Category Archives: Public Utilities Commission

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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Oregon utilities, regulators grapple over major renewables investments

Portland General Electric reduced its proposed $1 billion wind investment plans 40%, and PacifiCorp is still on the fence. Oregon regulators and utilities are at a crossroads over how much to invest in large-scale renewable energy projects, as Portland General Electric trims its investment plans and PacifiCorp fends off opposition, the Portland Business Journal reports. […]
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NW Natural to move downtown

Gas company will leave iconic One Pacific Square headquarters building in Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood NW Natural told its employees Friday that it is moving its headquarters from the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood to leased office space in a new building at 250 S.W. Taylor. Source: Pamplin Media Group – NW Natural to move downtown

PacifiCorp facing regulatory blowback on wind power plans

Staff advisers at Oregon’s utility regulator threw cold water on PacifiCorp’s plan to spend $3.5 billion, one of its biggest upgrades ever, on wind turbines and a new transmission line. The Public Utility Commission staff say the utility had failed to justify the need for the massive capital investments, whether to meet its capacity, energy […]
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Editorial: Proposal for charging stations should be zapped

Electric cars may someday rule the road. It won’t happen if there aren’t enough places for them to plug in. But who should pay for the charging stations?Both Pacific Power and Portland General Electric have proposals before Oregon’s Public Utility Commission that would allow them to pass the cost of building about a half a […]
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 NW Natural again files reduced natural gas rates

NW Natural is asking Oregon’s Public Utility Commission to approve a reduced rate for the third consecutive year.If adopted, customers can expect to see lower bills starting Nov. 1. Source: Pamplin Media Group – NW Natural again files reduced natural gas rates