Hawkins to receive Washington PUD Association “Legislative Champion” Award

The Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) is recognizing Sen. Brad Hawkins for his efforts and legislative leadership for PUDs throughout the state.

“I was super excited when I got the call from the PUD Association,” said Hawkins, whose 12th District includes four PUDs (Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan). “PUDs provide an incredible benefit to our region with their reliable, low-cost services. Locally, our PUDs are superb stewards of public resources and top-notch organizations. I’m honored to be selected as a champion for the PUDs because standing with the PUDs is standing with the people.”

Hawkins will receive the WPUDA’s 2019 Legislative Champion Award during the association’s Annual Conference Banquet on Dec. 5 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. The award recognizes a member of the Washington State Legislature or Congress for leadership in pursuing passage of legislation beneficial to PUDs.

In the award letter from WPUDA, Executive Director George Caan wrote: “This award recognizes your strong commitment to advocating in the 2019 legislative session for policies that enhance the ability of public utility districts to serve the needs of their communities. Your leadership as prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5588, your quick introduction to add hydropower as a qualifying renewable resource in the 100% clean energy bill, and your dedication to pursuing tax parity for hydropower as the prime sponsor and staunch advocate of Senate Bill 6012 was instrumental in paving the way for good policy that supports the foundational principles on which PUDs were created.”

“During the 2019 legislative session Senator Hawkins demonstrated a commitment to advancing good public policy that supports the ability of Washington’s public utility districts to meet the needs of the communities they serve. His work is truly deserving of the WPUDA 2019 Legislative Champion Award.”

  • George Caan, Executive Director of the Washington PUD Association

“Senator Hawkins is a great friend to public power and Washington state’s PUDs, as well as a skilled and trusted advocate for his 12th District constituents. He understands the complex issues we face and the value of hydropower in helping to reduce carbon emissions while maintaining reliable service and reasonable electric rates. On behalf of Chelan PUD’s Board of Commissioners and our staff and customer-owners, congratulations to Senator Hawkins.”

  • Steve Wright, General Manager, Chelan County PUD

“Senator Hawkins is a champion of public power! He really deserves this award. He is always looking out for his constituents and definitely has an impact in the communities he serves. We appreciate Senator Hawkins’ leadership and relentless effort to get our renewable hydrogen bill through the Legislature. Thank you and congratulations Senator Hawkins!”

  • Gary Ivory, General Manager, Douglas County PUD