Category Archives: Public Utility Commission

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

CenturyLink says nationwide outage is over; it now faces FCC investigation

CenturyLink said late Friday it has completely restored service after a massive, nationwide outage cut off customers’ internet access and blocked 911 services in many areas for more than a day. The company still hasn’t explained what caused the problems, though, and both the Federal Communications Commission and Washington state said they plan investigations. Source: […]
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A Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion in British Columbia Spikes Prices in Portland and Raises Questions About Oregon’s Energy Future

In October, a natural gas pipeline ruptured outside a British Columbia town called Prince George, sending a fireball skyward. Source: A Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion in British Columbia Spikes Prices in Portland and Raises Questions About Oregon’s Energy Future

Oregon Sues Josephine County Over Smart Meter Ordinance

The state of Oregon is suing Josephine County over smart meters. Josephine County this fall passed an ordinance prohibiting Pacific Corp from charging customers higher rates for opting out of its smart meters program. The digital meters use wireless networks to send information to the company. Source: Oregon Sues Josephine County Over Smart Meter Ordinance