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 Lower water levels will impact recreation at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs - 05/21/18

Contact: Bob Gravely                                                                                                   May 21, 2018

503-813-7282                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 Lower water levels will impact recreation at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs

Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs to drop 10-15 feet below normal

 

Klamath Falls, Ore. —PacifiCorp is advising those who use Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs for recreation to expect impacts from lower reservoir levels, including the closure of boat ramps over the Memorial Day weekend.

 

PacifiCorp started adjusting project operations on May 21 to begin lowering the reservoirs after finalizing plans with the Bureau of Reclamation and others to make additional water from the reservoirs available to the Bureau of Reclamation in Upper Klamath Lake. Reclamation will use this water to maintain Upper Klamath Lake elevations and to support deliveries to Klamath Project irrigators to cover a shortfall until water deliveries to the Klamath Project take place in June.

 

While lowering of the reservoirs in late April to make available an initial 10,500 acre-feet to support agricultural needs could be done with limited impacts to Copco reservoir, lowering the reservoirs by 20,000 acre-feet below normal levels will drop both Copco and Iron Gate by an estimated 10-15 feet.

 

As a result, the company began closing boat ramps on May 21. Ramps are expected to remain closed until mid-June in Iron Gate reservoir. Ramps in Copco reservoir are likely to remain closed longer as the reservoir refills over the summer.

“We regret the impacts, especially as a holiday weekend approaches, but hope the community understands that the water is being used to help their neighbors get through a difficult time,” said Todd Andres, Pacific Power’s regional business manager in Klamath Falls.

During the reservoir drawdown PacifiCorp expects peaking flows below J.C. Boyle dam in Klamath County, Ore. will be sufficient to support whitewater rafting over the holiday weekend.

 

 

 

To reduce similar impacts at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs in the future, PacifiCorp plans to extend existing boat ramps to make the water accessible at lower reservoir levels.

Lowering Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs in Siskiyou County, Calif., allows the Bureau of Reclamation to retain water in Upper Klamath Lake and remain in compliance with Klamath River flow and Upper Klamath Lake level requirements in place to protect endangered and threatened fish. Any extra water not required to maintain Upper Klamath Lake elevations would be available to Project irrigators.

 

 

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Hold on to your balloons! - 05/10/18

Contact:  Pacific Power media hotline                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

               1-800-570-5838                                           May 10, 2018

 

Hold on to your balloons!
With celebrations from Mothers’ Day to graduations at hand, Pacific Power reminds that balloons don’t mix with power lines

PORTLAND, Ore. –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.”

 

In 2017, Pacific Power recorded 17 instances where balloons caused outages somewhere in the three states the company serves. In 2016, there were 26 such outages, roughly the same number of outages as those caused by lighting.

 

“While this may not seem like very many events,” Harkin said, “they are preventable. If we can keep customers from being inconvenienced by asking people to be more careful in how they handle balloons, we’ll do it.”

 

There are steps you can take to help minimize the potential dangers:

 

  • Keep the balloons indoors where they can’t rise into overhead power lines or drift into contact with transformers or substations.

 

  • Make sure the string for each balloon is securely attached and short enough to control its direction.

 

  • Attach a weight to the balloon’s string so it cannot float away; and never intentionally release metallic balloons.

 

  • Deflate balloons after the holiday and keep as a memento or dispose of properly. Birds and squirrels have been known to carry balloon remnants onto lines.

 

  • Never chase a loose balloon across streets or attempt to retrieve a balloon from a power line or substation. 

 

  • If you notice a balloon near a power line, do not try to retrieve it. Report it to Pacific Power by calling 1-888-222-7070 anytime.

 

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About Pacific Power

Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. As part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide approximately 1.7 million customers in six western states with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.

Pacific Power brings smart meters to Klamath Falls, Lakeview areas - 05/07/18

Pacific Power media hotline:                                      May 7, 2018   

1-800-570-5838                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Pacific Power brings smart meters to Klamath Falls, Lakeview areas

 

The new meters, installed free of charge, help shorten outages, provide daily usage data, and keep Oregon a leader in using clean, renewable energy.

 

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Pacific Power is bringing more efficient and effective smart meters to residents and businesses of the Klamath and Lake County areas, replacing thousands of aging electric meters.

 

About 40,000 new meters will be installed in the area which includes Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Chiloquin, Bly, Beatty, Bonanza and other unincorporated areas. The installations are set to begin in Klamath Falls on May 7 and will continue throughout the area through July. In all, Pacific Power will replace 590,000 meters in communities across the state from now through fall 2019.

 

“Installing smart meters is a key step toward the power grid of the future here in Oregon and our customers here in local community all benefit,” said Todd Andres, Pacific Power’s regional business manager for the Klamath and Lake County area. “By vastly improving our meter technology, we can deliver power more reliably and shorten outages, save costs, and allow for better management of renewable sources.”
 

The new smart meters will:

 

  • Instantly track outages, meaning faster service response and shorter outages overall.
  • Let customers view their power usage hour-by-hour, so they can adjust their activity to reduce both their carbon footprint and bill.
  • Provide businesses with detailed usage reporting which will help them cut costs and make investments in items that help their business grow.
  • Update the grid to work more efficiently and better integrate renewable power sources.

“Our region is one built on innovation, so I am proud that the communities here in the Klamath Falls area will be playing a part to drive innovation both locally and for our state,” said Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall. “This is a smart upgrade that helps our residents manage their energy use and keeps things running smoothly day to day.
 

More than 70 million smart meters have been installed nationwide, which includes half of all households in the U.S.. Smart meters are a key component to updating the energy grid originally built for technology from 100 years ago. They also help Pacific Power hold down operating costs, improve customer service and reliability while maintaining the highest standards of security and customer privacy.

Access to daily energy usage information will be available to customers via a secure website. This near real-time energy usage information will let customers better understand what is driving their electric bills and help them make decisions that can save energy and money. This capability will come about six weeks after a new meter is installed.

 

“We are connecting our small communities throughout Oregon in a way that improves the reliability and efficiency of the grid, both at home and at work,” said Andres. “With smart meter technology now mature, proven and available at competitive prices, we can deliver the benefits without any additional cost to customers.”

 

Here’s what customers can expect during the installation process:

 

  • Customers will be notified before installation through the mail and will receive detailed information about the new smart meters. Reminder calls will be made to customers as their scheduled installation date approaches.

 

  • Pacific Power’s authorized installer, Aclara, will arrive between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to make installations. Installers will drive vehicles and carry badges that identify them as an authorized contractor of Pacific Power. Unless an electric meter is inside, they will not need to enter customer homes.

 

  • During the installation, Pacific Power technicians will remove the old meter, install the new meter, restore service and verify the new meter is working properly. This process will require a brief power outage (less than five minutes). The technicians will leave a door hanger to let customers know they were there, and successfully installed the new smart meter.
     
  • Pacific Power will manually read the newly installed smart meters for as long as it takes to confirm everything is working correctly. After meter installations are complete in the area, meter reading will happen remotely.
     
  • Approximately six weeks following the installation when all area installs are complete, customers can sign in to their Pacific Power account to access the newly available usage data. Customers can sign up for their web account here.

 

If customers have any concerns, have not received the proper series of notices or have any reason to think a notification is not legitimate, customers should hang up and call Pacific Power’s customer service at 1-800-221-7070 immediately to verify whether they are scheduled for an installation.

 

Additional information, including installation updates are available at www.pacificpower.net/smartmeter. Customers can also call 866-869-8520 for help with any questions.

 

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

 

PacifiCorp lowering Klamath hydro project reservoirs to support basin agriculture needs - 04/27/18

Contact: Bob Gravely                                                                                                  April 27, 2018

503-813-7282                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 PacifiCorp lowering Klamath hydro project reservoirs to support basin agriculture needs

 

Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs to drop about five feet below normal

 

Klamath Falls, Ore. —PacifiCorp began reducing flows out of Link River Dam in Klamath Falls Thursday afternoon in response to a request from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to assist efforts to meet competing demands for water in the Klamath Basin.

 

The reduced flows out of Link River will result in lower water levels in the Iron Gate and Copco reservoirs, located along the Klamath River in Siskiyou County, California. Flows out of Link River Dam will drop from about 1,600 cubic feet per second on Thursday morning to about 400 cfs by Monday.

 

Adjusting operations of the Klamath hydro project will allow 10,500 acre-feet of water to be retained in Upper Klamath Lake. This will allow the Bureau of Reclamation to divert an equivalent amount of water to allow irrigators to charge their canals and begin the irrigation season, while also complying with Klamath River flow and Upper Klamath Lake level requirements to benefit endangered and threatened fish.

 

While the resulting drop in water levels at Iron Gate and Copco reservoirs will be noticeable, boat ramps and other recreational opportunities should not be impacted under the current drawdown plan.

 

“It’s unfortunately another challenging water year in the Klamath Basin,” said Todd Andres, Pacific Power’s regional business manager in Klamath Falls. “Our hope is that by working with Reclamation and others that we can help stretch existing supplies to meet the many competing needs for water.”

 

 

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About PacifiCorp

PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving almost 1.8 million customers in the West. PacifiCorp operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. For more information, visit pacificorp.com.