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Manager’s Report — March 2019

Greenhouse Gas Bill Centers on Cap-and-Trade Lawmakers in Salem are in the midst of passing a bill that would make Oregon the second state after California to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The bill has support from Gov. Kate Brown and the statehouse’s other top Democrats, but even its champions […]

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No More Overhead Wires for Marina

PUD is replacing the power distribution system at The Dalles Marina By Kathy Ursprung Reconstruction of the electrical system at The Dalles Marina will mean improved appearance and safer, more robust service that better reflects the activities and power needs of the tenants. The existing power distribution system at the marina was installed in the […]

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Angling’s Hot Topic

Warming trends on the Columbia River prompt fisheries’ remedies By Kathy Ursprung Some mid-Columbia sports anglers and guides are concerned about the impact a proposed thermal angling sanctuary for steelhead at the mouth of the Deschutes River will have on the fishery. Salmon and steelhead require cold rivers and streams to support their life cycle, […]

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Manager’s Report — February 2019

Energy Burden and Affordability The Oregon Housing and Community Services, Oregon Department of Energy, and the Oregon Public Utility Commission recently announced the publication of an initial 10-year plan to reduce energy burden and improve energy efficiency in affordable housing across the state. The plan, which is accompanied by an interactive assessment of energy use […]

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A Caring Reflex

Veronica Quintero takes care of the “grandmas and grandpas” as if they were her own By Kathy Ursprung Veronica Quintero’s wide, friendly smile and upbeat personality can’t help but brighten almost any dark day. But that’s just a small part of what makes her one of the best certified nurses’ aides in Oregon. The Columbia […]

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Smart Tech Installation Nears for North Wasco

Meter replacement should begin this spring and be complete by year end By Kathy Ursprung Your power grid is getting an education. Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District’s will soon start installing “smart meters” throughout its service district with a goal of complete change-out by the end of 2019. The new meters will be able […]

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Manager’s Report — January 2019

New Year Means New Technology Offerings The start of 2019 means the beginning of some new technology choices for you, our customer-owners. We will soon have Interactive Voice Response (IVR) available when you call our offices. You will be able to pay your PUD bill, review your account information and eventually report an outage once […]

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New Energy Program Has Rental Incentives

Landlords will also benefit from Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs By Travis Hardy Since the early 1980’s, Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District has attempted to help reduce power bills and curb excess energy consumption for our customers by providing energy efficiency rebates for various sectors of the community. From day one, our Energy Management Team […]

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Expanding Opportunities

Marta Yera Cronin works to extend the reach of Columbia Gorge Community College By Kathy Ursprung For the new president of Columbia Gorge Community College, access is a priority: access for remote communities, career seekers and diverse populations, and access to community education classes and financial aid. Marta Yera Cronin has lived and worked in urban settings most […]

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Manager’s Report — December 2018

Take the Opportunity to Save Did you know that our community tends to use more electrical energy than the state and national average for our homes? It’s true. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2017; “the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,399 kilowatt hours (kWh), an average […]