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Posts from May, 2015
Just shy of $2 million is staying in sewer ratepayer pockets in Portland because the City Council accepted a CUB recommendation to make sure developers pay their fair share.
Thanks to those who sent along CUB’s message to Commissioner Nick Fish - they helped him carry the day with Mayor Hales and the rest of the City Council.
Here is the background: CUB uncovered a City Council decision back in 2011 that reduced the sewer system development charge paid by developers to the Bureau… Full Post >>
Imagine it is the year 2025. Oregon utilities have complied with the 25% RPS and are in the middle of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Energy Imbalance Markets are functioning throughout the region and with demand response programs, customers are actively participating in utility efforts to balance supply and load.
The fifth annual CUB Policy Conference, Utility 2025: Building the Northwest’s Energy Future will occur on Friday, October 23rd, 2015.… Full Post >>
A mere three weeks after the Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved an increase in rates for Avista’s 2014 general rate case, the company is at it again and seeking yet another general rate increase for its Oregon customers.
On September 2nd, 2014, Avista filed a request to increase rates by $9.14 million, or roughly 9.8% of its annual revenues. CUB fought hard and was able to settle the case for much less than what Avista initially asked for—approximately 42% less. On April 9th, 2015,… Full Post >>
Today (Tuesday May 19th) CUB asked the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to reject NW Natural’s Compliance Filing in a case involving potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of costs associated with environmental remediation of the Portland Harbor Superfund site. CUB accused NW Natural of directly ignoring the PUC’s Order in the case and filing a Compliance Filing that would overcharge customers.
This may be the first time in its 30-year history that CUB has asked that a compliance filing be rejected.… Full Post >>
CUB’s research and advocacy has reduced Portland’s residential monthly sewer rate increase. The proposed rate increase from the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) in February was 3.85%. Due to some revenue improvements, that percentage came down to 3.8%, but CUB’s efforts have pushed that number down to 3.6%. That means real money is staying in ratepayers’ pockets over the next city budget year.
Here is what we did:
CUB uncovered a City Council decision made back in… Full Post >>