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Heat wave: Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy - 07/13/18

Pacific Power media hotline:                                           July 13, 2018

1-800-570-5838                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Heat wave

Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

 

Yakima, Wash.. —With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout Southern Oregon over the coming week, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

 

Stay hydrated and watch for others

  • Drink water and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Use hats and sunscreen.
  • Check on neighbors who you know have few outside contacts. Keep a close eye on children and pets to make sure they have water available and have some place to cool down.

 

     Don’t let the sun shine in

  • On hot days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

 

     Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air

  • Open windows in the evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
  • Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

 

Reduce the heat inside

  • Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
  • Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

 

Be air conditioner smart

  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
  • Don’t turn off the air conditioner when you’re gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn’t shut down altogether.
  • Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
  • Don’t block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.
  • In the Northwest, less than half of all residences have air conditioning. Take advantage of malls, theatres or other public places that do have cooling systems.

 

Finally, be aware of fire danger

 

  • Electrical safety: Any spark can lead to a fire under current tinder dry conditions. Check any electrical connections on your property in out buildings or any temporary lines run to recreational vehicles or outside lighting. Are any wires or extension cords damaged or frayed? After a thorough inspection, take appropriate steps to reduce any risk.
  • Create a zone around your house that will slow any wildfire down and possibly direct it around your home. To do this, you must view your yard as a fuel source. Fire will only burn if fuel is present. Fuel can be your landscaping, woodpiles, decks, etc.

For more information and tips, 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 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.

Heat wave: Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy - 07/13/18

Pacific Power media hotline:                                           July 13, 2018

1-800-570-5838                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Heat wave

Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

 

Medford, Ore. —With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout Southern Oregon over the coming week, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

 

Stay hydrated and watch for others

  • Drink water and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Use hats and sunscreen.
  • Check on neighbors who you know have few outside contacts. Keep a close eye on children and pets to make sure they have water available and have some place to cool down.

 

     Don’t let the sun shine in

  • On hot days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

 

     Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air

  • Open windows in the evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
  • Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

 

Reduce the heat inside

  • Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
  • Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

 

Be air conditioner smart

  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
  • Don’t turn off the air conditioner when you’re gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn’t shut down altogether.
  • Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
  • Don’t block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.
  • In the Northwest, less than half of all residences have air conditioning. Take advantage of malls, theatres or other public places that do have cooling systems.

 

Finally, be aware of fire danger

 

  • Electrical safety: Any spark can lead to a fire under current tinder dry conditions. Check any electrical connections on your property in out buildings or any temporary lines run to recreational vehicles or outside lighting. Are any wires or extension cords damaged or frayed? After a thorough inspection, take appropriate steps to reduce any risk.
  • Create a zone around your house that will slow any wildfire down and possibly direct it around your home. To do this, you must view your yard as a fuel source. Fire will only burn if fuel is present. Fuel can be your landscaping, woodpiles, decks, etc.

For more information and tips, 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 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.

Share the thrill of the catch Special needs kids land big fish and big fun - 07/12/18

MEDIA ADVISORY

Share the thrill of the catch
Special needs kids land big fish and big fun

 

Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Merwin Fish Hatchery

10 miles (15 minutes) east of Woodland, Wash.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY:

        More than 400 children, family and friends from Greater Portland area hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, almost 100 good-hearted volunteers and two ponds teeming with more than 3,000 fish.

 

        Fun is guaranteed when the Merwin Fish Hatchery opens its wheelchair-accessible ponds Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to kids for the 20th annual Special Kids Fishing Day.

 

Great visuals, excellent camera access, high activity level, children, families, compelling and compassionate stories

 

Sponsored by Pacific Power and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the event brings young patients from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Kids and other rehabilitation facilities – many in wheelchairs with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, cancer or other illnesses – to the hatchery.

 

About 40 Pacific Power employees are volunteering throughout the day to help make it a success and support the hospitals that provide these kids with the special care they need year round.

 

        Fish hatchery operators work year-round to cultivate fish especially for this event. The fish range in size from one to nine pounds. Local businesses donate food, beverages and prizes, with sponsors and Woodland community members providing volunteer support. Organizations include:

 

DeVaux Pump and Motor Co.

District 1 Firefighters

Excavator Rental Services

Fish First

Klineline Kids Fishing Nonprofit

Pacific Power

Southwest Washington Anglers

Swift Community Action Team

Vancouver Wildlife League

WDFW

Bob’s Sporting Goods

Corwin Beverages

Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor

Hi-School Pharmacy
Koldkist

 

GETTING THERE:

Take I-5 to the Woodland/Cougar exit. Go east on Highway 503 for 10 miles. Turn right at the Merwin Dam/Pacific Power sign. Go one-half mile down the hill and follow the signs.

 

For more information, contact Tom Gauntt at 503-813-7291. Calling ahead is good, but not required. Media can check in at the registration booth and you’ll be directed to someone who can show you around. Post your tweets at #MerwinKids.

Upgrade to improve reliability requires outage overnight July 14 for Pacific Power customers in Warrenton and Hammond - 07/11/18

July 11, 2018                                              
Media hotline:  1-800-570-5838                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        

Upgrade to improve reliability requires outage overnight July 14 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 July 14 as crews upgrade essential equipment to increase capacity and improve reliability in the area.

 

            The outage is scheduled to begin just before midnight Friday, July 13 and could last until 6:30 a.m. July 14, 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 substation that serves the area. The work will reduce the likelihood of unexpected outages in the future and improve reliability in the area,” said Rachelle Hannon, acting 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.

 

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Renewing Community with Green Projects - 07/10/18

Media Contact:                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power                                                                        July 10, 2018      

503-813-7291                                                          

                                                                       

Renewing Community with Green Projects
Deadline is Aug.17 for getting your community’s project considered

PORTLAND, Ore. — Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program is accepting funding applications for renewable energy projects through Aug. 17, 2018.

The program, funded by more than 60,000 Blue Sky customers, is available to help cover the cost of installing renewable energy systems for non-residential, community-serving organizations within the Pacific Power service area. Those systems include solar, wind, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy.

Blue Sky provides an easy and convenient way for customers to support the development of renewable energy resources in the western United States, starting for as little as $1.95 per month.

Since 2006, the Blue Sky program has assisted 105 renewable energy projects across California, Oregon and Washington go live.

You can view a full list of community projects that have received funding regionally, statewide and close to home.

Applicants must submit a completed application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by February 2019. Learn more on Pacific Power’s Blue Sky website or contact the program management with any questions at luesky@pacificorp.com">bluesky@pacificorp.com.

In addition to funding from the Pacific Power Blue Sky grant, applicants may also be eligible to receive Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives for qualifying solar projects. For more information contact a qualifying solar trade ally contractor (energytrust.org/programs/solar/) or contact Energy Trust at solar@energytrust.org

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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 13th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; More than 60,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to nearly 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. 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.

 

Pacific Power gives customers the power to save - 06/25/18

Contact: Pacific Power media hotline:                                                                            June 25, 2018

1-800-570-5838                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Pacific Power gives customers the power to save

Get up to $100 off a Nest thermostat and a free Google Home Mini

 

YAKIMA, June 25, 2018— While July is the time of year for backyard barbecues and summer fun, Pacific Power is enticing customers in Washington to improve their indoor climate with a great deal on smart thermostats. Thanks to a special offer from Nest, now through July 8, customers with electric heating can save up to $100 on a new Nest thermostat—and get a free Google Home Mini.

 

To save, simply combine Pacific Power’s $50 incentive with built-in discounts from Nest: an additional $20 off a Nest Thermostat E or $50 off a Nest Learning Thermostat. This offer is available at select retailers and online at nest.com. For those who prefer another brand, the $50 incentive can also be used toward ecobee smart thermostats.

 

By optimizing a home’s climate for maximum comfort and efficiency, a smart thermostat can save over $50 a year on heating and cooling costs. It also offers an array of convenient features, including connectivity with other smart devices like the Google Home Mini, occupancy sensors, energy use tracking and more. For more details about smart thermostats and this limited-time offer, please visit pacificpower.net/smart.

 

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 750,000 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.

$50 incentive is available for electric-heated homes served by Pacific Power. Limit one incentive per household for the lifetime of the home. Must submit an application online or by mail within 90 days of purchase to receive $50 incentive. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Nest discounts available through select retailers and online at nest.com. Google Home Mini funding available through July 8, 2018, with purchase of Nest Learning Thermostat or Nest Thermostat E. Applies ONLY to Black and White Google Home Mini SKUs.

 

Athena's Historic Gem Theatre crowned with solar panels after $84,000 boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky - 06/22/18


    Athena’s Historic Gem Theatre crowned with solar panels after $84,000 boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky

Ribbon-cutting coincides with Hodaka Days as vintage motorcycles roar into town and theatre restoration revs up for year-end completion

ATHENA, Ore.—Solar energy will be powering the completion of the Gem Theatre’s restoration now that a new solar array has gone into service atop the long-shuttered venue in the heart of this historic eastern Oregon farming community.

 

The dedication is set for 2 p.m. on June 23, following the Hodaka Days motorcycle parade, an annual event that celebrates the Hodaka motorcycles that used to be made in AthenaThe bikers will stop at the theatre for the ribbon cutting. Speakers will include Rob McIntyre with The Gem Theatre, Sen. Bill Hansel, and a representative from the Hodaka club. Attendees can go up to a viewing area to see the solar panels.

 

“It has been a long haul getting this far on the restoration project,” said Rob McIntyre, board treasurer of the organization leading the restoration. “But we have gotten here with the help of hundreds of people in the community and partners like Pacific Power’s Blue Sky customers. We’ll be able to use the solar energy now to power the work still needing to be done on the theatre and then when it is back in operation, the solar panels will make heating and cooling affordable so that  we can stay open all year long.”

           

“Our Blue Sky customers put their dollars to work here,” said Lori Wyman, Pacific Power’s regional business manager for Umatilla County. “Not only will these facilities supply renewable energy, but they are helping increase the visibility and adoption of renewable technology. We are proud to be part of this important partnership with communities and our Blue Sky customers.”

 

The Gem Theatre and the Star Saloon are two halves of a historic building located on Main Street in Athena that has been closed for decades. The restoration project began in 2005 when a group of citizens approached the City to restore the Gem Theatre for the benefit of the community. The group recognized the need for a unique

space for the arts in Athena. The City of Athena formed a committee dedicated to the Gem Theatre project.

 

The mission is to restore the building for the use of the general public. Once the building is restored, the focus will shift to operating the facility. The restoration project recently received the funding necessary to complete the HVAC system, which will make the building usable. The building is on track to be open in early 2019.

 

The 26 kilowatt installation, which will produce enough energy to power the theatre year round, is an essential element of making the Gem Theatre self-supporting and inexpensive to manage.

 

“We believe that the solar installation made possible by the Blue Sky program will allow us to operate year around by substantially reducing our overall utility overhead expense,” said McIntyre. Without the power savings, the theatre faced the prospect of closing in August and in January to save heating and cooling costs.

 

The Athena project is part of up to $1.1 million in new renewable energy investment in 2018, bringing more than 675 kilowatts of new renewable energy capacity online. Since 2006, Pacific Power Blue Sky customers have helped fund the installation of 101 community-based projects totaling 8.8 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity, demonstrating the viability of renewable energy in their communities with more than $10 million in investment during that time.

 

 

 

 

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About Blue Sky

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 14th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; More than 60,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit pacificpower.net/bluesky.

 

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 1.8 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.

Power restored in Josephine, Del Norte counties - 06/19/18

Power restored in Josephine, Del Norte counties

GRANTS PASS, Ore.--About 64,000 Pacific Power customers were without electricity Tuesday morning after a transmission substation in Grants Pass was damaged by onsite construction work. A full investigation is ongoing.

The outage, which affected communities from Rogue River to Merlin to Cave Junction to Crescent City started at 9:07 a.m. and was restored at 9:39 a.m. Crews were quickly able to reroute power to restore service. Work continues on the repairs to the line.

“We want to thank our customers for their patience,” said Christina Kruger, regional business manager for Pacific Power in southern Oregon.  "We were able to restore power quickly, but we realize being without electricity is an inconvenience even for a short time.”