Category Archives: Public Utilities Commission

Lower corporate tax may mean lower power, heating bills

Oregon utilities expected to pass savings to consumers The federal tax package signed into law this month may mean a break in heating and electric bills for Oregon consumers, according to the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Friday, the PUC said natural gas and power utilities, including PacifiCorp, the parent of Pacific Power, and Cascade Natural […]
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NW Natural seeks $40 million rate hike

NW Natural said Friday that it wants to raise overall rates by 6 percent next year to pay for operations and maintenance of its natural gas distribution system. The Portland utility says this is the first time it has sought a general rate increase since 2011, a period when natural gas prices have been falling […]
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Regulators bless PGE, PacifiCorp renewable energy plans

After months of back and forth, Oregon’s Public Utility Commission gave its blessing this week to both Portland General Electric’s and PacifiCorp’s plans to acquire more renewable energy, albeit with a variety of conditions designed to protect ratepayers. The companies approached the commission in 2016 and earlier this year seeking acknowledgment of resource plans that […]
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Oregon solar industry fears ‘value’ finding could undercut growth

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. The Oregon solar industry has gotten a look at a preliminary verdict on the value of solar energy, and doesn’t like what it sees. “We are concerned,” Jon Miller, executive director of the Oregon Solar Energy […]
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Portland General Electric: smart grid investments

PGE proposes five new energy storage projects that will help integrate clean, variable energy The need for storage is critical if renewable energy is to be viable on a large scale — and PGE’s working on that, with big plans for Portland’s future smart grid. Portland General Electric filed a proposal with the Oregon Public […]
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PUC hearing draws negative feedback over B2H power line

The Oregon Public Utilities Commission was to take public comment on all of Idaho Power’s Integrated Resource Plan for 2017 during a hearing at the Four Rivers Cultural Center on Thursday. However, the proposed Boardman to Hemingway transmission line took the brunt of testimony — all negative. Source: PUC hearing draws negative feedback over B2H […]
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Solving The Northwest’s Energy Storage Puzzle

As the Northwest moves toward using more renewable energy like wind and solar, one big issue keeps popping up. What to do when there’s too much power on the grid? When there’s not enough demand to run air-conditioners, heaters, or other appliances, all that clean energy just goes to waste. But several utilities in Oregon […]
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Public Utilities Commission to hold hearing on Idaho Power plan in Ontario

The Public Utilities Commission of Oregon will hold a public comment hearing Thursday in Ontario on Idaho Power Co.’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan. The plan covers Idaho Power projects like the Boardman to Hemingway transmission line and the end of coal-fired operations at the Boardman plant. Source: Public Utilities Commission to hold hearing on Idaho […]
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Guest column: We need electric utilities to build vehicle charging stations

Pacific Power and Portland General Electric have proposals to expand electric vehicle charging pending before Oregon’s Public Utility Commission. These proposals are required by Senate Bill 1547, passed in the 2016 Legislature, which directed utilities to accelerate transportation electrification. These plans from Pacific Power and PGE deserve broad public support — and they are getting […]
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Clean Power Plan repeal is largely a nonissue in Oregon

All sides agree: Coal train left the station. The move Tuesday by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan will have little impact in Oregon. The Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce carbon emissions that result from burning coal to generate electricity, emissions believed to […]
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