY PUD HEARING MEETING NOTICE 20171013 EMAIL CAMPAIGN

JEFFERSON COUNTY PUD HEARING / MEETING NOTICE

The Jefferson County Public Utilities District (PUD) has scheduled some special hearings/meetings regarding our electric utility service. Here are two upcoming events to bring to your attention. The PUD Board of Commissioners will discuss and accept public comment at each of the meetings below. Both will be held at the Jefferson County Fire Department, 9193 Rhody Drive, Chimacum. Limited parking at the Fire Station. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Smart Meter Installation Plan
Monday, October 30th, 5pm

Proposed 2018 Electric Rate Increase
Wednesday, November 1st, 5pm
For more information, go to www.jeffpud.org

Provided by Russ Michel
PLVC Utilities Committee Chair

OWSI COMMENTS ON ARSENIC LEVELS 20170210 EMAIL CAMPAIGN

OWSI COMMENTS ON ARSENIC LEVELS 20170210

OWSI COMMENTS ON ARSENIC LEVELS

Due to the numerous postings on Nextdoor about Arsenic in recent days, OWSI has provided the following information:

The portion of the Port Ludlow water system that supplies South Bay and customers in North Bay East and South of Oak Bay Road are served by blended water from Wells 14 and 16. This blending is done because Well 14 has a higher level of Arsenic and blending it with water from Well 16 results in water that is below the Washington State Department of Health maximum contamination level of 10 parts per billion (ppb). Other customers, in North Bay, are served by wells that do not have higher levels of Arsenic.

OWSI samples the blended water from Wells 14 and 16 on a quarterly basis and the laboratory submits the results directly to the State. Over the past year, the sample results are as follows:

2015
Average
8.4 ppb

2016
March
5.9 ppb

May
9.6 ppb

September
8.1 ppb

November
9.0 ppb

2017
January (Private Sample)
8.0 ppb

OWSI has prepared an information sheet on Arsenic which can be accessed by clicking HERE or going to https://plvc.org/ If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Larry Smith, OWSI President at 360-437-8246. The State Department of Health recommends if you have any concern about health risks, you should seek advice from your health provider.

Douglas Huber, Chair
PLVC Utilities Committee

DANGEROUS TREE TO BE REMOVED 04102016 EMAIL CAMPAIGN

DANGEROUS TREE TO BE REMOVED 04102016

The PLVC Utilities Committee identified a tree that appeared to be in danger of falling and taking out utility line across Paradise Bay Road at Fairwind Court.

Utilities committee contacted PUD, PLA, and then Jefferson County who examined the tree and determined it is in the road right of way and should be taken down. The County will be hiring personnel to remove the tree.

Notification has been requested when work it to be done.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PUD BILL 03292016

If you have questions about your current bills from PUD, PLVC Utilities Committee encourages you to visit the PUD website, www.jeffpud.org for a wealth of information. There are many articles of a general nature and also specifically about your bill. Start by clicking on the SMARTHUB, logging onto your account and searching around for information about your usage and billing. Below is an article from the PUD that discusses one element of changing electric bills. Using heating degree days verses average daily temperature to explain your high
bill.

While the change in the weather is the simplest reason for the rise in customer bills, it’s not that simple. There are two tools we use to inform customers about the rise in heating demand, but one is a clear standout over the other.

We use average daily temperature of comparable billing periods as a general tool on our customer statements to help them understand the impact that the weather has on their bill. That difference between billing periods alone really doesn’t tell the whole story about how hardyour heating system is working, especially on a daily basis – which is how you are billed for the electricity you use. The average can only tell a general story about your usage.

The energy industry more widely uses a measure called “Heating Degree Days”. Heating degree days allows for a more accurate means of determining fuel or electrical usage required to heat a building for residential and commercial purposes. Its a better measure of how much work your heating system has to do to keep you comfortable. A heating degrees day is the difference between the daily average outdoor temperature and a baseline indoor temperature of 65 degrees. The sum of those daily calculations for a month – or a billing period – better captures the impacts of short cold snaps than a monthly average can. To demonstrate how different this is from average daily temperature, look at this chart supplied to us by a customer:

November 2015:
AverageDaily Temperature: 51
HeatingDegree Days:247

December 2015:
AverageDaily Temperature:42
HeatingDegree Days: 609

Percent Change:
AverageDaily Temperature: 17.2%
HeatingDegree Days: 146.6%

Bills changed by far more than 17.6% during that period and were closer to a 150% change. Why? Much like your electric bill itself, heating degrees are additive, so it reflects your incremental or day to day usage of electricity (kilowatt hours) . An average daily temperature for a billing period does not capture the day to day impact that cold snaps have on your electrical usage because it’s an average. You are billed for your incremental use, not average use. So an energy indicator that is additive like your energy bill is going to better reflect your actual power usage.

In the new year, the PUD will resume posting heating degree day information to help make better sense of what is going on when electric bills suddenly increase. The source of data is from the City of Tacoma. Please go to our Heating Degree Report page for more information. It is always available on our “Electric” dropdown menu.