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Posts from December, 2016

Heat Or Eat: An Unfair Proposition



Heat Or Eat: An Unfair Proposition

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on November 20, 2014, and has been reposted here with minor updates.


Changes in seasons bring to the forefront any number of topics related to household comfort and safety. Home weatherization and other energy efficiency measures become important during bouts of extreme weather (a well-insulated home is paramount whether the thermometer dips below freezing or tops one-hundred) but the effect is not felt equally. The biting cold, the persistent winter rains, and even hot summer spells are all felt to a… Full Post >>

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Posts from November, 2016

Portland Council Should Prioritize City’s Information Communications Technology Development



Portland Council Should Prioritize City’s Information Communications Technology Development

Earlier this morning (November 30), Sam Pastrick summarized CUB’s report, Structural Changes Needed to Regain Information Communications Technology Edge in Portland, in an appearance before the Portland City Council.


CUB also sent the report to Mayor-Elect Ted Wheeler and Commissioner-Elect Chloe Eudaly since it urges City Council-level action to advance Information Communications Technology (ICT) the policy development, implementation, and oversight in Portland. Key findings of the report include:


• The City of Portland continued its early leadership regarding open data and… Full Post >>

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May Your Blessings Be Too Many to Count



May Your Blessings Be Too Many to Count

It is a wonderful thing that in our country we stop on the fourth Thursday in November to be grateful. It has always struck me that a national day of Thanksgiving shows great wisdom. How prudent to have a day for proclaiming an attitude of gratitude. So, though it has been a long and contentious year, I thought that on this Thanksgiving Day I would share with you a few of my many blessings.


I am grateful for my wonderful immediate and extended family, and the… Full Post >>

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Giving Tuesday: Top Ten Reasons To Support CUB



Giving Tuesday: Top Ten Reasons To Support CUB

We have a day for giving thanks, and we have #GivingTuesday; a day for giving back. And to remind you why supporting CUB is a great way to give – let me share with you the Top Ten Reasons to Support CUB! Learn more about CUB’s Giving Tuesday campaign at oregoncub.org/membership/givingtuesday.


#10 - CUB works to keep local control of Oregon’s resources
In 1999, CUB stopped Enron’s deregulation plan under which they would have sold off all of PGE’s assets and dismantled the utility.… Full Post >>

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Oregon Utility Customer Survey Results



Oregon Utility Customer Survey Results

Earlier this summer, CUB launched an Oregon Utility Customer Survey to learn more about to what extent CUB’s constituency has an interest in or background knowledge of a range of pressing energy issues. CUB developed the survey project with an additional goal in mind: to enhance and inform the conversation at CUB’s annual energy policy conference.


At this year’s conference, The Future Starts Now, CUB organized a special panel to discuss “what consumers want”. CUB requested that the panel group – comprised of utility representatives and energy advocates –… Full Post >>

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