Category Archives: Public Utilities Commission

NW Natural applies to lower gas rates

An abundance in supply has lowered natural gas commodity prices. NW Natural has filed for a rate reduction with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon for the third year in a row. If approved, customers can expect to see lower bills starting Nov. 1. NW Natural has requested residential rates be lowered by 6.4 percent and […]
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PacifiCorp’s Wyoming wind plan runs into opposition in Oregon

Public Utility Commission staff say the utility hasn’t justified a need for the investment. Once again, an Oregon utility is proposing a big investment in renewable energy, and once again state regulatory staff are pushing back against it. PacifiCorp has several environmental groups generally behind its $3.5 billion proposal, a rare instance of agreement between the […]
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PacifiCorp’s Wyoming wind plan runs into opposition in Oregon

Once again, an Oregon utility is proposing a big investment in renewable energy, and once again state regulatory staff are pushing back against it. Source: PacifiCorp’s Wyoming wind plan runs into opposition in Oregon – Portland Business Journal

State regulators push back on PGE’s green energy plan

Portland General Electric officials entered a meeting in Salem this week intent on persuading state regulators that it makes economic and environmental sense to move quickly on a massive new wind farm to meet the state’s expanded green energy mandates. Source: State regulators push back on PGE’s green energy plan | OregonLive.com

Oregon’s on alert as 2017 solar eclipse approaches

Oregon is on alert as the first state to experience the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse’s “path of totality.” With up to 1 million eclipse watchers expected to flood into a state with a population of 4 million, the potential for problems is real. The biggest concern? Traffic jams for several days not just before […]
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Regulators deny gas plant expansion

The Oregon Public Utility Commission did not acknowledge plans to expand the Carty Generating Station during a lengthy meeting Tuesday. Environmentalists cheered a decision Tuesday by the Oregon Public Utility Commission that seemingly torpedoes any plans by Portland General Electric to expand the natural gas-fired Carty Generating Station in Morrow County. Source: Regulators deny gas […]
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The future is now for renewable energy (Guest opinion)

The past few days have been a reminder of how essential reliable electric service is to our community and our economy. During the heat wave, our customers set a new summer record for power consumption. This week also reinforced the crucial importance of planning for the long term to ensure our power system will be […]
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PGE and PacifiCorp face big headwinds on resource plans

PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric pitched new resource plans to regulators last week that include major investments in renewable energy. PacifiCorp’s $3.5 billion proposal entails building 1,100 megawatts of new wind farms in Wyoming, upgrading another 1,000 megawatts of existing windmills there to provide more power, and building a new transmission line to ease bottlenecks […]
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Industry Groups Praise Oregon’s Move Toward Community Solar

On Thursday, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) adopted community solar rules that solar advocates say will bring the state one step closer to enabling all Oregonians to directly participate in, and benefit from, local solar projects without having to place solar panels on their roofs. Gov. Kate Brown, D-Ore., signed S.B.1574 into law in March […]
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Oregon Utility Board Approves Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

The Oregon Public Utility Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie. Source: Oregon Utility Board Approves Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks | Jefferson Public Radio