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Posts from November, 2014

Heat Or Eat: An Unfair Proposition



Heat Or Eat: An Unfair Proposition

Changes in seasons bring to the forefront any number of topics related to household comfort and safety. Home weatherization and other energy efficiency measures become important during bouts of extreme weather (a well-insulated home is paramount whether the thermometer dips below freezing or tops one-hundred) but the effect is not felt equally. The biting old, the persistent winter rains, and even hot summer spells are all felt to a much greater degree by those forced to live in housing that consistently exposes residents to dangerous seasonal… Full Post >>

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From Boondoggle to Boon: 30 Years of CUB Success



From Boondoggle to Boon: 30 Years of CUB Success

In early 1984, when Oregonians for a Citizens’ Utility Board were collecting signatures to mandate the formation of CUB on the ballot, utility companies shrugged their corporate shoulders…they weren’t worried.


You see, in 1983 the utilities had managed to stop an Oregon House Bill that would mandate a Citizens’ Utility Board. This bill, it was said, had more bi-partisan co-sponsors than any bill that had come to the legislature to that point. Despite this strong support, says CUB’s Executive Director… Full Post >>

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CUB and Blue Ribbon Commission Prepare Final Report to City Council on Portland Utility Oversight



CUB and Blue Ribbon Commission Prepare Final Report to City Council on Portland Utility Oversight

Yesterday (Thursday November 13th), the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission presented its preliminary recommendations at a work session of the Portland City Council. The work session format provided the opportunity for an engaging discussion between Oversight Commission members and the City Council. Suggestions and ideas from the City Council will inform the Utility Oversight Commission’s final report, as will input received at the group’s third and final public hearing next week.


The Council Work Session… Full Post >>

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Reflections on Election 2014



Reflections on Election 2014

Well, that was interesting. Election 2014 has officially come and gone.


I’m going to admit something that won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s known me for any length of time: I love Election Day.


For me, Election Day is Christmas, the Super Bowl, the seventh game of the World Series and Graduation Day all wrapped up into one. I love watching the campaigns leading up to the election and I love watching the returns from across the country and closer to home.… Full Post >>

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Avista’s Rates Just Went Up, and May Go Up Again!



Avista’s Rates Just Went Up, and May Go Up Again!

Avista, a gas utility with customers in southern and northeastern Oregon, recently requested a 9.8% rate increase for residential customers. Avista has already received permission to raise residential rates by more than 9.1% in November this year. Combined, these increases will add more than $10 per month to the average residential bill in less than one year. With 97,486 Oregon customers, Avista is Oregon’s second largest gas utility. By comparison, Oregon’s other two gas companies, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas, are… Full Post >>

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