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Posts from November, 2013
In November 2012, the CUB blog featured a Top 10 list of our biggest reasons to be thankful as we welcomed the holiday season and prepared to close out the year. Since we at CUB have a seemingly endless supply of things to be thankful for, we thought it would be appropriate to continue this tradition.
So, for the second year in a row, here are the Top 10 Reasons that CUB is Thankful in 2013:
1. Our members,… Full Post >>
Posts from October, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013, may prove to be an important day at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC)!
As our regular readers know, for the last two years CUB has been trying to get PacifiCorp (Pacific Power) to seriously analyze and consider alternatives to investing in coal before making billions of dollars of new investments in its aging 26-unit coal fleet. Three years ago CUB worked with Portland General Electric to demonstrate that it was possible to phase out a coal plant as… Full Post >>
Posts from July, 2013
The CUB Policy Center is proud to announce the addition of our “Costs of Coal” webpage. Coal is costly: for ratepayers, for the environment, and for our efforts to move towards a cleaner energy future. On the webpage, we discuss why we think it is imperative that in-depth, Boardman-style analysis is conducted on coal plants, before utilities invest ratepayer money into prolonging their working life.
Posts from April, 2013
Last week, Executive Director Bob Jenks represented CUB at Lewis & Clark Law School’s panel discussion, “Northwest Coal Exports: Making Cents of the Environmental Cost.” On the panel, Bob was joined by Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeeper, and Liz Fuller, representing Ambre Energy, the Australian company developing the proposed coal exports. The panel was moderated by Rob Smith, editor of Portland Business Journal. Smith asked tough questions of all the panelists, making for a successful and thoughtful discussion on…
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Recently, the CUB Board of Governors reviewed its position coal exportation in the Pacific Northwest, and adopted a resolution to oppose the establishment of coal export terminals in Oregon. We’re opposed to coal exportation for several reasons.
First and foremost, CUB expects that a rise in coal exports will ultimately lead to a rise in the price of domestic coal. This is because more coal exported abroad will make less coal available for domestic use –an implicit decrease in the domestic supply of coal. All else… Full Post >>