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Posts from September, 2016

Special CUB Conference Preview: How Will Our Solar Garden Grow?



Special CUB Conference Preview: How Will Our Solar Garden Grow?

Solar gardens? The what, why, and how of community solar, sometimes called solar gardens, is the focus of a panel at CUB’s upcoming sixth annual policy conference, The Future Starts Now. Come join us on October 14th at the Downtown Portland Hilton and learn how Oregon’s solar gardens will grow.


The coal transition bill, SB 1547, adopted earlier this year opens the door for community solar. The bill defines community solar projects as “one or more solar photovoltaic energy systems that provide owners… Full Post >>

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CUB Still Wants to Know What Consumers Want



CUB Still Wants to Know What Consumers Want

Earlier this summer, CUB released an Oregon Utility Customer Survey. While CUB has, in years past, surveyed both members and utility customers alike, it’s been a while – and the motivation behind this particular survey largely stems from a panel at our upcoming Energy Policy Conference, The Future Starts Now, called “Read My Lips: What Do Consumers Want?”


In truth, we didn’t quite know what to expect. Internally, CUB staff central to the project went back and forth about what sort of information we… Full Post >>

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CUB Welcomes New Staff Attorney Liz Jones



CUB Welcomes New Staff Attorney Liz Jones

CUB has accomplished a lot in the past three decades, and we have a lot of resources, great partners, and of course our awesome members to thank for much of what we’ve achieved. But we know that none of it would be possible without dedicated, knowledgeable staff.


That’s why we’re so excited this week to welcome Staff Attorney, Liz Jones. Liz hails from Minnesota where she previously represented the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission as an Assistant Attorney General. In that capacity she worked on a wide… Full Post >>

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A Hedge of a Different Color



A Hedge of a Different Color

Earlier this spring, Portland General Electric (PGE) filed its 2017 “Annual Power Cost Update Tariff”, or “Annual Update Tariff” (AUT). In simpler terms, PGE’s AUT is a mini-rate case that is limited to annual changes in their power costs such as fuel. In contrast, a General Rate Case looks at all costs, including payroll, profits, and investments. In their recent filing, PGE lays out, among other things, a proposal to implement a “long-term natural gas hedging program”.


CUB has several concerns with PGE’s long-term gas-hedging proposal, and… Full Post >>

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Posts from August, 2016

Call to Action: Tell Congress to Increase LIHEAP Funding



Call to Action: Tell Congress to Increase LIHEAP Funding

Today CUB is asking you to call your Congressional Representative right now and ask them to increase funding for the Low-income Heat and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Let me tell you why.


As I write this blog I am sitting in front of an open window enjoying a refreshing break in our hotter-than-normal summer and I am struck with the realization that soon I will be shutting my home up tight and turning on the heat. Fortunately, I am not worried about paying the… Full Post >>

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