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[CU 1889 / February 15, 2019]
Oregon Cap-and-Trade Bill Hits Headwinds in Opening Testimony
Oregon’s proposed cap-and-trade bill could result in double-digit rate increases for natural gas customers, and leave consumer-owned utilities that rely on hydroelectricity exposed to sharp and sudden rate increases in low water years, according to testimony in the first round of hearings on Oregon’s proposed cap-and-trade bill.
PGE to Develop Nation’s Largest Combined Wind, Solar and Battery Project
Portland General Electric will invest in the largest combined wind, solar and battery project in the country. When completed, the proposed Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility will allow the utility to meet half of its demand with emissions-free resources.
NWPCC Gets Flexible Spill Overview From Feds, States, Tribes
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Representatives from federal agencies, the Nez Perce Tribe and the states of Washington and Oregon gave a presentation to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on the new flexible spill agreement expected to go into effect this spring for eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Although still contingent on the states modifying their total dissolved gas limits, Council members praised the work and collaboration needed to develop a feasible plan for operating the dams that‘s designed to benefit juvenile fish passage while preventing additional costs to BPA ratepayers.
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