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Media Statement Regarding 2019 Wildfire Season - 06/13/19

Media Contact:                                                                                   June 13, 2019
Pacific Power media line                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
800-570-5838

 

Media Statement Regarding 2019 Wildfire Season

Pacific Power issues the following statement from Scott Bolton, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Customer Solutions:

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.

As part of this effort, we are working with area emergency services agencies, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and community leaders across Oregon to expand and enhance existing emergency response plans and work in coordination with our communities. This includes some new actions we’re planning for this fire season.

  • We are enhancing vegetation inspections and vegetation clearance around our power lines or poles, increasing facilities inspections, making investments to improve equipment resiliency and fire-proofing, installing local weather stations, and training and equipping our field crews for wildfire suppression.
     
  • For areas at a higher risk of fast-spreading wildfires, we are establishing a new fire prevention measure called a Public Safety Power Shutoff. A Public Safety Power Shutoff is a new measure designed to help keep people and communities in high-risk areas safe, by proactively shutting off power during extreme and dangerous weather conditions that can result in catastrophic wildfires. This measure would only be taken as a last resort to help ensure customer and community safety.

 

  • Pacific Power is working with local governments and emergency services agencies to update them on the conditions when this protocol would be used and seek their input on coordination should we need to deploy a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
     
  • Pacific Power is also launching a public wildfire education and outreach campaign starting June 24 to share wildfire safety and prevention tips and to inform customers of the company’s Public Safety Power Shutoff measure. This will include public information workshops for communities in high-risk areas.

Customers can take steps now to prepare for emergencies by keeping vegetation around their homes trimmed and low and updating their emergency plans and supplies. Customers should also contact us to ensure their contact information is up-to-date, so we can keep provide updates about increased fire risk alerts, potential power outages and updates on power restoration.

For more information, customers may contact Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070 or visit pacificpower.net/wildfiresafety.

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Left to right: Monte Mendenhall, Pacific Power regional business manager, Jon Hall, Siskiyou County Facilities Manager, Chad Lawson, Siskiyou County
Left to right: Monte Mendenhall, Pacific Power regional business manager, Jon Hall, Siskiyou County Facilities Manager, Chad Lawson, Siskiyou County
County of Siskiyou named wattsmart Business Partner of the Year by Pacific Power (Photo) - 06/10/19

Yreka, Cali.—June 10, 2019—Pacific Power has selected County of Siskiyou as a 2019 wattsmart Business Partner of the Year award recipient for its leadership in energy efficiency.

“Siskiyou is honored to be selected as the 2019 wattsmart Partner of the Year,” says Terry Barber, County Administer. “It was a pleasure working with Pacific Power on our energy efficiency projects.” 

Since 2016, County of Siskiyou California has completed 11 energy-efficiency projects in partnership with Pacific Power. The County has upgraded to energy-saving LED lighting in its buildings. Most of the upgrades have been from 4-lamp T8/T12 fluorescents to 2-lamp tubular LED replacements and removing excess lighting. Some of the buildings benefiting from the upgrade include the library, courthouse and the road department.

“As a small rural economically poor County, programs like this make it possible for us to modernize our facilities and stretch our scarce resources,” says Barber. “We’re proud of our facilities team who used the program to improve lighting and employee safety at several facilities while lowering our overall utility operating costs for the County and taxpayers.”

These projects yield nearly 285,500 kilowatt-hours a year of energy savings, enough to power approximately 27 typical homes in northern California for a year. County of Siskiyou received $34,000 in wattsmart Business incentives from Pacific Power for the projects. The energy-cost savings resulting from these projects reduce the country’s electric bill by more than $42,000 annually.

“We are excited to recognize County of Siskiyou as the wattsmart Business Partner of the Year for their leadership and commitment to realizing significant energy cost-savings,” says Monte Mendenhall, regional business manager. “Pacific Power is always looking for ways to work with our business customers, big and small, to help power their bottom line while looking at the bigger picture. Programs like wattsmart give us an avenue to have a direct impact on business customers’ out-of-pocket energy costs while also doing something good for the environment through efficiency upgrades.”

Pacific Power’s wattsmart Business is available to commercial, industrial and agricultural customers in California for technical expertise and cash incentives to improve energy efficiency. For details on how to participate in energy-saving programs, visit bewattsmart.com.

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 1.9 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 to host customer workshop in Joseph - 05/30/19

Media Contact:                                                           May 30, 2019 

Lisa Scholin, 503-320-9379                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    

Pacific Power to host customer workshop in Joseph

Event will provide helpful information about Pacific Power’s metering upgrade

and new features that can help save energy and money

 

JOSEPH, Ore. — As part of the rollout of smart meters in Eastern Oregon, Pacific Power is hosting a customer workshop in Joseph to share information about the upgrade and help customers learn about new account features that can help them save more energy and money in the coming months. Smart meter installations are expected to start in the Wallowa County area the week of July 8 and are part of a statewide rollout of 590,000 new meters which began in January 2018 and continues through 2019.

 

“Pacific Power has a 100-year history of serving local communities by powering our customers’ lives both at home and at work. We are upholding that commitment by upgrading our metering technology and helping our customers learn how the improvements we are making now will support them better in the future,” said Lori Wyman Pacific Power’s regional business manager for Eastern Oregon. “This event is an opportunity for customers to try out new tools which will offer greater insights into their energy usage and see how the new meters will help us deliver faster more responsive service.”

 

The workshop will begin with a presentation by Pacific Power, followed by an opportunity for customers to talk one-on-one with Pacific Power staff, gather information, and see demonstrations. Information on energy efficiency and renewable energy options will also be available. The event is free to attend, appetizers and drinks will be provided.

 

Joseph Workshop – Wednesday, June 19 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Location: Outlaw Restaurant & Saloon, 108 N. Main, in Joseph

 

Customers seeking additional information are encouraged to call 866-869-8520 for help with any questions. Additional smart meter information is available at www.pacificpower.net/smartmeter.

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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 1.9 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 www.pacificpower.net.