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Legislative & Political
Posts from September, 2013
This week, the US Senate Energy Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will begin consideration of Ron Binz’s appointment to be Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
I first met Ron Binz in 1991 and I believe he is an inspired choice to be the Chair of FERC. In those days Ron was the Director of the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel, and was the President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. I,… Full Post >>
Posts from August, 2013
The Oregon Legislature ended its 2013 session on July 8 at 2:48pm. But the legislature gave us a little post-session homework which delayed this report. Now that it’s all wrapped up, we can give you a final session report. Overall, it’s fair to say that we had a solid session.
On December 6, 2012, CUB posted a blog about our legislative priorities. Here’s what we listed:
1) Require better analysis of utility coal investments;
2) Adopt appliance efficiency… Full Post >>
Posts from May, 2013
CUB’s Board of Governors work hard. Elected by our members, they spend hours setting the organization’s policies, overseeing our finances, and making sure that the organization fulfills its mission to represent residential ratepayers.
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Last week, board members set up shop in Oregon’s state capitol to help push CUB’s legislative agenda. After weeks of getting reports on the progress of the various bills for which CUB is advocating, the board did their part by meeting with key legislators to move some important bills forward.
Posts from April, 2013
The Northwest Environmental Business Council is hosting their 11th annual Future Energy Conference in Portland on April 16th and 17th. Held at the Red Lion Hotel in Jantzen Beach, this two day event will bring together a wide range of members of the energy industry throughout the Pacific Northwest. CUB is proud to be a supporter of this event and will be participating in two event panels. CUB’s Organizing Director, Jeff Bissonnette, will be giving a mid-session legislative update in the “Report…
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Posts from March, 2013
Earlier this week, we wrote about SB 807, the bill CUB believes adds nothing to the transparent way that the Energy Trust of Oregon operates but does add unnecessary costs to the independent audits and reviews the ETO is already required to undergo. It got us thinking a bit about the great value that the ETO does deliver to ratepayers.
In the decade that the Energy Trust has been serving utility customers, they have helped the customers of Portland General… Full Post >>