Oregon EV charging station projects receive funding from Pacific Power grant

Oregon EV charging station projects receive funding from Pacific Power grant

Portland, Ore. – More Oregon cities are getting help with charging-up from a Pacific Power grant program. Electric vehicle charging station projects from Pendleton to Grants Pass – 9 in all – will receive up to 100% of eligible costs. The program is designed to assist non-profits, local governments and businesses with providing employees, customers and the general public with more options to charge electric vehicles. Launched in late 2018, the electric charging station grant program has awarded over $700,000 to 25 recipients in Oregon. 

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ODF Partnering with utilities to reduce wildfire risk

ODF Partnering with utilities to reduce wildfire risk

Salem, Ore - The Oregon Department of Forestry shared its web-based Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer tool to the Public Utilities Commission this week in an effort to reduce the number of wildfires started by power lines. ODF was joined at the PUC workshop by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Pacific Power to introduce measures utility companies are taking to prevent ignitions or provide quick response when fires occur.

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Reducing risk of wildfire Pacific Power may cut electricity in high-risk areas during extreme conditions

Reducing risk of wildfire Pacific Power may cut electricity in high-risk areas during extreme conditions

As wildfires become more frequent and intense throughout the West, protecting the communities we serve from this increasing threat, while providing safe, reliable power, is our highest priority. We are building on our work over past years to strengthen our system and implement additional safety measures to reduce wildfire risks.

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Pacific Power President/CEO to be keynote speaker at OIT Commencement

Pacific Power President/CEO to be keynote speaker at OIT Commencement

On June 16, 2019, Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” will hold its 71st annual commencement ceremony in Klamath Falls at Oregon Tech’s John F. Moehl Stadium. President and CEO of Pacific Power, Stefan Bird, will deliver the keynote address, as nearly 800 students and their families celebrate graduation from the university.

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PacifiCorp and Tribes applaud dam removal agreement with Kiewit

PacifiCorp and Tribes applaud dam removal agreement with Kiewit

Portland, OR – PacifiCorp has entered into a site access agreement with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. to allow the firm to conduct initial surveying and other work connected to planned removal of four dams on the Klamath River.

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Pacific Power offers new Equal Payment Plan opt-out option

Pacific Power offers new Equal Payment Plan opt-out option

PORTLAND, Ore. — As part of a statewide metering upgrade designed to improve service to customers through shorter outages and hour-by-hour energy usage information, Pacific Power is providing an additional offering for customers who wish to opt out. As part of a final filing to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Oregon on Monday, March 11, Pacific Power will now offer a commission-approved Equal Payment Plan Opt-out option to help reduce monthly fees starting March 13.

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Be Prepared: Snow, Ice Could Trigger Power Outages Throughout Northwest

Arctic weather is sweeping into the Northwest, bringing ice, heavy snow and the threat of power outages. Pacific Power is urging its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

The National Weather Service is forecasting extended periods of snow throughout the coming week with temperatures dipping below freezing every evening and snow accumulations of up to a foot at low elevations.

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Fast-Charging Electric Vehicle Station Coming to Downtown

Fast-Charging Electric Vehicle Station Coming to Downtown

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore—The first of up to seven electric car fast-charging stations to be developed by Pacific Power in Oregon communities is set for Klamath Commons Park in Klamath Falls.

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Heat Wave this Week Upper 90's for Basin

Heat Wave this Week Upper 90's for Basin

Temperatures will reach the triple digits across the valleys west of the Cascades and northern California. Meanwhile, highs will soar into the upper 90s for many areas east of the Cascades. Overnight temperatures will be quite warm during this time as well so there will be little relief from the heat at night. If you’re looking for a break from the heat, head to the coast or to the mountains. 

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Hold On to Your Balloons

Hold On to Your Balloons

Balloons capture the imagination with their aspirational upward drift. But their lighter than air quality can get out of hand, literally, and have unintended consequences for the power grid.

“Balloons may seem like small things,” said Steve Harkin, Pacific Power’s director of safety and training. “But when escaped balloons touch power lines or substations, even the smallest amount of metal content material can conduct electricity.  This can interfere with lines, causing power fluctuations and outages.”

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Editorial: Smart Meters are Coming

Editorial: Smart Meters are Coming

If you are like me, you probably have received a letter from Pacific Power about the installation of a new smart meter on your home or business. I just received mine today and, in a nutshell, the letter provides me an overview of what is going on with the update, how the update is being performed and when to expect the installation.

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Ewauna 2 Solar Project to Produce Clean, Renewable Energy

Ewauna 2 Solar Project to Produce Clean, Renewable Energy

Clean Focus Renewables, Inc. ("Clean Focus") completed Ewauna 2, a 3.867 MW ground-mount solar project in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  It will distribute renewable energy to PacifiCorp for the benefit of Oregon residents.  Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC ("Greenskies") will maintain the solar array, and Clean Focus Yield Limited will operate the system as part of its large portfolio of commercial, industrial, small utility, and community solar projects.

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