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Posts from December, 2014

CUB Bids Farewell to an Eventful Year



CUB Bids Farewell to an Eventful Year

As 2014 comes to a close, we at CUB feel that it’s important, now – and probably much more so than any other time in recent memory – to take pause and reflect on a transformative year. A year in which many milestones were reached on behalf of Oregon consumers, while new and exciting challenges emerged.


Traditionally, our approach is to regale the year’s highlights through our Annual Report. Each year, we distribute roughly 5,000 physical copies to CUB members… Full Post >>

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Pacific Power Wants to Keep Coal in Your Christmas Stocking



Pacific Power Wants to Keep Coal in Your Christmas Stocking

A little more than 2 years ago, CUB wrote a blog post entitled, “Pacific Power Doesn’t Think Things Through”in which we talked about how Pacific Power seemed hell-bent on keeping coal plants running indefinitely.  CUB was convinced that Pacific Power was investing millions of dollars to retrofit its coal plants without properly considering whether it would be cheaper to phase out the plant, like PGE is doing with Boardman. The Public Utility Commission (PUC) ended up convinced too, and penalized Pacific… Full Post >>

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CUB Celebrates 30 Years, 80’s Style



Almost exactly 30 years ago, in November 1984, CUB was founded by initiative process and an overwhelmingly positive vote of the citizens on Ballot Measure 3, which established CUB as the State of Oregon’s ratepayer advocate. Since then, CUB has worked tirelessly to protect Oregon consumers from inflated utility prices, bad investments, and deregulation.


Last Thursday evening, December 4th, CUB celebrated 30 years of consumer advocacy, in truly rocking 80’s style with over 100 supporters, colleagues, members and friends at the EcoTrust building in… Full Post >>

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CUB Digs Into the Portland Budget Process



CUB Digs Into the Portland Budget Process

Portland’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Work is already underway to develop 2015-2016 budgets for the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and other city agencies. The City Council kicked off this process with a fiscal overview session in early November. The Council will likely prioritize investments to preserve infrastructure.


Let’s take a look at how the City of Portland’s budget process works.


Each city bureau recruits a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). The… Full Post >>

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Changing Climate: 2014 CUB Conference Videos Now Online!



Changing Climate: 2014 CUB Conference Videos Now Online!

On Friday October 24th, the CUB Policy Center held its fourth annual policy conference, Changing Climate: Adapting to New Regulations, at the University of Oregon’s White Stag building. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Conduit blog was our media sponsor this year, featuring the conference in their event calendar and posting a recap article written by Clay Norris. Most notably though, Conduit hired a video production company to touch up video footage of the presentations and panels, and has posted them online… Full Post >>

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