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Posts from October, 2014

CUB Hosts Sold-Out Audience at Changing Climate: Adapting to New Regulations



CUB Hosts Sold-Out Audience at Changing Climate: Adapting to New Regulations

On Friday, October 24th, the CUB Policy Center held our fourth annual policy conference, Changing Climate, Adapting to New Regulations. Sold-out and chock-full of engaging content, The CUB Conference brought together many of the best and brightest from the region’s energy industry and its stakeholders to tackle some of the toughest issues emerging today in the field of energy policy.


We are grateful to the University of Oregon School of Law for once again hosting us at the… Full Post >>

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Just in Time for Winter: Natural Gas Prices Going Up



Just in Time for Winter: Natural Gas Prices Going Up

On Tuesday, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved rate increases for Oregon’s three natural gas utilities. Increases range from just under 1% for Cascade Natural Gas to nearly 10% for Avista Utilities. Avista is also seeking an additional rate increase of 9.8% sometime in 2015.


Natural Gas Increases in OR - Fall 2014


The increases are largely caused by exceedingly cold temperatures that occurred during last winter’s polar vortex.… Full Post >>

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CUB Troubled by City Auditor’s Findings on BES Building Cost Overruns



CUB Troubled by City Auditor’s Findings on BES Building Cost Overruns

What follows is the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon’s Statement on B.E. S Columbia Building: scope additions and ineffective design oversight led to substantially higher project costs.


The Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) is deeply troubled by the analysis of the City Auditor concerning the Columbia Building cost overruns and the need for investigation of possible ethical lapses in Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) design contract management.


CUB has already been a leading advocate… Full Post >>

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Changing Climate: CUB Policy Conference is One Week Away!



Changing Climate: CUB Policy Conference is One Week Away!

The fourth annual CUB Policy Conference, Changing Climate: Adapting to New Regulations, is just one week away! The CUB office has been in a flurry as we brush up on panel topics, wrap up the registration process, and prepare materials. There is still time to register, but the event is almost sold out, so Register Today in order to guarantee your attendance!


We have some exciting updates to share on the agenda. Oregon Public Utility Commissioner John Savage‘s… Full Post >>

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Now Available: Portland Utility Oversight Commission Draft Recommendations



Now Available: Portland Utility Oversight Commission Draft Recommendations

Last Wednesday, CUB held a phone briefing for Portland water and wastewater customers, during which we outlined our recommendations for providing improved oversight of Portland’s public utilities, and gave an update on our work with the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend! Participants on the call provided lots of helpful questions and insights.


Our next step is to provide input on draft recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission at a public hearing this Thursday evening,… Full Post >>

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