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Posts from July, 2015

CUB Summer Photo Contest: Results Are In!



CUB Summer Photo Contest: Results Are In!

On June 15th, we announced the launch of a summer photo contest, celebrating the theme “Energy in the Northwest” and encouraging our readers to engage with CUB through visual storytelling and interaction with nature. Five short weeks later, we had a strong supply of photos depicting everything from solar panels to camping trips to towering mountains and waterfalls. Photos were judged by a three-person panel on the CUB staff on the basis of criteria stated at the launch of the contest: “The photo subject and composition must be… Full Post >>

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200th Coal Plant Closure Vindicates CUB’s Pioneering Boardman Analysis



200th Coal Plant Closure Vindicates CUB’s Pioneering Boardman Analysis

Last week, the Sierra Club made a big announcement: Alliant Energy in Iowa had committed to phasing out coal at six of its plants, marking the 200th modern baseload coal plant closure in the US. PGE’s Boardman was the very first, and CUB’s analysis played a decisive role in achieving what would become a national precedent for replacing coal with efficiency, natural gas, renewables, and other measures, ensuring a more affordable and environmentally friendly energy mix for customers.


In 2007, CUB was actively fighting… Full Post >>

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Legislature Finally Gets Out of Dodge – Er, Salem



Legislature Finally Gets Out of Dodge – Er, Salem

Reflecting back on the 2015 Oregon legislative session, well, as the Grateful Dead used to sing, “what a long, strange trip it’s been.” The legislature adjourned on July 6 after a session that saw the resignation of a Governor, the inauguration of Oregon’s second female Governor and a whole lot of ups and downs.


CUB entered the session with a five-point agenda:


1) Climate – includes coal-to-clean, assisting with the extension of the Clean Fuels Standard and monitoring anything else that comes… Full Post >>

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Portland Water Use Between San Francisco and Los Angeles Levels



Portland Water Use Between San Francisco and Los Angeles Levels

Drought in California is starting to change water use patterns, as illustrated by the recent data indicating that monthly residential water savings jumped 28.9% between May of 2014 and 2015. So how does Portland water use compare to usage by some of our neighbors to the south?


Portland’s major water source, the Bull Run reservoir, is not facing water supply problems since its water comes primarily from rains rather than snow fall. Dismally low winter snow pack levels are contributing to California’s drought and… Full Post >>

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The Economics Scoop: PGE’s Rate Case UE 294



The Economics Scoop: PGE’s Rate Case UE 294

PGE has filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission for a 4.3% rate hike that assures them impeccably timely cost recovery for Carty, the new power plant that the company is building and bringing into ratebase (read: the portfolio of capital investments on which a utility’s shareholders earn a healthy return/profit). This comes as a bit of a thorn in the side especially on the heels of two general rate cases in as many years, where PGE has continued to advance its agenda of providing profitable investment opportunities… Full Post >>

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