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Posts from April, 2016

Carty Generating Station In Limbo



Carty Generating Station In Limbo

Last November, a Spanish Company, Abengoa, entered pre-bankruptcy talks with its creditors. At the time, PGE was well on its way to finishing construction of its new $514 million 440 MW natural gas plant in Boardman, Oregon, called the Carty Generating Station. The plant was expected to be producing power to serve PGE loads by the middle of the summer.


While it may still come on line by the middle of the summer, it will do so with more than $150 million in cost overruns and faces several years… Full Post >>

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Surveying Oregon’s Energy Future: Conference Report



Surveying Oregon’s Energy Future: Conference Report

One of the things I enjoy the most as a CUB staffer is getting out to conferences and hearing about how various stakeholders are thinking and working through the big issues in the energy industry. These events help me situate CUB’s work in the larger context of the business, policy, and regulatory landscapes of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.


On Wednesday April 13, I had the privilege of attending Oregon’s Energy Future Conference, put on by the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC). I joined about 200 folks… Full Post >>

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CUB Advocates for You in Integrated Resource Plans



CUB Advocates for You in Integrated Resource Plans

As you know, CUB has the responsibility of intervening in integrated resource plan (IRP) proceedings on behalf of customers. In case you don’t remember, an IRP is a document that outlines how a utility intends to meet its resource needs in the best combination of cost and risk over the long term (usually around 20 years). In its IRP, the utility compares the results of various “resource portfolios” of potential resources (wind, coal, gas, energy efficiency, etc.) to determine which resource portfolio is the least-cost/least-risk path to meeting… Full Post >>

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CUB Backs New Digital Inclusion Efforts



CUB Backs New Digital Inclusion Efforts

We have much to report on the telecommunications front. But two topics stand out: CUB’s participation with a City of Portland and Multnomah County partnership to develop a three-year Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP), and our strong endorsement of key digital inclusion provisions within the City of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan (as well as opposition to amendments that would weaken these provisions). 


DEAP: Beginning with 2014’s Digital Inclusion Summit, and culminating with strategic workshops last fall, CUB had the great pleasure of helping to create the Full Post >>

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Klamath Dam Removal Agreement Protects Customers from Rate Increases



Klamath Dam Removal Agreement Protects Customers from Rate Increases

Agreement was reached on Wednesday April 6th on two deals to remove four PacifiCorp-owned dams on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California. A ceremonial signing was held at the mouth of the Klamath River – parties to the signing included Pacific Power President and CEO Stefan Bird, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., US Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan. The combined removal of the dams and subsequent river restoration effort will constitute… Full Post >>

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