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Posts from January, 2015

It’s Board Election Time at CUB!



It’s Board Election Time at CUB!

As a nonprofit that was founded through a ballot initiative, CUB is in a fairly unique position when it comes to the structure of our governing board. Much of the language that forms CUB’s bylaws was spelled out in the bill that created CUB. This language includes CUB’s board election process, and dictates that winter 2014/15 is an election year!


Members of CUB’s Board of Governors are elected by congressional district to 4-year terms. Anyone running for the board must run for the district… Full Post >>

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Portland Sewage Overflows and Goldilocks



Portland Sewage Overflows and Goldilocks

Record rainfall last weekend resulted in a sewage overflow into the Willamette River. That means you need to be avoid Willamette River water for a couple of days. What it does not mean is that the Big Pipe project addressing this problem didn’t work.


There used to be an average of 50 sewage overflows into the Willamette every winter. The Big Pipe project is designed to reduce that number down to four winter overflows, but did not eliminate them.


Think about the story… Full Post >>

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CUB Is In the House! (and the Senate)



CUB Is In the House! (and the Senate)

The 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature got underway this week, with new and returning legislators being sworn in, along with the Governor. The session will officially start on February 2 and continue until about June.


CUB is at the Capitol watching out for consumers every session and 2015 will be no different. Each session we focus on a set of issues that will make a difference for ratepayers’ wallets and make sure their values are represented in good energy and utility… Full Post >>

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Water Supply Pipe Insurance: Proceed with Caution



Water Supply Pipe Insurance: Proceed with Caution

I got a call the other day about a topic that may be of interest to some of our readers. The caller was a new homeowner who was getting mailings pushing the purchase of water service line insurance.  The water service line is the pipe that brings water to your house from the meter and there are companies that sell insurance targeting just these pipes.


The mailings were from legitimate companies, but caution is prudent.


The Portland Water Bureau (PWB)… Full Post >>

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Posts from December, 2014

CUB Looks Ahead to an Exciting 2015



CUB Looks Ahead to an Exciting 2015

As we move past the holiday season, it is time to look forward and 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for CUB.  We have several major cases and projects that will carry into 2015 and we are expecting several additional rate cases, including the first general rate case in years for Cascade Natural Gas.  Here are some of the key things we see coming up:


Clean Power Plan: Last year, the EPA shook up the energy world by releasing… Full Post >>

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