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Posts from June, 2016

CUB Welcomes Summer Law Clerk Katie Fulton



CUB Welcomes Summer Law Clerk Katie Fulton

I am pleased to announce that Katie Fulton has joined CUB as our new summer law clerk.


Growing up on a farm outside of Portland, Katie knew at a young age that she wanted to work in a career that focused on preserving the Pacific Northwest and benefiting its residents. Her passion for the Pacific Northwest’s natural prestige motivated her to major in Biology at Washington State University, where she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science. Currently, Katie attends the University of Washington School of… Full Post >>

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The Future Starts Now: Opening Panel Gathers Utility CEOs



The Future Starts Now: Opening Panel Gathers Utility CEOs

The solstice has passed and it is officially Summer - which means CUB is now in the thick of planning our sixth annual policy conference, The Future Starts Now, taking place on Friday October 14th.  In this week’s special conference update, I’m pleased offer a preview of the opening panel, which will convene five CEOs of Northwest utilities to discuss “The View From the Top”.


Returning to the CEO panel from previous years will be Elliot Mainzer, Administrator of Bonneville Power Administration, Stefan… Full Post >>

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CUB Secures Savings for Portland Public Utility Customers



CUB Secures Savings for Portland Public Utility Customers

Due to CUB’s advocacy, $2.1 million will stay in the pockets of Portland public utility customers during fiscal year 2016-17, which begins in July. Portland’s public utilities provide water, sewer, and stormwater management services as directed by the City Council.


CUB’s work this budget cycle began in the fall of 2015 with input to Commissioner-in-Charge Nick Fish when the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and Portland Water Bureau (PWB) were developing their requested budgets. Our work continued with testimony at every step in the budget… Full Post >>

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Consumers Win: Open Internet Rules Upheld by Courts



Consumers Win: Open Internet Rules Upheld by Courts

Early Tuesday morning, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor to uphold the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ability to regulate broadband through common carriage rules outlined in the 2015 Open Internet Order. The decision marks a watershed moment for supporters of “net neutrality” enforcement – including major content providers like Google and Netflix, and utility consumer advocacy groups like CUB.


This landmark court decision could mark the end of over a decade of debate around the federal government’s authority to… Full Post >>

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The Future Starts Now: Announcing Breakout Panels



The Future Starts Now: Announcing Breakout Panels

As we reported on the CUB blog late last month, the theme for the 2016 CUB Policy Conference is The Future Starts Now. Today, after much deliberation among the staff and with our trusted partners, we are pleased to announce the topics of the day’s six breakout panels.


Topic 1: The Final Frontier: Has SB 1547 Changed Everything?
The passage of the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act brings with it some big changes. The impact this landmark legislation will have on Oregon’s… Full Post >>

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