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Posts from April, 2014

CenturyLink Seeks Unlimited Authority in Setting Residential Phone Rates



CenturyLink Seeks Unlimited Authority in Setting Residential Phone Rates

CenturyLink is asking the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) to approve a price plan that would allow them to set prices, for basic residential telephone service, without any Commission imposed pricing parameters. If CenturyLink gets its way, it would have complete discretion as to when and how much to raise its rates for basic residential telephone service, thus removing the protection of the OPUC to ensure that its rates are fair, just, and reasonable. This is a big departure from the way that… Full Post >>

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CUB Takes Neutral Position on Water and Sewer Ballot Measure



CUB Takes Neutral Position on Water and Sewer Ballot Measure

This story was originally printed in a press release, submitted to Portland local media outlets on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 16th. You can view the press release here.


Earlier today, CUB announced a neutral position on Portland Ballot Measure 26-156, the proposed initiative to remove water and sewer services from the Portland City Council’s authority and create a district to deliver those services. Portland residents will vote on Measure 26-156 in the upcoming May 20th election.


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PGE Seeks New Rates Effective 2015



PGE Seeks New Rates Effective 2015

Portland General Electric (PGE) filed its 2015 rate case on February 13, 2014, not quite a year after its 2013-2014 rate case. PGE is requesting a total increase of $81.5 million in revenue, over half of which it attributes to two new resources: Port Westward Unit 2, a natural gas plant, and the Tucannon wind farm. PGE estimates that its request for increased revenue will translate into a 5% total increase for all residential class customers, or about $4.92 per customer per month. PGE is asking… Full Post >>

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30th Anniversary Retrospective: Transition From Coal



30th Anniversary Retrospective: Transition From Coal

Birthdays and anniversaries have a way of building perspective.  They also help us take stock of what remains to be accomplished. This year, CUB celebrates 30 years of advocacy, and we’re taking some time to reflect on our accomplishments and what the future holds as we continue to build toward Oregon’s clean energy future. One issue area stands out as timely for such reflection: coal, and its place in the energy landscape of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.


CUB is now preparing to… Full Post >>

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Consumer Alert: Phone Scams On the Rise



Consumer Alert: Phone Scams On the Rise

If you have ever had your wallet stolen, or your car broken into, then you know how lousy it feels to be targeted for theft. Unfortunately, the technology in your home can be employed toward these ends in many creative ways; phone scams, where fraudulent calls are made to your home to try and convince you to pay for a fake bill or fee, are some of the more common approaches. CUB has written in the past about phone scams – in March of last… Full Post >>

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