I am part of a group working to establish a Whidbey Public Utility District (PUD). A PUD is nonprofit, locally regulated, and exists only to serve the power and water needs of a community. Created by legislation, in 1930, PUD's are a response to private power companies neglecting the needs of rural communities. Washington's PUD's have a long, bright history of successfully solving problems, and providing great service to rural communities. The official web page of our local effort to establish a Whidbey PUD is here.
We feel Whidbey Island is being neglected by Puget Sound Energy, and that the reliability of our power is not in line with the rates we pay. Whidbey Island has a sole source of power, high-tension lines that cross Deception Pass, and a second connection point to the grid is essential to reliable service. We also feel that there are substantial opportunities for generating green power locally, particularly through tidal, wave, and micro-wind projects.
Right now we're at the petition stage, trying to get enough signatures from island residents to get a Whidbey PUD on the ballot. Should this succeed, we'll also have three openings for commissioners on the same ballot. I plan on running for a commissioner post -- it's time I gave something back to my community.
Whidbey Island PUD.