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Posts from September, 2014

CUB Water/Wastewater Program Update: We Want to Hear From You!



CUB Water/Wastewater Program Update: We Want to Hear From You!

Last week the Portland Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission held a public hearing that wrapped up the information gathering phase of its work. Ten people testified from a range of perspectives. Workers from the Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Water Bureau also provided input, representing interesting new perspectives in the discussion. 


The Blue Ribbon Commission now turns to developing recommendations for the City Council. This is where you, the ratepayers, come in! Please join us for a… Full Post >>

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Law Students: Summer Clerking and Fall Externing with CUB



Law Students: Summer Clerking and Fall Externing with CUB

Here at CUB, our dedication to education as a component of our staffing strategy through our Education Opportunities program comes with a bittersweet price: at least once a season we have to say goodbye to a talented and hardworking intern, extern or clerk as they finish up their terms with us and make their way on to the next opportunity. This summer, we bade farewell to our summer law clerk Jordan Bailey, who did a good job assisting our Regulatory team with… Full Post >>

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CUB Fights Back with Oregonian’s Editorial Board on Energy Efficiency



CUB has always argued that efficiency is worth investing in because it helps everyone use less energy, which reduces the cost of consumption both for utilities and their customers. We are proud of what the Energy Trust of Oregon has accomplished in the 12 years they have been contracting with Oregon’s utilities to provide energy efficiency services to customers. So we were surprised when the Oregonian’s editorial board advocated for the elimination of some of these services in a recent… Full Post >>

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Posts from August, 2014

Born in ’84: Citizens’ Utility Board a Transformer* for 30 Years!



Born in ’84: Citizens’ Utility Board a Transformer* for 30 Years!

The year 1984 brought us so many events, none of which turned out to be as dire as George Orwell predicted in his novel of the same name.  What did happen that year was that Steve Jobs made light of an Orwellian future when, in front of millions of viewers, he introduced the original Macintosh computer “for the rest of us.” Also in 1984: Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA and Prince’s Purple Rain stormed the airwaves. Tetris swept the nation,… Full Post >>

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CUB Prepares for Confronting Carbon: Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables



CUB Prepares for Confronting Carbon: Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables

As you may already know, CUB’s 2014 Policy Conference will feature a number of topics discussing the complications surrounding mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. One of the challenges currently facing utilities, regulators, and industry stakeholders involves the role of baseload fossil fuels in the energy resource mix. Baseload fossil fuels are the most common resource in most parts of the country, but here in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed to also have a sizeable hydroelectric resource to supply energy to the… Full Post >>

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