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Posts from July, 2016

Telecom Providers Headed (Slowly) In Right Direction



Telecom Providers Headed (Slowly) In Right Direction

As we previously reported, CUB participated in a rigorous public strategic planning process to create a regional Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) for both the City of Portland and Multnomah County at large. Earlier this spring, with CUB adding supporting testimony, both the City and the County passed DEAP resolutions.


The DEAP’s mission is to bridge the digital divide for excluded community members within the City and throughout Multnomah County by providing affordable access to broadband and the necessary tools to take full advantage of… Full Post >>

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Special Conference Update: Has SB 1547 Changed Everything?



Special Conference Update: Has SB 1547 Changed Everything?

The 2016 CUB Policy Conference, The Future Starts Now is coming up on October 14, 2016, and we are anticipating a lively lineup of breakout panels on various topics at the forefront of the utility sector’s current agenda. The first topic in the breakout schedule, The Final Frontier: Has SB 1547 Changed Everything?, is particularly extant.


Back in March, when Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 1547, the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Bill, into law it made national news and even international news.… Full Post >>

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CUB Launches Oregon Utility Customer Survey



CUB Launches Oregon Utility Customer Survey

Because of our role as Oregon’s professional advocate for residential utility customers, we want to know what folks think about a range of energy issues. The more we understand about the experience of customers, the better equipped we are to advocate on their behalf.


We decided that the most effective way to learn more was to develop a Survey. You can take it electronically HERE or find a PDF version to print and mail in HERE (for those of you on our mailing list, you’ll… Full Post >>

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Lead: Why Used? Why Hazardous? What Is Being Done?



Lead: Why Used? Why Hazardous? What Is Being Done?

Lead from school drinking fountains and faucets as well as lead paint have been in the news recently. What is lead anyway? Why was it ever used in paint or plumbing fixtures? Why is lead hazardous and what is being done about it?


Lead is a soft metal that is malleable and easy to use in manufacturing. Since it is widespread and easy to mine it has been used for centuries including the manufacturing of water pipes, particularly by the Romans. The Latin word for… Full Post >>

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Residential Customers Need a Place at the Regional ISO Board Table



Residential Customers Need a Place at the Regional ISO Board Table

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) manages California’s electric grid, whereas in the rest of the West, utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration manage their own transmission grids and resources. PacifiCorp, the parent company of Pacific Power, and CAISO recently announced a proposal to merge the California transmission grid with PacifiCorp’s grid to form a Regional Independent System Operator. Under their proposal, a new Board would manage the expanded ISO and would dispatch various generating units to meet loads throughout the West. The assumption is… Full Post >>

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