Category Archives: Public Utility Commission

Pacific Power lowers smart meter opt-out fee

Pacific Power will lower the fee for customers who opt out of installing new smart power meters. The utility had planned on charging $36 a month for monthly meter reads for customers who opt out of the new meters, which automatically transmit power usage data to the utility. Pacific Power submitted an alternative payment plan, […]
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Power bill fees were part of settlement agreement

Q: There are assessed fees on our monthly billing from Pacific Power dedicated to the removal of the J. C. Boyle Dam, Copco dams and Iron Gate Dam. How did these fees become part of our billing? A: The fees for the potential removal of four dams on the Klamath River are the result of […]
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Editorial: Bill would cost power customers more

Oregon House Bill 3174 surely is among the shortest in the Legislature this session. Sponsored by Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, and Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, the measure directs the state’s Public Utility Commission to order natural gas and electricity utilities to allow residential customers to use analog meters instead of smart readers, and to use […]
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PGE proposes new EV charging infrastructure programs

The proposal build on previous ones to encourage electrification, which were adopted by the Oregon Public Utility Commission in February of 2018. PGE has filed a proposal with the Oregon Public Utility Commission to create two pilot programs designed to help accelerate Oregon’s transition to cleaner energy by encouraging the purcahse and use of electric […]
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PGE will spend $160 million on massive renewable energy project in eastern Oregon

The utility said its additional power will enable it to meet half of customers’ power needs from emissions-free sources. Source: PGE will spend $160 million on massive renewable energy project in eastern Oregon

Oregon Senate aims to boost low-income access to broadband

OKs bill directing PUC to establish plan. The Oregon Senate has taken the first step toward ensuring more Oregonians will have access to broadband Internet services. Senate Bill 69 – which passed Thursday on the Senate floor – requires the Public Utility Commission to establish a plan to provide low-income Oregonians assistance for accessing broadband Internet […]
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Hearing set for Thursday on sale of Sunriver Water

The Public Utility Commission of Oregon has scheduled a hearing Thursday on the proposed sale of Sunriver Water LLC to NW Natural Water of Oregon. The hearing is set from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Great Hall, Landmark Rooms 1 and 2, 57081 Great Hall Loop in Sunriver. Sunriver Water is a privately […]
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Pacific Power passes savings from tax cut to customers

Customers in Oregon, Washington, California should see lower bills. Pacific Power residential customers will see lower energy bills starting Friday because of a reduction in the corporate tax rate. The savings, which were approved by the Oregon Public Utilities Commission, will affect customers in Oregon, Washington and California, according to the company. Source: Pacific Power […]
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Editorial: Faulty bill could change utility rates

Some Oregon lawmakers are trying to make the proposed cap and trade legislation less bad even before it is introduced. They don’t want the bill to hurt the poor. The cap and trade bill is expected to raise utility rates. The Legislature will then take the money raised and spend it on projects to make […]
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State charts path to save energy for low-income residents

Three state agencies say “cost-effective” improvements could save low-income residents $113.9 million a year in their energy bills, via energy-efficiency improvements. Source: Pamplin Media Group – State charts path to save energy for low-income residents