News Release 10/2/2013

For more information:
Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities
360-992-3238, [email protected]

Clark Public Utilities Invites Customers for Coffee in Celebration of 75 Years of Public Power
Free Morning Coffee and Historic Exhibit, Open to Public Oct. 8 from 8-10 a.m.

VANCOUVER, WA – October 2, 2013 – Marking 75 years of reliable, affordable public power in Clark County, Clark Public Utilities invites its customer-owners to enjoy complimentary coffee from 8 – 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at its downtown location.

The Oct. 8 customer appreciation event, falling during national Public Power Week, is open to the public and will also feature an exhibit of utility milestones with a collection of historic electric meters and memorabilia dating back to the formation of the public utility in the 1930’s.

“Clark Public Utilities has a long history here in Clark County of keeping lights on for families and powering businesses with affordable, reliable electric service,” said Nancy Barnes, president of the Clark Public Utilities board of commissioners. “The utility was created by customers and we’re fortunate to have a public utility providing electricity at no profit, with a focus on customer service.”

Following a campaign led by local grange members and citizens of Clark County in 1938, the Clark County Public Utility District, No. 1, known today as Clark Public Utilities, was formed by a vote of the people. Established to provide low cost power generated by the federal hydropower system, distributed through the Bonneville Power Administration, Clark Public Utilities now serves more than 184,000 homes and businesses and is the second largest P.U.D. in the state of Washington.

Complimentary coffee, served in a commemorative travel mug for the first 300 customers, will be available from coffee carts located on the south side of the downtown utility location (1200 Fort Vancouver Way) between 8 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. An exhibit of public power milestones, historic memorabilia and equipment dating back to the 1930’s will be on display in the utility’s Community Room. No RSVP is necessary but customers with questions are welcome to call 360-992-3000 or visit the website,, for more information.

About Clark Public Utilities
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 184,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas. More information at