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2017 Soda Springs Tour. Photo courtesy PacifiCorp.
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See unique fish enhancements and spawning salmon at Soda Springs Dam (Photo) - 09/12/18

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See unique fish enhancements and spawning salmon at Soda Springs Dam

TOKETEE, Ore. – Sept. 12, 2017--Pacific Power, along with federal and state natural resource agencies, will host a public tour of the fish enhancement projects at the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project, on Friday, Oct. 12.  The annual tour will highlight state-of-the-art fish passage facilities and recent spawning habitat improvements at Soda Springs dam and upstream locations on the North Umpqua River within the Umpqua National Forest approximately 60 miles east of Roseburg.

These enhancements are part of Pacific Power's 194-megawatt hydroelectric project that produces enough renewable, emission-free electricity to supply 44,000 average homes each year.  The project was built in the 1940s and 50s but has undergone many substantial improvements since 2001 to balance efficient energy production with fish, wildlife, recreation, and other values.

Pacific Power serves nearly 560,000 customers in Oregon, including the Roseburg area.

"The river is dynamic, and so are we: constantly operating, maintaining, and improving the facilities for fish passage and protection and the habitat for fish spawning and rearing," said Rich Grost, principal aquatic scientist with Pacific Power. “It’s especially satisfying to see hundreds of wild Chinook salmon spawning both upstream and downstream of the dam and to share that experience on tours like this.”

The tour begins at 11 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 3 p.m.  It begins with a presentation at the North Umpqua Implementation Center, which is about an hour east of Roseburg on Highway 138.  Turn left at Milepost 57 (at the green "Toketee Control Center" sign) onto Toketee School Road, and proceed down the road ¼-mile to the parking lot in front of the gray and blue buildings.  After the presentation, guests will be transported on buses to see several project sites.

Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking space.  Please wear sturdy boots or shoes, and bring a sack lunch and hard hat if you have one.  Hard hats are required to access the dam and will be lent to those who don’t have their own.

 

Space is limited and must be reserved by contacting Rich Grost (PacifiCorp) at 541-498-2617 or Rich.Grost@PacifiCorp.com by October 10 and providing names for everyone in your party.  Last-minute requests will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

The tour is sponsored by the Resource Coordination Committee for the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project. Members include PacifiCorp, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, NOAA Fisheries, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Department of Water Resources. Representatives of several of these agencies will be participating in the tour.

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About PacifiCorp
PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving 1.9 million customers in the West. PacifiCorp operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. With a generating capability of almost 10,600 megawatts from coal, hydro, gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable wind and geothermal power, the company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.

Klamath Falls gets fast-charging station for electric cars - 09/10/18

Klamath Falls gets fast-charging station for electric cars
Pacific Power partners with city and Sky Lakes Medical Center to locate chargers in new Klamath Commons Park

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore—The first of up to seven electric car fast-charging stations to be developed by Pacific Power in Oregon communities is set for Klamath Commons Park in Klamath Falls.

The announcement comes during National Drive Electric Week. Find out more at Pacific Power’s booth at the Trailblazers Rip City Rally taking place Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

The charging station, which is projected to be operating by the end of the year, will allow electric car drivers to recharge in as little as 30 minutes, depending on their vehicle model. The charging station will be able to accommodate six cars, four at fast charging units and two at the slower charging Level 2 units. The state has a goal of 50,000 electric vehicles on Oregon roadways by 2020 and a network of charging stations is needed to support this growth.

“Having chargers available is very important to propelling the adoption of electric cars,” said Scott Bolton, Pacific Power’s senior vice president of external affairs and customer solutions. “Independent developers are putting charging stations in many locations where they think it will be profitable and that is how it should be. But smaller communities shouldn’t be overlooked. We wanted to make sure places like Klamath Falls have a choice when it comes to clean transportation options and having nearby car charging equipment is key to that goal.”

The location at Klamath Commons Park is ideal and the partnership among the three entities worked perfectly.

“Sky Lakes Medical Center has long appreciated Pacific Power’s commitment to our community,” said Paul Stewart, president and CEO, Sky Lakes Medical Center. “Their contributions to the new Klamath Commons Park helps us make our community more environmentally friendly, helping those with electric vehicles take advantage of not only the new park, but the entire downtown corridor. We value Pacific Power as a partner in our efforts to enhance and strengthen the Klamath Basin, and make our community healthier, more livable.”

Pacific Power will be locating similar charging stations in areas of the state not well served by the current market. Choosing those communities and specific sites is an ongoing effort. All selected sites should be in operation by the end of 2019.

To learn more about the benefits of electric vehicles, visit pacificpower.net/ev

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 almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

Electric cars accelerate during Drive Electric Week as Pacific Power advances vehicle charging statewide - 09/10/18

Electric cars accelerate during Drive Electric Week as Pacific Power advances vehicle charging statewide

Fast charging station set for Klamath Falls, grant applications open Oct. 15 to help provide wide range of charging options

 

PORTLAND, Ore. — Pacific Power is adding to the thrum of National Drive Electric Week (Sept.8-16) by taking steps to expand the network of charging stations that will be needed as the number of electric cars in Oregon moves toward the state’s goal of 50,000 electric cars on the road by 2020.

“We’re on an innovative path to offer customers across the state more choice in transportation,” said Cory Scott, director of customer solutions for Pacific Power. “We will be developing as many as seven company-owned charging stations across Oregon, many in smaller communities, that will serve areas that private developers may overlook.”

The first charging station is in partnership with the City of Klamath Falls and Sky Lakes Medical Center and will be located in newly developed Klamath Commons Park. “It is the kind of community collaboration we hope to see with all our charging station sites that will help our customers,” Scott added.

Charging stations feature fast-charging units where an electric car owner can recharge in 30 minutes. Several more locations in Oregon are being studied and further announcements will follow this fall and winter.

In addition, Oct. 15 Pacific Power will open applications for business and civic customers to receive grants to develop their own charging stations. Some examples of projects eligible for grants include, but are not limited to:

    • Chargers for community car sharing programs to improve access and charging to electric cars in underserved communities.
    • Businesses of all sizes installing chargers as an amenity for customers and employees.
    • Multi-housing owners installing chargers for tenants, either in support of tenant-owned electric cars or in conjunction with offering electric cars for tenant use.

The grants will be awarded in quarterly cycles through the end of 2019. Applications for the first cycle will be available starting Oct. 15, 2018 and due Nov. 15, 2018.

In total, $1.45 million in grant funding will be available to non-residential customers through the end of 2019 if funds remain available. Details on grant criteria will be made available by Oct. 15.

Another way Pacific Power is advancing electric cars is through a partnership with Nissan. Nissan is offering a $3,000 incentive to any Pacific Power customer who chooses to buy a new Nissan Leaf. The offer runs through the end of September. Look for details at https://www.pacificpower.net/env/ev/pacific-power-nissan-leaf-offer-2018.html

"Electric cars can be a great choice for many customers. They can be more affordable to own and operate, and better for the environment too," said Scott. "We all want a cleaner energy future, and these actions during National Drive Electric Week are designed to help customers explore whether an electric vehicle is right for them.” 

To learn more about the benefits of electric vehicles, visit pacificpower.net/ev

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 almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

Headed out of town this weekend? Save energy by putting your home in summer vacation-mode - 08/31/18

Pacific Power media hotline:                                           Aug. 31, 2018

1-800-570-5838                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Headed out of town this weekend? Save energy by putting your home in summer vacation-mode

 

 

PORTLAND, Ore.--If you are hitting the road for the Labor Day holiday, Pacific Power recommends putting your home in sleep-mode before the long weekend.

Taking the following steps can help you save energy while on vacation this traditional last gasp of summer:

  • Unplug electrical equipment: Make sure to unplug TVs, gaming systems, coffee makers and computers, as they can draw power even when not in use. When plugged in, these appliances should be connected to power strips so they can easily be switched off for future vacations.
  • Turn off lights or use programmable timers: If you want to leave lights on for security purposes while you're away, consider using programmable timers.
  • Turn down the water heater: If you'll be away for more than three days in summer, turn your water heater down or turn it off. For an electric water heater, turn the temperature dial down or turn it off at the circuit breaker panel. For a natural gas water heater, turn it down to low. You may need a few hours to heat the tank when you return home from your trip.
  • Adjust the thermostat: If you have air conditioning and the weather looks to be warm, set the thermostat to 85 degrees or higher. Don’t turn if off because it may cause your refrigerator to work too hard and it will be an energy-intensive job to cool the house back down.

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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 almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

Being prepared for wildland fires - 08/28/18

Pacific Power media hotline:                                           Aug. 28, 2018

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Being prepared for wildland fires

Amid a serious fire season, Pacific Power offers tips to protect your family and property

 

YAKIMA, Wash. —Unprecedented wildfire risk in the West means all of us need to be on special watch to prevent fires.

 

Pacific Power manages thousands of miles of power lines in Oregon, Washington and California that supply more than 740,000 customers with electricity.

 

“We work to keep the areas around our lines as clear of vegetation as possible to minimize the risk from fire” said David Lucas, vice president of operations. “Each year in our three states, we are pruning more than 9,000 miles of lines and nearly 300,000 trees to protect your power supply.”

 

At home, you can take similar steps to fire-safe your property:

 

  • Focus on the first 30-50 feet around your house – removing burnable debris such as: dried leaves, dead tree branches, even stacks of firewood. Pay special attention to clearing debris beneath decks and other overhangs.
  • Go to https://www.pacificpower.net/wildfiresafety for more information and resources.

 

Practice electrical safety:

  • Check any electrical connections on your property in outbuildings or any temporary lines run to recreational vehicles. Are any wires or extension cords damaged or frayed? After a thorough inspection, take appropriate steps to reduce any risk.

 

Have a plan: Good wildfire planning begins long before a fire occurs.

  • Help ensure your family's safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home. Identify adequate sources of water within 1,000 feet of your home, such as a well, hydrant, or swimming pool.
  • Be sure firefighters can get to your home should they need to. Keep driveway clear and accessible.
  • Consult emergency preparedness resources, such as the Red Cross or Ready.Gov for how best to make an emergency preparedness kit; design a household evacuation route and/or download free emergency apps to your smart phone

 

What Pacific Power does

 

Pacific Power works on many levels to prevent fires and works with local emergency agencies to coordinate activities if fires do occur:

 

  • We map our service area to highlight areas of elevated wildfire risk and to prioritize actions. We monitor weather and fire hazard conditions through the National Weather Service and the National Interagency Fire Center.
  • Prune vegetation to ensure clearances between energized lines and trees and around certain poles, with focus on high-risk areas and input from fire professionals.
  • Enhanced facilities inspections in areas of elevated risk. Beyond our normal preventative maintenance inspection schedule, when fires threaten our facilities we perform additional inspections either by air or ground.
  • We also perform electric stability analysis to the lines in danger, and develop plans to use alternate sources where available in maintaining continued service. Lines and equipment are inspected as required to insure reliability. 

 

 

“Working together, being more mindful of fire danger and preparing in order to minimize the risks, we can protect our families and communities,” said Lucas.

 

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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 almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.