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Funds available for transportation electrification grant matching and grant writing - 12/06/22

Non-residential customers have access to grant writing support and matching funds 

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 6) – Looking for funds to support grant work? Need help for infrastructure projects in your community? Pacific Power has funds available to support grant writing and grant matching to non-residential customers seeking funds for transportation electrification. 

Nonprofits, local governments and other non-residential Pacific Power customers in Oregon are encouraged to apply for grant writing support to fund projects that benefit Pacific Power customers. Pacific Power is also pleased to make Electric Vehicle (EV) grant matching support funds available to non-residential customers in Oregon who plan to secure additional funding to support Pacific Power customers with EV-related projects.

“We’re committed to helping all Pacific Power customers and communities take advantage of the cost-saving, clean benefits of electric mobility, including in the many rural areas we serve,” said Cory Scott, vice president of community and customer solutions. “The incentives we’re offering show that Pacific Power doesn’t just envision a zero-emission future. We’re building it right now.”

Since 2020, Pacific Power has awarded more than $500,000 to support grant matching and this year has awarded $30,000 in grant writing support. Funding awards will cover up to 100% of the project cost. All non-residential Pacific Power customers in Oregon are eligible to apply with preference given to community-focused organizations, such as school and transit districts, 501(c)(3) organizations and city, county, and regional governments.

Please visit Grant opportunities (pacificpower.net) for more information. Application materials may be submitted to plugin@pacificpower.net.

Pacific Power provides customers with much more than just grant matching and grant writing assistance. Going electric has never been easier: 

  • Technical Assistance. At no cost, Pacific Power offers support to non-residential customers thinking of installing an electric vehicle charging station. We provide an expert site visit, analysis of electric vehicle technology options, costs, rates, and best practices for managing equipment. See  Charging Station & Fleet Planning Technical Assistance (pacificpower.net) for more information. 

 

 

  • Electric Mobility Grants. Pacific Power’s $1.2 million e-mobility grant fund is currently evaluating applications for 2022 and will notify successful recipients soon. The next cycle for e-mobility grants will open in May 2023.

 

  • Transportation Electrification Planning. This work is just the beginning. Pacific Power hosted road shows across the state this fall to get customer and stakeholder input on where we can help take transportation electrification next. See Oregon Transportation Electrification Planning (pacificpower.net) to stay tuned to the next steps in the process. 

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 800,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, natural gas, coal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. 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.  

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Colder than average winter in store for Northwest - 12/06/22

Contact:  Pacific Power media hotline                        

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Colder than average winter in store for Northwest

But Pacific Power tips for conserving energy and managing costs during winter can help you save money while staying comfortable

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 6, 2022--It’s probably no surprise that the colder it gets outside the more energy it takes to keep your house warm. No one can change that basic equation, but with forecasters predicting a colder than average winter blowing our way, there are steps you can take to keep energy bills from giving you the chills.

 

“Cold air sneaks in and warm air leaks out. So, the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done now and the difference will show up as temperatures continue dipping below freezing,” said Cory Scott, vice president for customer and community solutions.

 

Another step is to switch to equal pay. Under equal pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable. Call us any time at 1-888-221-7070 to find out how this program can help you or download the Pacific Power app and make the switch via your mobile device. 

 

“The sooner you call, the better for equal pay,” said Scott. “If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer.”

 

Here are low-cost some tips you can use today to battle cold weather:

 

  • Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.
  • Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won’t get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.
  • Improve your home’s heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.
  • Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500-watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.
  • You can save even more energy by taking a longer range view of your energy use. In Oregon, Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to offer energy efficiency consultation and cash incentives to upgrade your home and save energy and money. Visit pacificpower.net/saveenergy or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, thermal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. 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.

 

 

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Forecast for blustery winter weather in Pacific Northwest makes preparation top priority - 11/29/22

Contact: Pacific Power media hotline            

            503-813-6018                                                  

 

Forecast for blustery winter weather in Pacific Northwest makes preparation top priority

Check your emergency outage kit, keep mobile devices charged, revisit family storm prep plans

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nov. 29, 2022—Forecasters are calling for a cold and windy next few days for the Pacific Northwest, which means you should update your household outage kit.  

 

“Wintery blasts can be unpredictable and lead to power outages,” said Allen Berreth, vice president, operations. “We are always prepared to respond with crews at the ready to repair damage as fast as possible and reduce the amount of time any customer is without service.”

 

Pacific Power’s meteorology team is forecasting periods of wind, rain and snow from late tonight through Thursday. Gusty winds may lead to a few power outages for coastal areas, the Willamette Valley, Pendleton and Walla Walla Wednesday morning. Elsewhere, heavy snow could cause power outages in portions of far southern Oregon and northern California on Thursday, including in and near Klamath Falls and Mount Shasta City. Another round of cold, unsettled weather is expected to arrive late in the week.

 

To ensure that you are prepared for outages, we ask that every home maintain an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:
 

  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated radio and clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Non-perishable foods 
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets

 

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure was not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088 or by texting OUT to 722797.

 

Get the App. The Pacific Power App for mobile devices can become invaluable during an outage. You can report and track an outage affecting you from your mobile device. The app is free and can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play.

 

Pacific Power suggests these safety precautions once a storm has hit:

 

  • Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 immediately, then report it to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088
  • Extensive rain may cause floodingor landslides. Be especially careful of any standing water or even soggy ground. A live down wire may seem to be a safe distance away, but it is still extremely dangerous due to wet conditions.
  • Don’t drive over downed power lines

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, thermal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. 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.

 

 

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Triple Your Impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1 - 11/21/22

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Triple Your Impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1

YAKIMA, Wash.— Nov. 21, 2022 – Recent months have magnified the need in our communities, but helping your neighbors and their families stay warm just got easier. Pacific Power will match every dollar you donate to Project HELP with $2 more.

Project HELP is a nonprofit program providing energy assistance with donated funds. Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find it includes a Project HELP contribution envelope in November. Customers who pay their bills electronically can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power. To enroll in the fixed donation program call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

Donations may be tax-deductible and will be forwarded directly to Project HELP, which is administered by The Salvation Army in the Walla Walla, Yakima and Grandview areas, and Northwest Community Action Center in the Toppenish and Sunnyside areas. They verify eligibility and allocate funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in need from the same county in which the donor resides.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs and direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's customer service number is 1-888-221-7070.

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to more than 764,000 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. 

 

Triple Your Impact: Pacific Power Will Match Your Contribution to Oregon Energy Fund 2-for-1 - 11/21/22

Triple Your Impact: Pacific Power Will Match Your Contribution to Oregon Energy Fund 2-for-1

PORTLAND, Ore —Nov. 21, 2022-- Helping your neighbors and their families stay warm just got easier. Pacific Power will match every dollar you donate to the Oregon Energy Fund with $2 more.

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find it includes an Oregon Energy Fund contribution envelope in November. Customers who pay their bills electronically can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. 

This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power. To enroll in the fixed donation program call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

Donations may be tax-deductible and are forwarded directly to the Oregon Energy Fund, which verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in need from the same county in which the donor resides.

“Pacific Power’s commitment to our mission of supporting household stability is bolstered by compassion, collaboration, and innovation,” said Brian Allbritton, executive director of the Oregon Energy Fund. “Studies have shown that more than a quarter of Oregonians struggle to pay their bills each year. Pacific Power’s partnership helps ensure that our neighbors don’t have to sacrifice food, rent, medicine, or childcare to keep the lights on.”

Last year, donations from Pacific Power’s customers, employees, and the company helped 721 households in need throughout Oregon. These households included 672 children, 253 seniors, and 221 people with disabilities. This year, Pacific Power will match up to $144,000 in donations.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs and direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's customer service number is 1-888-221-7070.

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, thermal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. 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.

 

Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1 - 11/21/22

Media Hotline:                                                            

503-813-6018                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                        

Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1

YREKA, Calif. — Nov. 21, 2022 — Recent months have magnified the need in our communities but helping your neighbors and their families stay warm just got easier. Pacific Power will match every dollar you donate to Project HELP with $2 more.

Project HELP is a nonprofit program providing energy assistance with donated funds. Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find it includes a Project HELP contribution envelope in November. Customers who pay their bills electronically can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. 

This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power. To enroll in the fixed donation program call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

Donations may be tax-deductible and will be forwarded directly to Project HELP, which is administered by The Salvation Army, and verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in Northern California.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs and direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's customer service number is 1-888-221-7070.

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About Pacific Power

Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland and provides electric service to more than 764,000 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. 

Federal Energy Regulator Gives Final Go-Ahead For Historic Klamath Dam Removal Plan - 11/17/22

November 17, 2022

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contacts:

Lisa Lien-Mager, California Natural Resources Agency, Lisa.Lien-Mager@resources.ca.gov, 916-407-6279

Harry Esteve, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Harry.Esteve@state.or.us, 503-951-3856 

Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe, craig@suitsandsigns.com, 916-207-8294

Matt Mais, Yurok Tribe, mmais@yuroktribe.nsn.us, 707-954-0976

Mark Bransom, KRRC, mark@klamathrenewal.org, 510-914-4199

Bob Gravely, PacifiCorp, bob.gravely@pacificorp.com, 503-568-3174 

 

FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATOR GIVES FINAL GO-AHEAD FOR HISTORIC KLAMATH DAM REMOVAL PLAN 

Dam removal, river restoration to start in mid-2023

 

Klamath River Basin, California, and Oregon --- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its final approval Thursday for a plan to remove four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon. 

The order paves the way for enactment of a settlement agreement nearly 15 years in the making by California, Oregon, the Yurok and Karuk Tribes, Berkshire Hathaway Energy-owned utility company PacifiCorp, fishing groups, and other stakeholders to carry out the ambitious plan to remove dams, and address fish populations, river health and Tribal communities and cultures.

In its ruling, FERC commissioners found “surrender of the Lower Klamath Project license and removal of the project to be in the public interest and grant the Renewal Corporation’s surrender application, subject to terms and conditions and acceptance of the license transfer.”

The approval of the dam removal plan provides the final ruling from the federal regulator needed for parties to fully implement the Amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement as signed in 2016. In June 2021, FERC approved allowing dam owner PacifiCorp to be removed from the license for the hydroelectric project and transfer it to the states of California and Oregon and the nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) as co-licensees to carry out removal of the dams pending final sign-off on the dam removal plan.

Following formal acceptance of the license transfer by the states and the KRRC, parties led by the KRRC will take a number of pre-construction steps during 2023 to lay the groundwork to complete removal of the dams. The Copco No. 2 dam will be removed as soon as the summer of 2023 under the approved plan, with removal of J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1 and Iron Gate dams planned during 2024. The four dams are located in Klamath County, Oregon and Siskiyou County California.

 

Settlement party statements

“Today’s action culminates more than a decade of work to revitalize the Klamath River and its vital role in the tribal communities, cultures and livelihoods sustained by it. California is grateful for the partnership of Oregon, the Yurok and Karuk Tribes, Berkshire Hathaway and the many other stakeholders who came together to make this transformative effort a reality for the generations to come.”

 – California Governor Gavin Newsom

 

“This enormous step forward will make historic progress in revitalizing the Klamath River, which is vital to the sustainability of all communities in the Klamath Basin. Beyond ecological restoration, this is also an act of restorative justice. Since time immemorial, the Indigenous peoples of the Klamath Basin have preserved the lands, waters, fish, and wildlife of this treasured region — and this project will not only improve its water and fish habitat, but also boost our economy,” said Governor Kate Brown. “I am grateful for the hard work and perseverance of the region’s tribes, and the partnership of California, who have come together for many years to make this possible.”

 – Oregon Governor Kate Brown

 

“The Klamath salmon are coming home. The people have earned this victory and with it, we carry on our sacred duty to the fish that have sustained our people since the beginning of time.” 

 – Yurok Chairman Joseph James

 

“Today’s victory was well earned by the thousands of people who fought for clean water, healthy fisheries, and environmental justice for Klamath River communities. I am grateful to everyone, from the youth to the elders, Governors Newsom and Brown, and the team from PacifiCorp who made this victory possible.”

 – Karuk Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebary

 

“Today’s ruling is a major achievement for everyone who developed and helped advance this historic agreement over many years. I want to wholeheartedly thank the leadership of Yurok and Karuk tribes, Governors Newsom and Brown and their predecessors, and all of our partners who remained committed to resolving this complex and difficult issue through settlement.

– PacifiCorp President and CEO Stefan Bird

 

"This is an incredible milestone and key step forward on the path to accomplishing KRRC's core mission to remove the four lower Klamath dams. Today's decision is the culmination of decades of collective work by our many dedicated partners and relentless champions of a restored Klamath River to reconnect a basin that had been cut in half for more than a century."

 – KRRC Board President Brian Johnson