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Sam Carter is the new regional business manager for Douglas and Coos counties.
Sam Carter is the new regional business manager for Douglas and Coos counties.
Sam Carter named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Douglas and Coos counties (Photo) - 11/21/17

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1-800-570-5838 Nov. 21, 2017

Sam Carter named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Douglas and Coos counties

ROSEBURG--Roseburg native Sam Carter has been named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Douglas and Coos counties.

Pacific Power serves more than 60,000 customers between the two counties. Carter will work with community leaders in government, business and the nonprofit sector on energy issues, but also help improve the communities in general.

"I grew up in Roseburg and except for a short stint away to attend college, I've essentially lived here my whole life," said Carter, who worked as government relations manager and sales and marketing director at Sutherlin-based Orenco Systems before joining Pacific Power. "I absolutely love this area and I'm very much looking forward to getting more involved in the communities that Pacific Power serves and helping them grow and thrive."

Carter belongs to Rotary and is on the board of directors for the Umpqua Basin Water Association. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1999 with a degree in crop and soil science. He began work at Orenco, which designs and markets innovative wastewater collection and treatment technologies, in 2001. He and his wife Julie love to travel and are busy raising two teenage daughters who are very active going to school and playing volleyball. Off the job, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hunting, fishing, and golfing.

Lori Froehlich is the new regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County.
Lori Froehlich is the new regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County.
Lori Froehlich named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County (Photo) - 11/21/17

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1-800-570-5838 Nov. 21, 2017

Lori Froehlich named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County

YAKIMA--Klickitat County native Lori Froehlich has been named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County

Pacific Power serves more than 100,000 customers in the county. Froehlich will work with community leaders in government, business and the nonprofit sector on energy issues, but also help improve the communities in general. She will support customers throughout the county including the communities of Grandview, Granger, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Zillah, Union Gap, Yakima, Selah, Naches and Tieton.

"I grew up in Klickitat County and am very familiar with the area," said Froehlich. "I have many friends and family that reside in this area and am looking forward to becoming part of all the different communities here."
Froehlich has worked in the power industry since 2004 with the Klickitat Public Utility where she developed strong skills in customer care, billing issues and storm and outage management. She has a degree in operations management from DeVry University.

She has recently moved from Goldendale to Naches. Froehlich loves exploring the outdoors with her dog Foxy, a rescue mutt. She enjoys backpacking in the nearby wilderness areas, hunting and fishing the fall, and snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.

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Thousands of knitted items for Project Warm Up to be picked up at Pacific Power office - 11/15/17

Contact: Lori Froehlich, 800-570-5838

Nov. 15, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MEDIA INVITATION

Thousands of knitted items for Project Warm Up
to be picked up at Pacific Power office

9 to 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov.16 2017

Pacific Power Office, 500 N. Keys Rd., Yakima


YAKIMA, Wash.--Members of local social service and health agencies will be on site at Pacific Power's Yakima office to pick up thousands of knitted clothing items to distribute to families in need as winter arrives.

Pacific Power regional business manager Lori Froehlich, several volunteers and local community agency workers will be on hand to load the items for delivery.

Visuals: Handmade items for families in need. Stacks of clear plastic tubs ready for distribution.

Interviews: Local agencies who will get these items to the people who need them. Volunteers who did the work. Pacific Power officials who help it all happen with donations of yarn and space.

The knitted items were created through Project Warm Up, a special project of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). About 60 RSVP volunteers in the Yakima area donated their time and talent, making about 6,000 items including hats, scarves, lap robes, mittens, Afghans and baby items.

Pacific Power -- which has been involved with Project Warm Up since its inception -- annually donates $7,000 to RSVP for yarn. Pacific Power also donates space to store completed items until distribution time.

Participating agencies include many area elementary schools as well as social service agencies such as the Yakima Valley Farm Workers, People for People, DSHS, Yakama Nation WIC, Catholic Charities, Granger Lions Club and Yakima Neighborhood Health.
and others. Agencies identify low-income, elderly and migrant individuals and families who need assistance with warm clothing and blankets and distribute thousands of items throughout the area each year.

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Upgrade to improve reliability requires outage early Nov. 18 for Pacific Power customers in Warrenton and Hammond - 11/15/17

Nov. 15, 2017
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Upgrade to improve reliability requires outage early Nov. 18 for Pacific Power customers in Warrenton and Hammond

WARRENTON, Ore. -- Approximately 3,100 Pacific Power customers in the Warrenton and Hammond areas area will be without electricity during the early morning hours of Nov. 18 as crews upgrade essential equipment to increase capacity and improve reliability in the area.

The outage is scheduled to begin at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 and could last until 4 a.m. on Saturday, Nov.18 although power will be restored at the first opportunity.

The outage will affect the entire cities of Warrenton and Hammond. Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage.

"The temporary power interruption is necessary in order for us to safely upgrade the equipment in the Warrenton substation The work will reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and improve reliability in the area," said Alisa Dunlap, regional business manager for Pacific Power.

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest - 11/15/17

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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. -- It's a law of physics. 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.

"You are battling the elements," said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power's vice president for customer service. "Cold air sneaks in and warm air gets out. So the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done inexpensively now and the difference will show up once temperatures start dipping below freezing."

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. Customers can enroll in Equal Pay online at pacificpower.net/equalpay, via the Pacific Power mobile app, or by phone at 1-888-221-7070.

"The sooner you call, the better for Equal Pay," said Coughlin. "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 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.
* 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.
* 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.

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 bewattsmart.com or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.


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PacifiCorp customer savings from EIM top $100 million - 11/01/17

PacifiCorp customer savings from EIM top $100 million
November 1 marks three-year anniversary of launch of real-time energy market

Portland, Ore, November 1, 2017 -- In the three years since its launch, the Western Energy Imbalance Market has delivered more than $100 million in reduced energy costs for PacifiCorp customers and helped the company reduce emissions from its power generation.

The California Independent System Operator and PacifiCorp teamed up to launch the EIM on November 1, 2014, expanding the California grid operator's energy market to PacifiCorp's six-state service area. The EIM improves the way energy is managed by using automation to find least-cost resources across a broad area to match supply with demand in real time.

Since its launch, the EIM has also grown to now include six participants covering portions of eight Western states, with six more participants planning to join over the next three years, including grid operators in Canada and Mexico. Customer benefits have grown with the addition of each new participant.

"The EIM is a true success story that is a win-win for customers and the environment," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp. "The EIM is a great example of how we can use the grid in smarter ways to take advantage of abundant clean energy across the West to reduce costs for customers, reduce emissions and improve reliability."

The California ISO released its third quarter EIM benefits report on October 18, which showed total benefits for the EIM area totaling $255 million. PacifiCorp customers' share of those benefits total $107 million.

Renewable energy, emissions benefits. In addition to cost savings, the EIM has helped facilitate the greater use of renewable energy in the region by allowing renewables to be shared across the region. For instance, during periods of the day when more solar power is produced than can be consumed in California, the EIM will dispatch the excess solar power to other EIM areas. The same is true when excess hydro power is produced in the Northwest or wind power is generated in Wyoming.

These transfers of renewable energy can then allow other energy resources with fuel costs and that generate emissions to be backed down. The ISO reported that EIM participants have helped reduce carbon emissions in the region by nearly 215,000 metric tons since the beginning of 2015 by using more than 502,000 megawatt-hours of excess renewable energy that otherwise would have been turned off.

PacifiCorp's emissions were down 12 percent in 2016 compared to the average of the previous five years, and have continued to decline in 2017 in part because of the renewable energy benefits provided by the EIM.

Energy Vision 2020 expansion. The renewable energy benefits gained through the EIM come as the company advances a plan to significantly expand the amount of renewable energy serving customers by 2020.

PacifiCorp's EV 2020 plan includes upgrading, or repowering, the company's existing wind fleet with longer blades and newer technology, adding enough new wind generation to power approximately 400,000 average homes and building a new 140-mile high-voltage transmission line in Wyoming to connect the new wind to customers.

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Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1 - 10/27/17

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Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Oct. 27, 2017
503-813-7291

Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1
Contribution envelopes coming with November billings or help neighbors by arranging monthly donations

YREKA, Calif. -- Helping your neighbors keep their heat and lights on is easy. Pacific Power will match every $1 you donate to Project HELP with $2 more.

Last year, customer and Pacific Power's donations helped 98 people in need in northern California. The 2-for-1 match this year will continue until a cap of $14,000 of Pacific Power matching funds is reached.

"We know that the slowly recovering economy increases the need in many of the communities we serve. We are trying to help," said Monte Mendenhall, regional business manager for Pacific Power. "The 2-for-1 match will help our neighbors in a simple and direct way."

Project HELP is administered by The Salvation Army in northern California.

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find a Project HELP contribution envelope in their November bills. Those interested in assisting local households in need can donate by forwarding their tax-deductible contribution in this envelope. Customers who pay their bills electronically can request an envelope. And all customers can 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 and to request a donation envelope, call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

All donations are tax-deductible and are forwarded to The Salvation Army, which verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist Northern California families in need.

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 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. In 2010, Pacific Power celebrated 100 years serving customers and communities. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1 - 10/26/17

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Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Oct. 26, 2017
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Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Helping some of your neighbors stay warm and healthy this winter is tripling in value and the appreciation is priceless. Pacific Power will match every $1 you donate to Project HELP with $2 more.

In 2016, donations from Pacific Power's customers, employees, and the company helped 393 households in need in Washington. The 2-for-1 match this year will continue until a cap of $34,000 of Pacific Power matching funds is reached.

Project HELP is administered by The Salvation Army in Walla Walla, Yakima and Grandview and the Northwest Community Action Agency in Toppenish.

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find a Project HELP contribution envelope in their bills. Those interested in assisting local households in need can donate by forwarding their tax-deductible contribution in this envelope. Customers who pay their bills electronically can request a contribution envelope. And, all customers can 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 and to request a donation envelope, call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

All donations are tax-deductible and are forwarded to the agencies administering Project HELP, and they verify eligibility and allocate funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in need from the same area 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 or 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 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. In 2010, Pacific Power celebrated 100 years serving customers and communities. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Oregon Energy Fund 2-for-1 - 10/26/17

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Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Oct. 26, 2017
503-813-7291


Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Oregon Energy Fund 2-for-1
Contribution envelopes coming with November billings or help neighbors by arranging monthly donations

PORTLAND, Ore -- 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.
"Despite Oregon's recent economic recovery, many of the jobs created are lower wage positions that often cannot sustain a family. That means many Oregonians are working harder for less money," said Brian Allbritton, executive director of Oregon Energy Fund, formerly known as HEAT Oregon. "Many of these families have to face an impossibly difficult reality like, do I pay the light bill this month, or do I put money aside to make sure that I can pay for my child's medicine next week? No one should have to make that difficult choice. Pacific Power's support of the Oregon Energy Fund has been instrumental in providing emergency energy aid to their customers experiencing hardships."

Last year, Pacific Power's donations helped 882 households in need throughout Oregon including 739 children, 232 seniors and 291 people with disabilities. This year, Pacific Power's 2-for-1 match will continue up to $144,000.

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find it includes an Oregon Energy Fund contribution envelope. 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.

All donations are 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.

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 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

About Oregon Energy Fund
The Oregon Energy Fund founded in 1989 by Gov. Vic Atiyeh, is a statewide charitable organization providing energy assistance to thousands of Oregonians in times of unexpected crisis. Through the generous contributions of their neighbors, we help struggling Oregonians keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, light to see and heat in the cold. With the power of giving, we can provide the basic needs that allow people to live productive and healthy lives.