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Posts from April, 2015
CUB and Pacific Power sat down recently and reached an agreement on the costs associated with the utility’s proposal to close the Deer Creek Mine. Earlier, CUB filed testimony which supported the closure of the mine, but opposed the method that the Company sought to recover the costs from ratepayers. The effect of the agreement, if approved, is that customers will see a 1.1 % increase in January 2016, rather than a 3% increase this May.
The centerpiece of the transaction… Full Post >>
If you’re a current or aspiring homeowner, you’ve probably wondered about the possibility of installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate electricity and save on your electric bills. But did you know that there’s an older and equally cost-effective technology that harnesses just as much of the sun’s energy while using less roof space? The technology? Solar water heaters.
Unlike solar PV panels, which generate electricity, solar water heaters save energy. They do it by preheating water before it gets to your water… Full Post >>
This article originally appeared on the MetroEast Community Media blog, and is reposted here with the author’s permission. Rob Brading is the CEO of MetroEast and a member of the CUB Board of Governors.
As you probably know by now — how could you avoid it? — the FCC acted yesterday to preserve net neutrality. Even if you’re sick of hearing about the FCC and net neutrality, it’s not going away any time soon but I wanted to draw attention to another action the FCC… Full Post >>
PGE recently filed a general rate case which proposes to raise rates in January 2016 and later in the second quarter of 2016. The first increase is 2.6% on residential customers and the second is 4.3%. The reason for the second increase is that it corresponds with the date when PGE’s new power plant comes on-line. PGE proposed to partially offset this increase by paying a refund to customers over one year rather than two years. In addition, because the BPA’s residential exchange credit (the…
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Posts from March, 2015
As the state’s premier advocate for residential ratepayers, CUB supports the passage of Senate Bill 477 (dubbed the Coal to Clean Bill) because in addition to being good for the environment it is also good for ratepayers. On Wednesday, March 25 I gave testimony to the Senate Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources in favor of this bill.