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Posts from May, 2016
The 2016 CUB Policy Conference has been on the books for months now for Friday, October 14th, at the Downtown Portland Hilton. Our staff deliberated carefully on this year’s theme, meeting with a number of energy stakeholders and long-time supporters to tease out the issues that are occupying their attention.
Many ideas were thrown around, but one big concept consistently stuck to the wall, and will form the theme of our sixth annual conference: The Future Starts Now.
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As the newly elected CUB/CPC Board Chair, I invite you to apply to join the CUB/CPC Board of Governors. We are looking for people with diverse backgrounds and skills, for example: legal, accounting, environmental science, fundraising, broadband, computer science, and marketing expertise. I have been on the board for a couple of years since I retired from my regional energy law practice and find it a solid way to give back to the community. We are all ratepayers whose interests would not be heard but for CUB’s voice before the…
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At the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a whirlwind of activity characterized the last two years. The debate on Network Neutrality loomed especially large throughout most of 2014 and into the early part of 2015.
While the FCC did reach a historic decision last spring to implement new “Title II” guidelines enforcing “Net Neutrality” through the Open Internet Order, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T quickly sued – and now the fight continues in D.C. Appeals Courts.
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A year ago last week, on April 30th, 2015, Avista Corp, which supplies natural gas to customers in Oregon, filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) to increase annual revenue requirement by $8.6 million. This means that, on an annual basis, Avista proposed to raise bills for customers in Oregon by a sum total of $8.6 million dollars per year. On a percentage basis, this is a proposed 16% increase in base rates (this excludes the pass through cost of gas), after the Company had just finished a rate…
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Last week we said a fond farewell to our Spring Legal Extern Erica Nist-Lund. Erica joined us in January to support our busy regulatory staff and ended her work with us last week in order to prepare for finals and graduation in a few weeks.
Hailing from Fort Meyers Beach, Florida, Erica attended the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated in 2011, with degrees in both Anthropology and Sociology. From there, she headed to Cincinnati, Ohio to campaign for President Obama and Greenpeace. Her next stop… Full Post >>