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Posts from October, 2014

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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A Small Step Toward Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions



In 2013, CUB supported the passage of Senate Bill 844, a bill that allows gas utilities (NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista) to conduct projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver some other customer benefits. When they successfully reduce emissions and provide other benefits, the utility can receive some sort of additional financial benefit. Electric utilities (Portland General Electric, Pacific Power) chose not to participate.


Does providing an incentive for a gas utility to reduce greenhouse gasses take the place… Full Post >>

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Shining a Light on the Role of Natural Gas in a Changing Climate



Shining a Light on the Role of Natural Gas in a Changing Climate

A decade ago, few people would have guessed the significant role that natural gas would come to play in energy policy, prices, and planning. Today, however, we look back and see record highs and lows for gas prices, and environmental regulation discouraging coal and petroleum exploration and use. We’re left with little doubt that the future is going to be interesting. Some have pointed to the development and implementation of natural gas in markets that have historically been led… Full Post >>

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