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Posts from August, 2016

Celebrating Inaugural Consumer Champion Margie Harris



Celebrating Inaugural Consumer Champion Margie Harris

As part of this year’s October 14 Policy Conference, CUB is giving the first annual Consumer Champion Award. This award honors individuals who, through their industry leadership, policy innovations, and public service have contributed in a substantial way to the well-being of Oregon’s residential utility ratepayers.


And who better to honor in this inaugural year than Margie Harris, founding Executive Director of the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO), who will be retiring at the end of 2016. Margie will be presented with the inaugural Consumer Champion Award by… Full Post >>

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Special CUB Conference Preview – Californication: What Do ISOs And EIMs Have To Offer The Northwest



Special CUB Conference Preview – Californication: What Do ISOs And EIMs Have To Offer The Northwest

As we reported on the CUB blog in July, PacifiCorp and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) have proposed allowing PacifiCorp to join CAISO and reformulating it as a western regional transmission organization. Earlier this summer CAISO issued a governance proposal for the new regional ISO. CUB submitted comments criticizing the proposal, pointing out that there is no mechanism in the plan to ensure that residential customers have a place at the table, and consequently no guarantee that any… Full Post >>

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CUB Calls for Fair Market Rent for Terminal 1



CUB Calls for Fair Market Rent for Terminal 1

On Wednesday August 10, 2016, by a 3 to 2 vote, the Portland City Council approved a lease to use the Terminal 1 site as a homeless shelter for up to 18 months and took steps to develop a longer term plan to use that site for the shelter based on an Oregon Trail to Hope concept. Terminal 1 is owned by the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) which used it during construction of the Big Pipe project. That property was up for sale since it… Full Post >>

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Snowpack As Battery: A Primer



Snowpack As Battery: A Primer

Mountain snowpack is of particular importance here in Oregon, where it makes up a large percentage of our water storage compared to other states. In fact, in most western river basins snowpack is a larger component of water storage than man-made reservoirs. Snowpack acts like a battery for our region, storing water during the high-precipitation months of winter and then releasing the water as the warmer seasons of spring and summer appear. This cycle is critical to meeting the higher demands for water and hydropower that occur throughout the summer.

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So I Think I Want to Buy an Electric Vehicle…



So I Think I Want to Buy an Electric Vehicle…

NOTE from CUB Staff: As a consumer advocate organization we do mostly regulation and policy work, however more and more we find that electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure is one of the new frontiers for utility providers. To that end, we will be closely involved in the setting of regulation that will guide the investment in EV infrastructure that Oregon’s utilities can make based on the new Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act passed last March. In the meantime, we thought we would look at what is… Full Post >>

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