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Posts from December, 2013
If you’ve been following the CUB Policy Center over the past couple of years, you’ve heard us talk about the Ursa Major Society. Founded in 2009, the Ursa Major Society is a program of the CUB Policy Center designed to provide an avenue for key supporters to become stakeholders in the Policy Center’s long-term policy development efforts. Much of CUB’s work focuses on the immediate goals of reviewing rate cases and ensuring customers have a voice in regulatory and legislative bodies. But our…
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Posts from November, 2013
In November 2012, the CUB blog featured a Top 10 list of our biggest reasons to be thankful as we welcomed the holiday season and prepared to close out the year. Since we at CUB have a seemingly endless supply of things to be thankful for, we thought it would be appropriate to continue this tradition.
So, for the second year in a row, here are the Top 10 Reasons that CUB is Thankful in 2013:
1. Our members,… Full Post >>
Our regular readers will remember that last year NW Natural filed for a General Rate Case (UG 221) which included the costs associated with NW Natural’s Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up. Decades ago, gas was manufactured from coal at a site along the Willamette River; and today, NW Natural is beginning what could be a long and expensive program to clean up the site. Last year, CUB argued that the costs of the clean-up were unrelated to current gas service, since no current customers purchased…
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The 27th annual neighborhood Fix-it-Fair season kicks off on November 23rd, 2013 at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St, and we hope you’ll join us there! Fix-It Fairs are free community events where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home and stay healthy this winter and beyond.
The Fix-It Fair offers an extensive class schedule with hour-long instructional workshops taking place all day. Experts will be available to talk with you about water and energy savings,… Full Post >>
We’ve recently been getting some calls from Comcast basic cable customers complaining about how their signal has either become scrambled or has greatly lowered in quality. This is occurring because Comcast has begun to encrypt the high definition (HD) signals of their basic cable channel lineup, just as they have done with the rest of their channels for some time.
Basic cable channels are cable broadcasts of channels that are typically available for free over the air (OTA). For… Full Post >>