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Legislative Action Alert! Support the Coal to Clean Bill



Legislative Action Alert! Support the Coal to Clean Bill

As the state’s premier advocate for residential ratepayers, CUB supports the passage of Senate Bill 477 (dubbed the Coal to Clean Bill) because in addition to being good for the environment it is also good for ratepayers. On Wednesday, March 25 I gave testimony to the Senate Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources in favor of this bill.


Now I am asking YOU to email your senator and tell her/him to support SB 477, and here is why!… Full Post >>

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Commission Decision in NW Natural Docket Will Cost Customers



Commission Decision in NW Natural Docket Will Cost Customers

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) has issued a decision in a case CUB has been arguing against NW Natural, concerning clean-up of their historic properties. Last year the PUC rejected an agreement on this issue between CUB, NW Natural, PUC Staff, and industrial customers. Unfortunately, their decision will cost ratepayers millions of dollars more than the solution that was proposed in the rejected agreement.


The properties under consideration in this case are two contaminated sites (part of the Portland Harbor Superfund… Full Post >>

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Same Old, Same Old….Except When It’s Not



Same Old, Same Old….Except When It’s Not

One Oregon legislative session looks a lot like another: bills are introduced, committees meet and hear the bills, compromises are offered and some are accepted while others are not, some bills make it to the governor’s desk and some don’t. Of course, the issues and people change from one session to another but the process is pretty stable.


But Oregon doesn’t often see its Governor resign and a new Governor take the helm just weeks into the session. It was an unusual… Full Post >>

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CUB Testifies on Portland Utility Bureau Budget Proposals



CUB Testifies on Portland Utility Bureau Budget Proposals

CUB provided extensive written testimony along with summary comments to the Portland City Council at a public utility rate hearing on March 12, 2015.


Highlights of CUB’s written testimony included:


• A recommendation to allow the Bureau of Environmental Services to charge developers the full sanitary sewer system development charge allowed by state law. This charge was frozen several years ago and steps were not taken to bring this charge back to its legally allowed level. Therefore, full revenue… Full Post >>

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CUB General Counsel And Regulatory Program Director is Leaving CUB



CUB General Counsel And Regulatory Program Director is Leaving CUB

General Counsel and Regulatory Program Director, Catriona McCracken, is leaving CUB. Catriona has been with CUB since 2008.


When Catriona joined CUB in 2008 there were only four other CUB staff members: Bob Jenks, (Executive Director) Jeff Bissonnette (Organizing Director), the late Shannon Floyd (Business and Special Projects Manager) and Karen Jaffe (Grass Roots Fundraising Director). During Catriona’s tenure the CUB Regulatory Program grew from a full-time staff of two FTE to a full time staff of four FTE… Full Post >>

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