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Stay safe while working in the yard - 10/06/21

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Stay safe while working in the yard

Pacific Power offers safety tips for homeowners preparing for fall

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 6, 2021) — As the leaves turn, fall weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest. For some homeowners, this means pruning trees and taming overgrown gardens, for others it means cleaning the gutters or painting the house. Many outdoor projects like these can be hazardous if you don’t put safety first.

 

“Now is a great time to prune any trees that could cause trouble once the storms start coming in,” said Joe Cissna, Pacific Power’s health and safety manager. “Winter storms bringing down branches is a big cause of power outages. Check around your property if any trees or branches could harm power lines if they fell. Some preventive work now could save more headaches and power outages later.”

 

Use caution when pruning trees. Don't use pruning tools or ladders near power lines. Always keep yourself and anything you're handling at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. Never try to remove a branch that is tangled or lying across a power line. Instead, call us at 1-888-221-7070. We'll be happy to remove it for you. 

 

  • Treat all electric lines with caution. 
  • Use only wooden and fiberglass ladders. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
  • Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas. Additionally, make sure outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, designed to automatically disconnect if the tool comes into contact with water. 
  • Be aware and steer clear of overhead electrical wires when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing gutters.
  • Have help when installing or adjusting a satellite dish or antenna. Make sure you’re working at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. 
  • Plant trees and shrubs away from meters, switching cabinets and boxed transformers. Vegetation blocking electrical equipment makes repairs and maintenance challenging and sometimes dangerous for utility workers.
  • Underground power lines are just as dangerous as overhead ones. If your project involves digging, make sure the locations of underground power lines are marked. Call 811 to have underground utilities located and marked for free. 

 

For more safety tips or to order free Pacific Power safety materials, call toll free at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

 

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About Pacific Power

Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to more than 770,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 2 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

 

Safety crops up as priority during busy fall harvest season - 10/06/21

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Safety crops up as priority during busy fall harvest season

Pacific Power helps farmers and ranchers keep safety first and avoid potential electrical hazards

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 6, 2021) — Harvests of many kinds are well underway in the many rural communities Pacific Power serves, from apples and pears to peas and pumpkins. The busy fall harvest season is the most highly productive yet most dangerous time of the year for farmers, ranchers and their work crews, according to the National Agricultural Safety Database.

 

“As the Northwest’s largest rural power supplier, we know that fall harvest is a critical time of year. This is when the year’s investment pays off, but only if you take the time to stay safe, which is why we are focused on this season as much as you are,” said Joe Cissna, health and safety manager for Pacific Power. “Electricity helps with the harvest, but if you take it for granted and try to cut corners, tragedy could result.”

 

Customers and the public can get important safety materials, including Pacific Power’s “Electrical Safety on Your Farm or Ranch” brochure, or “Alerta! Fuera de Casa” brochure in Spanish, and “Look Up and Live” irrigation safety stickers in both English and Spanish – or schedule a free safety presentation – by calling Pacific Power toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or by visiting pacificpower.net/safety.

 

There are three main areas in which to concentrate safety efforts:

 

Power Line Safety

  • Be aware of overhead power lines. Lower augers, harvesters or other equipment to transport level to ensure adequate clearance when near power lines. Know the height of cultivators or planters in the fold-up position; the equipment may be taller than during field use. 
  • If a tractor or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, remain seated until help arrives. If there is danger of fire, jump as far away from the tractor as possible and keep your feet together when landing. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Many injuries have occurred when equipment operators attempted to get back on or touch equipment after dismounting.
  • Never attempt to raise or move a power line.
  • Watch for guy wires, which are attached to and support utility poles and the ground. Striking a guy wire can damage your equipment and weaken a pole or even bring live power lines down, creating an extremely hazardous situation.
  • Do not erect fence wire along the same route as an overhead line and do not string fence wire where it may come into contact with an overhead line.

 

Electrical Safety

  • Make sure all outlets are three-hole, grounded outlets with faceplates.
  • Install a lock-out switch that can turn off all electricity to one area, for fast action in an emergency.
  • If there are any doubts about the state of electrical circuits, wiring or equipment on a farm, have a licensed electrician inspect them.
  • Properly ground the entire electrical system and protect ground wires and rods from damage.

If a line has fallen on the ground or on some other object or piece of equipment, always assume it’s hot, live or energized. Stay clear, keep others away and call 911 and Pacific Power toll free at 1-888-221-7070. 

 

Another great source for safety information is the National Agricultural Safety Database. Visit nasdonline.org to find out more.

 

“By being extra careful and refreshing everyone on safety, especially with an expanded workforce on hand, we can all work together and enjoy a safe and bountiful harvest,” said Cissna.

 

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About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 770,000 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 providers in the United States, with 2 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. 

Pacific Power wants to hear from you on its Clean Energy Implementation Plan - 10/04/21

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Pacific Power wants to hear from you on its Clean Energy Implementation Plan

 

YAKIMA, Wash.—Oct.4, 2021--Join Pacific Power’s public participation meeting on Wed., Oct. 6 to provide feedback on our Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP), a four-year roadmap that will guide our clean electricity programs, actions and investments between now and 2025. 

            Your input will help us better understand the benefits you would like to see in a clean energy future.

 

Meeting details:

Wed., Oct. 6, 2021

6 – 8 p.m. Pacific time

 

Conference call-in information:

Web: https://rmi-org.zoom.us/j/98435059500

Phone: 888-788-0099 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 984 3505 9500

 

            These are open public meetings for Pacific Power customers. The meeting will include Spanish interpretation services. There will be a brief introduction and then we will walk through components of the plan, answering questions at frequent intervals. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may submit written comments directly to CEIP@PacifiCorp.com.

            We look forward to providing you with an update on the development of Pacific Power’s CEIP and obtaining your feedback.

 

Stay Informed

            If you would like to follow the CEIP or learn more, visit pacificorp.com/ceip.

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About Pacific Power

Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to more than 770,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing nearly 2 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net

Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program keeps delivering for customers - 09/29/21

                                                                   

Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program keeps delivering for customers

Customer choices make Blue Sky No. 2 in total renewable energy sales in national ranking

PORTLAND, Ore — Sept.29, 2021--Thanks to more than 80,000 residential and business customers who choose Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy, the popular program ranks second in a national study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for green power sales.  

            The NREL recently released its ranking of leading utility green power programs based on 2020 data. For the 18th consecutive year, PacifiCorp’s Blue Sky program – which includes Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power customers – is being recognized.

            “One-by-one our customers are choosing to make an individual impact by supporting additional renewable energy and local community projects through Blue Sky,” said Etta Lockey, vice president of regulation and customer solutions. “We’re immensely proud of our Blue Sky participants for achieving this national recognition. Their ongoing support allows us to offer Blue Sky to our customers as we have since 2000, when we became one of the first utilities in the nation to make renewable energy options available to our customers.” 

Pacific Power Blue Sky participation consistently increases about 6 percent year over year. Continual growth is anticipated in the future as increasing numbers of customers choose to support renewable energy.

 

“Our Blue Sky participants voluntarily support our program to help bring renewable energy awareness into the forefront of everyday life and lead the way toward a more robust renewable energy future,” said Lockey. 

 

How Blue Sky Works

Blue Sky allows customers to match their energy usage with the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs). It’s a simple way for participants to support new renewable energy in the West, above and beyond PacifiCorp’s substantial and growing commitment to renewables.

 

            Funds from Blue Sky participants’ support has allowed Pacific Power to partner with community organizations to fund more than 144 local renewable projects over the years. These projects have helped community organizations save money on electricity costs and further invest in their missions. For a full list, go to: www.pacificpower.net/community/blue-sky-projects

 

            Pacific Power customers who want to sign up for a renewable power option may call Pacific Power toll free at 800-769-3717 or visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

            The Top 10 utility green pricing program listing is compiled by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the following categories: total sales of renewable energy, total number of customer participants, customer participation rate, green power as a percentage of overall sales, price premium and percentage of solar energy.

            National Renewable Energy Laboratory green power rankings are available online at  www.nrel.gov/analysis/green-power.html

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About Blue Sky

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 19th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. More than 80,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky. 

 

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 770,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

Electric vehicle mobile showcase stops in Astoria this Weds. - 09/27/21

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Electric vehicle mobile showcase stops in Astoria this Weds.

Pacific Power and Forth host free event for North Coast – visitors can talk with experts and test-drive an EV, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of National Drive Electric Week 

ASTORIA, Ore. (Sept. 27, 2021) — North Coast residents looking to learn the latest about electric vehicles have a free opportunity coming this Wednesday, when the Go Forth Mobile Showcase makes its inaugural stop in town. The showcase is made available through a partnership between Pacific Power and Forth, supported by the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

The mobile showcase arrives at the Astoria Food Hub at 1152 Marine Dr. Astoria on Sept. 29 between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can test drive a Tesla Model Y or a Volkswagen ID4, visit the mobile center outfitted with touch screen monitors showing public chargers around Oregon, and talk with on-site experts who can use an “EV Finder” tool designed to match drivers to their ideal EV, based on their lifestyle and budget. There is no cost to attend, although visitors wishing to test drive a vehicle need to sign up in advance to allow for COVID-19 safety protocols. Signups are available here.

“In honor of National Drive Electric Week, we’re giving North Coast residents a sneak peek of the brand-new Go Forth Mobile Showcase, ahead of our 2022 statewide tour,” said Steven Alaman, program manager with Forth, a nonprofit organization focused on EV education. “It’s a perfect opportunity to stop by to learn all about finding, driving and charging an electric car – in one convenient location.”

The project is funded through a $194,500 Pacific Power Oregon Clean Fuels Grant which supports the traveling learning center that is designed to reach the communities it serves throughout the state. It’s one of 11 in a series of grants already awarded by Pacific Power, totaling $1.3 million. 

“Pacific Power is helping our customers and communities move into the future of electric mobility, especially in the small towns we serve, like here on the North Coast” said Alisa Dunlap, Pacific Power regional business manager for the North Coast. “Through our electric mobility grants, we’re helping to support the growth and vitality of our communities and connect them to a 21st Century energy and transportation system and emissions-free living. We’re doing this in a variety of ways through electric school buses, bikes, tractors, as well as cars and EV charging.”

 

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About Forth

Forth is a nonprofit organization advancing electric, shared and smart transportation through innovation, demonstration, advocacy, and engagement. Learn more at www.forthmobility.org.

 

About Pacific Power

At Pacific Power, we proudly serve more than 780,000 customers in 243 communities across Oregon, Washington and California. We strive to be the best energy company in serving our customers while delivering sustainable energy solutions. To achieve our vision, we are guided by our core principles – customer service, employee commitment, environmental respect, regulatory integrity, operational excellence, and financial strength – and a shared purpose of making the lives of our customers better every day. Learn more at www.pacificpower.net.

 

 

Media Advisory: Large crane to 'fly out' turbine for refurbishing - 09/27/21

Large crane to ‘fly out’ turbine for refurbishing

BEND, Ore.—Sept. 27, 2021—Pacific Power will be performing maintenance work on the powerhouse at the Newport Avenue Dam in downtown Bend starting Sept. 27. The work will involve a 90-foot-high crane that will “fly out” a 20,000-pound generating unit for refurbishing.

Media is welcome to capture images of the work as it happens. Please maintain a safe distance and cooperate with any personnel on site.

After work on the turbine takes place, the unit will be swung back in position in late October. We will advise the media of this move as well.

The work is part of Pacific Power’s long term commitment to emission-free power. The 1-megawatt Bend project has served customers for more than 100 years.

The contractor is JR Merit of Vancouver, Wash.

Call Tom Gauntt at 503-807-0497 for more information. Or email at tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com.