INFRASTRUCTURE

Electricity

Electricity in Skagit County is provided by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Washington State’s largest energy utility.  PSE’s Baker River Hydroelectric Project, located within Skagit County, is the utility’s largest hydropower facility, with two dams with a combined generating capacity of 215 MW.  Clean hydropower accounts for half of PSE’s energy portfolio, inclusive of electricity purchased from Columbia River hydropower facilities.  PSE has made significant investments in renewable energy generation capabilities, and is the United States’ second-largest utility producer of wind power.  For information on PSE's rate schedule, click here.

Gas

Distribution of natural gas in Skagit County is provided by Cascade Natural Gas in the communities of Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Burlington, LaConner, and Sedro-Woolley.  For information on gas rates, click here.

Water

Skagit Public Utility District operates the largest water system in Skagit County.  For information on Skagit PUD water rates and fees, click here.

Sewer

Wastewater service is provided by individual cities and towns.  For more information, please contact the city or town in which you are located or exploring potential sites.

Fiber and Broadband

Fiber optic capability is available to businesses in Mount Vernon, Burlington, and at the Port of Skagit.  EDASC is working with Skagit County, the Port of Skagit and county communities to expand fiber access and capabilities at a countywide level.  Read the Skagit County Community Fiber Optic Network Strategic Plan.

Health Care

Skagit County offers comprehensive, high-quality health care facilities, with close access to world-leading specialty health care institutions in Seattle.  Local healthcare is one of Skagit County’s leading employment sectors, and the county serves as a regional center in Northwest Washington for health care services.

Skagit Regional Health:  Skagit Regional Health, the umbrella name for Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Skagit Regional Clinics (serving 11 communities), and the Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics, is the third- largest public district hospital in Washington State.  Skagit Valley Hospital offers a full range of advanced services, including comprehensive cancer care, surgical services, a Level III Emergency Department, Family Birth Center, comprehensive diagnostics (CT, MRI, PET), advanced heart and vascular care, and a spacious Center for Sleep Disorders.  It is a network member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, including partnerships with the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medicine, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

PeaceHealth United General Medical Center:  A 25-bed critical access hospital located in Sedro-Woolley, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center offers advanced treatment options and short hospital stays.  Comprehensive cancer care is provided at PeaceHealth United General's Cancer Center and a variety of surgical procedures is available at the Surgery & Orthopedics Center.  Primary and specialty care is provided by PeaceHealth Medical Group‚Äč.

Island General Hospital:  Island Hospital, located in Anacortes, is the center for health and wellness in western Skagit County, also serving north Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands.  It was recognized as one of the most innovative small hospitals is the United States, and honored in 2006 as one of our nation's "100 Top Hospitals" for performance improvement.  Staffed by more than 190 physicians and healthcare providers, Island Hospital offers a quality and range of services typically found in a much larger facility.  With 43 private beds, Island Hospital is the smallest hospital in Washington providing Level III trauma care.  It also operates seven family care clinics and six specialty clinics.