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Posts from July, 2015

Summer Beer Summit: Celebrating Our Inaugural Anniversary Club Members



Summer Beer Summit: Celebrating Our Inaugural Anniversary Club Members

Last Thursday, June 25th, on a balmy summer evening at the historic Widmer Brothers Pub, Inaugural Anniversary Club members met with CUB’s Executive Director Bob Jenks, along with other key staff, to discuss a range of important issues facing residential utility customers in Oregon. Consistent themes emerged, including CUB’s position on Governor Kate Brown’s thwarted transportation package and the ongoing need for our work to close Northwest coal plants.


By the end of the evening, attendees and… Full Post >>

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Posts from June, 2015

Special CUB Conference Preview: Opening Panel with NW Utility CEOs



Special CUB Conference Preview: Opening Panel with NW Utility CEOs

Summer marches forward, and CUB’s staff is gearing up for our fifth annual conference, Utility 2025: Building the Northwest’s Energy Future. Registration is now open for this year’s event, which is shaping up to be our most expansive and forward-looking conference to date. We look forward to hearing and sharing many fruitful conversations on the issues that will define the next decade.


With the theme of Utility 2025, we will ask two sets of questions: 1) What challenges… Full Post >>

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Victory for Protection of Ratepayer Funds in Oregon Legislature



Victory for Protection of Ratepayer Funds in Oregon Legislature

There are a few things in life that you can expect in June: school lets out, Father’s Day, Flag Day, and the Oregon legislature tries to raid ratepayer funds.


It seems as though toward the end of nearly every legislative session for the past several years, legislators try to divert ratepayer dollars, collected through the public purpose charge dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy, to various pet projects. We’ve often written about those various attempts, such as the one Full Post >>

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State Legislative ACTION ALERT: Misuse of Ratepayer Money



State Legislative ACTION ALERT: Misuse of Ratepayer Money

As part of your monthly bill for electric and/or gas, you pay a small amount to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy BUT guess what?  The Oregon legislature is once again trying to re-direct ratepayer money away from energy efficiency and renewable energy. And we need your help to stop them.


In their rush to put together a transportation package in the waning days of the session, the legislature is proposing re-directing $14.8 million away from efficiency in schools and investments… Full Post >>

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Trapped in Digital Darkness: FCC and Congress Make Joint Effort to Modernize Lifeline



Trapped in Digital Darkness: FCC and Congress Make Joint Effort to Modernize Lifeline

Throughout much of 2014, there were rumblings, from back channels inside both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress, that the Lifeline program (a landmark government initiative providing discounted monthly telephone service for eligible low-income subscribers) was on deck for a much-needed overhaul.


In March of this year, not long after the FCC proposed sweeping new rules to safeguard the “Open Internet”, the rumblings only grew louder. Then, earlier this month, both the FCC and members… Full Post >>

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