Category Archives: Public Utilities Commission

Oregon’s top utility regulator resigns early

Lisa Hardie, Oregon’s chief utility regulator, is resigning after serving less than half of her four-year term on the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Hardie could not be reached for comment, and the governor’s office did not provide a reason for her departure. Source: Oregon’s top utility regulator resigns early

April proclaimed ‘Oregon Dig Safely Month’

In time for spring gardening and home improvement projects, Governor Kate Brown proclaims April as Oregon Dig Safely Month. This serves as a reminder to all Oregon homeowners and contractors to call 811 before digging to have underground facilities, such as natural gas pipelines, electrical utilities, telecommunication systems, as well as sewer and water lines […]
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Oregon PUC staff blasts PacifiCorp over $1.5B wind power bidding process

PacifiCorp’s rush to add a billion and a half dollars of new wind power in Wyoming is facing a challenge — a scathing review by Oregon utility regulatory staff of a bidding process that led to projects that would be largely owned by the company. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon PUC […]
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PacifiCorp challenges PUC staff in controversial $1.5B wind power bidding process

PacifiCorp is defending a $1.5 billion wind power solicitation that has come under sharp attack from Oregon Public Utility Commission staff, emphasizing that an independent evaluator that monitored the process endorsed the results as “the best viable options.” Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: PacifiCorp challenges PUC staff in controversial $1.5B wind power […]
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Oregon’s net neutrality bill looks pretty, but lacks legal substance (Guest opinion)

Last week the legislature passed House Bill 4155, which seeks to preserve net neutrality protections for the internet in Oregon. Undoubtedly, the governor will sign it soon. Politically, a vote on net neutrality is easy. Many people support a free and open internet, one that allows access to all content equally. In fact, a mid-December […]
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Portland General Electric seeks 4.8% rate increase

Portland General Electric wants to hike rates by an average of 4.8 percent in 2019 — a number that would likely be a lot bigger if it weren’t for the lower federal tax rate that kicked in this year. PGE (NYSE: POR) said it expects to pay $84.8 million in federal income taxes in 2019, […]
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PGE to fund electric vehicle programs

Oregon Public Utility Commission authorizes up to $3.8 million to be spent in service area, including help for TriMet. Portland General Electric will spend up to $3.8 million on three pilot programs in metro area to increase electric vehicle travel. Source: PGE to fund electric vehicle programs

New tariffs and state policy cloud Oregon’s solar growth

David Brown is on a mission, one that would have been considered unlikely, even outlandish, a few years ago. But it’s one he’s convinced will prove environmentally righteous, economically sensible, and profitable to boot. When the Northwest’s aging and polluting fleet of coal-fired power plants begin shutting down in 2020, starting with Portland General Electric’s […]
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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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