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Pacific Power restores electric service to more than 25,000 customers overnight in wake of windstorm - 01/13/21

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Media Hotline: 503-813-6018

 

Pacific Power restores electric service to more than 25,000 customers overnight in wake of windstorm

 

PORTLAND. Ore. (Jan. 13, 2021) — A fast-moving blast of wind and intense rain hit the Northwest Jan. 12-13 causing power outages from Crescent City, Calif. to the upper reaches of the Yakima Valley in central Washington. Working overnight, Pacific Power crews and contractors totaling about 200 individuals restored 25,000 of the 28,000 customers who were out at the peak of the storm.

 

As of 4 p.m. today, 3,000 customers are in the process of being restored. A majority of these customers are expected to have service restored by 8 p.m. The communities with the largest  remaining outages include:

 

  • Willamette Valley (Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Stayton), 1,700
  • Crescent City, Calif., 750
  • Yakima Valley, 150
  • Coos County, 100

 

“Our crews are continuing restoration work with the goal of getting all service restored by this evening,” said Allen Berreth, vice president of operations. “We appreciate the patience that customers have shown during this outage and we want to remind everyone to stay clear of any down lines you may see. Assume they are live and dangerous and give us a call to report them.”

 

Pacific Power encourages customers to report outages by calling 1-877-508-5088 or text OUT to 722797. Text STAT to 722797 to check the status of your outage.

 

Customers and media representatives can also track outages of any size online. Updates will be made as new information becomes available or at least hourly at pacificpower.net/outage.

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, Pacific Power suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

  • Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
  • Don’t drive over downed power lines.
  • Maintain safe distances from workers. Repair work is being done under our COVID-19 safety protocols. Waves and acknowledgement are welcome, but please allow crews to do their work at an appropriate distance both for operational and COVID-19 safety.
  • Turn on your porch light. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if any lights are still out
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
  • If you have power at this time, keep mobile devices charged so that may be used in an emergency. Before anything happens, download the Pacific Power app to your smart device so you can have information readily available.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Remember your pets! Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy.
  • If you are using alternate heat or cooking sources, remember to allow plenty of ventilation. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
  • If you are using a generator, make sure to follow all manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the generator is outside and not near any household air intakes. Do not connect the generator directly to your breaker box as this can create a dangerous situation for crews working on the powerlines. Instead, plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

 

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Pacific Power submits annual decoupling filing with WUTC - 01/12/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Hotline: 503-813-6018

 

Pacific Power submits annual decoupling filing with WUTC

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 12, 2021) — Pacific Power has submitted its required annual decoupling filing to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. The decoupling mechanism was originally approved by the Commission in 2016 to remove barriers to energy efficiency and conservation.

 

This is a separate filing from the approved settlement announced in December 2020 resulting in a 1.2% average rate decrease for customers. That decrease went into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

 

If approved, the proposed annual decoupling filing will increase rates 0.7% from February 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. The previous annual decoupling mechanism was a 3.4% reduction in rates from February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021.

 

The Commission will examine Pacific Power’s compliance filing and may determine that the filing be accepted as filed, modified, or rejected. If accepted as filed, the rate change would go into effect on February 1, 2021.

 

The public is invited to comment to the Commission. The Commission has the authority to set final rates that may be lower or higher than the company’s filing, depending on the outcome of its examination. More information is available on the Commission’s website at utc.wa.gov, or by using the following contact information:

 

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

621 Woodland Square Loop SE

Lacey, WA 98503

Email: comments@utc.wa.gov

Telephone: 1-888-333-WUTC (9882)

 

The Commission is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to participants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation, please contact the Commission at 360-664-1132 or human_resources@utc.wa.gov.

 

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Pacific Power announces new grants to support Willamette Valley organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Willamette Valley organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs and essential services helping to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

STAYTON, Ore. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout the Willamette Valley, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver theater, music and art have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to connect with families at home while also working behind-the-scenes to preserve cherished in-person programs so that they can return in the future.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of the Willamette Valley, providing connection, education and tradition and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Cooper Whitman, regional business manager for Linn and Lane Counties. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

For the Willamette Valley area, the following grants were given to organizations providing vital arts programs:

  • Cottage Theatre to help complete their ACT III Theatre Expansion, already underway when COVID hit, which will allow them to serve their growing audiences in southern Lane County;
  • Generations Theater Company to help cover the costs of music, sets, costumes and other expenses of their 2021 musical theatre production for families in Junction City and the surrounding area;
  • Santiam Hearts to Arts was unable to do any fundraising during 2020 due to the pandemic. This grant will help them continue their mission of keeping art, music and public radio thriving in Santiam Canyon;

Grants were also given to these organizations providing additional community support:

  • South Benton Food Pantry to support emergency food resources for families in Benton County who are struggling with poverty, job loss and food insecurity during this pandemic year;
  • Pop Warner Little Scholars of Albany for an automated external defibrillator and AED, CPR and first-aid training for adult volunteers to help keep youth and their families safe during community sporting events.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic and communities rebuilding in the aftermath of the Labor Day storm. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is an arm of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

 

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Washington organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Washington organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs and essential services helping to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout Washington, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver art and connection to local history and place have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to connect with families and students at home while also working behind-the-scenes to preserve cherished in-person programs so that they can return in the future.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of the Walla Walla and Yakima areas, providing connection, education and tradition and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Bill Clemmons, regional business manager for Walla Walla. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

For Washington, the following grants were provided:

  • Fort Walla Walla Museum to help provide museum tours for school groups at no charge and to improve virtual touring and learning experience for the many students who will be unable to visit in person due to COVID restrictions;
  • Providence St. Mary Foundation to help fund seven cardiac heart monitors for newborns at the Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, ensure woman and their babies undergoing difficult deliveries have the best possible care;
  • People for People Meals on Wheels in Yakima to purchase emergency shelf-stable meals for vulnerable, home bound seniors, which can be used now during the pandemic, or saved for other emergency use.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is an arm of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Umpqua Valley organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Umpqua Valley organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs and essential services helping to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

ROSEBURG, Ore. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout the Umpqua Valley, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver community festivals, arts and education have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to connect with families and students at home or found ways to provide in-person programs safely during the pandemic.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of the Umpqua Valley, providing connection, education and tradition and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Sam Carter, regional business manager for the Umpqua Valley. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue in long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

For the Umpqua Valley area, the following grants were provided:

  • Roseburg Rotary Foundation to help fund equipment for the drive-through Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights, which provides a fun, socially distanced way for thousands of families in the community to share an artistic visual experience safely during the pandemic;
  • SafariGame Search Foundation to support their “Zoomfari” virtual animal education and outreach program to reach over 2,000 students in the Winston area who have moved to distance learning during COVID.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic and communities rebuilding in the aftermath of the Labor Day storm. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is a subsidiary of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

 

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Southern Oregon and California organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Southern Oregon and California organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs and essential services helping to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

MEDFORD, Ore. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout the Southern Oregon and Northern California region, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver music, theater and visual arts have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to connect with families and students at home while also working behind-the-scenes to preserve cherished in-person programs so that they can return in the future.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of our region, providing connection, education and tradition and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Christina Kruger, regional business manager for Medford. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

For the Southern Oregon and Northern California area, grants were provided to the following organizations providing vital arts and education programs:

  • Liberty Arts to fund 300 "We Art Together" binders with art supplies and age-appropriate instructions to lead Siskiyou County students isolated at home due to the pandemic;
  • Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts to support The Online Conservatory, their online branch started in response to COVID, which provides quality online theatrical education for children and adults in the community;
  • Rogue Valley Art Association for art classes for teen girls healing from the trauma of sex trafficking who live at a safe house and have little opportunity for outside activities;
  • Ross Ragland Theater to support their COVID-19 projects including the reopening of the theater in Klamath Falls with limited seating, safe, socially-distanced theater workshop programs for youth and other educational programs for children;
  • Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon to help sustain music programs for aspiring young musicians during this challenging time, including virtual education and training programs that will provide access to more students.

Grants were also given to these organizations providing additional community support during COVID:

  • Free the Need to increase weekly, emergency food distribution by 20 percent for one year to respond to the rising need for assistance among people in Siskiyou County, Calif., and Jackson County, Ore.;
  • Grants Pass Family YMCA to support critically needed childcare and other essential health, fitness, recreation and educational services that families throughout Josephine County depend on regardless of their ability to pay, especially during the pandemic.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic and communities rebuilding in the aftermath of the Labor Day storm. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is an arm of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

Pacific Power announces new grants to support local organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support local organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs, including Coos Bay Shakespeare in the Park, helping to strengthen the community

COOS BAY, Ore. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout the Southern Oregon Coast, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver arts and connection to local history and place have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to connect with families and students at home while also working behind-the-scenes to preserve cherished in-person programs so that they can return in the future.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of the coast, providing art, education and connection and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Sam Carter, regional business manager for the Southern Oregon Coast. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

As part of its funding, Pacific Power provided a grant to Coos Bay Shakespeare in the Park for a performance cargo trailer. This important arts organization, which stages free Shakespeare performances throughout Coos County, faced a funding shortfall as many local businesses were unable to offer support during the pandemic.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is an arm of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

 

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Portland and Hood River organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Portland and Hood River organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs and essential services helping to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout the region, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver music, art, dance, theater and education programs have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to reach families and students at home and also broaden outreach to connect with communities of color and disadvantaged populations. At the same time, they are working behind-the-scenes to preserve cherished in-person programs so that they can return in the future.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of Portland and Hood River, providing connection, education and tradition and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Bob Gravely, regional business manager for the Portland area. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

For the Portland and Hood River areas, the following grants were given to organizations providing vital arts and education programs:

  • A-WOL Dance Collective to support their aerial dance education;
  • Color Outside the Lines to provide at-home art kits for foster and at-risk youth dealing with the impact of COVID-19;
  • Columbia Center for the Arts to broaden access to online education and outreach programming during the pandemic;
  • Open Hearts Open Minds to provide musical education for inmates at the Columbia River Correctional Institution;
  • Oregon Historical Society to support their education programs for virtual and in-person learning;
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for fall virtual programming to support K-8 students and families during the pandemic;
  • PassinArt: A Theatre Company to support their summer performing arts program with outreach to communities of color;
  • Portland’s Children’s Museum to build capacity in their Museum@Home program to reach marginalized communities during the pandemic;
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art to support their SPACE (Supporting Partners, Artists, and Community Events) program that works with community-led arts programming and activity;
  • Portland Symphonic Choir to support online content during the pandemic;
  • Portland Youth Philharmonic Association to help them bring their Children’s Concerts online for distance learning;
  • Young Musicians and Artists to provide low-income and disadvantage youth with tuition assistance to participate in the YMA summer program;
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre to support the OBT Moves distance-learning program;

Grants also given to these organizations providing additional community support during the pandemic:

  • Blanchet House of Hospitality to provide free meal services in 2021 for the local homeless community;
  • MicroEnterprise Services of Oregon to support scholarships to help entrepreneurs learn how to pivot their small businesses during the pandemic;
  • p:ear to increase COVID response for homeless youth, including meals, housing support and PPE supplies.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is an arm of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

 

Pacific Power announces new grants to support North Coast organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support North Coast organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs and essential services helping to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

ASTORIA, Ore. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout the Northern Coast, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver music and art for local communities have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to connect with families at home or found ways to provide in-person programs safely during the pandemic.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of our North Coast area, providing connection, education and tradition and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Alisa Dunlap, regional business manager for the Northern Oregon Coast. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

For the North Coast, the following grants were provided:

  • Siletz Bay Music Festival so they can continue to safely present their free concert series, bringing the healing power of music to the Lincoln City area during the pandemic;
  • City of Astoria Parks and Recreation to help them relocate and expand childcare services in order to provide vital childcare for families of healthcare workers, emergency personnel and other critical workers, so they can continue to do their work and support the community during the pandemic.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic and communities rebuilding in the aftermath of the Labor Day storm. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is an arm of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

 

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Eastern Oregon organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Eastern Oregon organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs and essential services helping to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

PENDLETON, Ore. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout Eastern Oregon, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver art, music and connection to local history and place have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to connect with families and students at home while also working behind-the-scenes to preserve cherished in-person programs so that they can return in the future.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of Eastern Oregon, providing connection, education and tradition and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Lori Wyman, regional business manager for Eastern Oregon. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

For Eastern Oregon, the following grants were provided:

  • Arts Council of Pendleton to support their pivot to innovative, creative programming during the pandemic, including organizing fiber artists into mask makers, distributing art kits to young people in their homes and producing short make-it videos to share with those wishing to learn a new art or craft while in isolation;
  • Josephy Center for Arts and Culture for a digital, interactive display that engages children and other visitors and helps them understand the art, culture, history and heritage of the Nez Perce and Eastern Oregon;
  • Made to Thrive to support their community-based, COVID-19 responsive youth programming for vulnerable young people in Umatilla and Morrow counties who are involved in the justice system, foster care or whose families are struggling with poverty;
  • Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center to support a curriculum and teacher guide material as part of their Logging and Roots music project, which will ultimately encourage creative writing by students.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is an arm of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Central Oregon organizations this winter - 12/23/20

Pacific Power announces new grants to support Central Oregon organizations this winter

Grants were awarded to arts and humanities programs and essential services helping to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

BEND, Ore. (December 23, 2020) — As winter settles into communities throughout Central Oregon, ending a year that has brought challenges like no other, it’s the arts and humanities programs that continue to provide needed connection and healing.

Local organizations that deliver performing arts, education and connection to local history and place have had to pivot during 2020 in ways never imagined. Many have moved to virtual programming to connect with families and students at home while also working behind-the-scenes to preserve cherished in-person programs so that they can return in the future.

To support these programs' ongoing efforts, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $200,000 in new funding across the six states it serves to support the arts and humanities – along with continued needs by organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

“Local programs like these are the heartbeat of Central Oregon, providing connection, education and tradition and helping to heal and strengthen our communities,” said Matt Chancellor, regional business manager for Central Oregon. “Pacific Power is honored to continue our support of these vital organizations, and we encourage others who have the means to support them as well, so their programming can continue long into the future.”

A total of 44 Foundation grants were given to non-profit organizations across Pacific Power’s service area, ranging between $1,000 and $5,500. The grants reflect the diversity of the communities Pacific Power serves, and the diverse needs of these communities during this time.

For Central Oregon, the following grants were provided:

  • Abilitree to help them create and launch an online support group for people with disabilities who are isolated and at greater risk of mental health crises due to the pandemic;
  • High Desert Museum for their Education Outreach Initiative, which will offer vital in-person and virtual educational and enrichment resources to students in Central Oregon as their regular classroom experience has been disrupted by COVID;
  • Tower Theatre Foundation to support safe performances for the 2020-2021 programming of their educational program, LessonPLAN, which provides students with positive messages, cultural connections and opportunities to integrate with classroom curriculum.

In all, more than $2.3 million has been prioritized in 2020 for organizations across the six states PacifiCorp serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs. Prioritization will continue through 2021 for grants that support needs around the COVID-19 pandemic. The next grant cycle is now open through March 15; organizations may apply online here.

Pacific Power also recognizes the ongoing support needed by customers, especially with the arrival of cooler weather. Customer care staff are available by phone to walk through account options and plans to alleviate financial burdens during this time. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 around the clock. For tools to help manage energy use this season, visit www.pacificpower.net.

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About the Pacific Power Foundation

The Pacific Power Foundation is an arm of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

Pacific Power's Oregon customers will benefit from lower bills in 2021 resulting from historic investments in renewable energy, transmission resiliency and modernization - 12/21/20

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Pacific Power’s Oregon customers will benefit from lower bills in 2021 resulting from historic investments in renewable energy, transmission resiliency and modernization 

Recent Oregon Public Utility Commission decisions reduce average customer rates by approximately 5.2%, easing strain of the COVID-19 economic crisis and delivering benefits from Pacific Power’s investments in a cleaner, more resilient energy future for Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 21, 2020) — More than 600,000 Pacific Power customers in Oregon will see welcome relief when their electric bills go down an average of approximately 5.2 percent in January 2021. The rate reduction is the result of decisions issued Dec. 18 and Oct. 30 by the Oregon Public Utilities Commission following a rigorous regulatory review of the company’s applications filed earlier in the year. In addition to lower energy bills, customers will benefit from cleaner energy and a more resilient energy grid as they usher in a new year.

“Pacific Power’s top priority during this difficult time is to keep prices low while providing Oregon customers with safe and reliable electricity and supporting their desire for more clean energy to power their homes and businesses,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. “The commission’s decisions demonstrate the customer benefits derived from years of innovation and system investments the company has made since our last general rate review in 2013 to improve service, give customers more tools to manage their energy use and increase the amount of renewable power available to them through a more resilient transmission system. We’re proud to deliver all of these benefits while also capturing the efficiencies needed to keep our customer rates among the lowest in the nation.”

In the last three years alone, the company has made historic, forward-thinking, multi-billion dollar investments in renewable energy and grid upgrades that significantly increase the amount of low-cost renewable energy resources that serve customers. These long-term investments are contributing to immediate rate reductions and decarbonization that are projected to save customers several hundred million dollars over the life of the investments. More than half of the 2021 rate decrease is the result of lower fuel costs and increases in federal production tax credits that result from the company’s new renewable energy investments.

The decisions, which take effect Jan. 1, 2021, also include:

  • Benefits from pioneering an expanding new western energy market that allows utilities across the West to access the lowest-cost energy available in near real time, making it easy for zero fuel-cost renewable energy to go where it is needed. The Western EIM reduces customer costs while simultaneously decarbonizing the grid
  • Innovative new rate programs to help our customers reduce their costs and a new, flattened rate structure that allocates costs among energy users in a more equitable and transparent manner
  • A new mechanism to allow Pacific Power to recover incremental wildfire mitigation and vegetation management costs over the coming years to reduce wildfire risk

“We kept our commitment to our customers in 2017 to keep rates flat for at least three years and we are pleased to now deliver these price reductions while simultaneously making big strides in decarbonization and network resilience,” Bird continued. “On behalf of our entire team at Pacific Power, I’d like to thank all of our many partners for their collaboration in making this positive outcome possible at a time when our customers need it most.”

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ABOUT PACIFIC POWER

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 773,000 customers in 243 communities across Oregon, Washington and California. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving nearly two million customers in six western states. The company is the largest regulated utility owner of wind power and the largest transmission operator in the West. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

 

 

 

Electric tractors, buses and e-bikes: Pacific Power grants are helping Oregon communities jump-start electric mobility - 12/18/20

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Electric tractors, buses and e-bikes: Pacific Power grants are helping Oregon communities jump-start electric mobility

Over $1.3 million in grants awarded by Pacific Power will fund a range of electric mobility projects including statewide electric transportation education programs and purchasing electric school buses

PORTLAND, ORE. (December 18, 2020) – Nonprofits, local governments and school districts served by Pacific Power will receive over $1.3 million in grants for innovative clean transportation projects. Electric Mobility Grants will fund a range of community-driven electric transportation projects from purchasing e-bike instant rebates for 60 individuals in low-income households to building a mobile electric vehicle showroom that will bring interactive consumer engagement to underserved communities. Several grant recipients will use the funds to purchase nontraditional electric vehicles, including an electric tractor that will be loaned to local farmers, and utility vehicles that will be used for irrigation and farming work.

“We were blown away by the ingenuity and scope of the proposed projects,” said Cory Scott, managing director of customer solutions. “Grant funds will support efforts to provide more sustainable agricultural equipment options that could lower farm operating costs. Some of the electric mobility projects will ensure traditionally underserved communities have clean transportation alternatives and, in one case, increase sustainable access to healthcare. Grant recipients displayed a high-level of creativity and innovation in how electricity can power vehicles, communities and the future.”

Funding for these grants are made possible by the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which is administered by the state Department of Environmental Quality and aims to reduce the carbon intensity of Oregon’s transportation fuels. Pacific Power raises funds through the sale of Clean Fuels Program credits, which the company aggregates on behalf of customers who charge their electric vehicles at home.

Electric Mobility Grant Recipients:

  • Hacienda CDC – Charging infrastructure in support of affordable housing.
  • Corvallis-Benton County – e-bikes and helmet rebate program for low-income households.
  • The Environmental Center –
    • Partnering with Forth to develop a mobile electric transportation showroom.
    • Partnering with the Center for Transportation and Environment to deliver electric bus and e-bike outreach and training.
  • Crook County Fairgrounds – Electric tractor funding to support the Electrifying Oregon’s Agricultural Economy initiative.
  • Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council – Electric bus feasibility and needs assessment for public transit system.
  • Oregon Environmental Council – Charging infrastructure and electric utility vehicles to demonstrate viability within Oregon’s agricultural sector.
  • North by Northeast Community Health Center – Charging infrastructure and electric vehicle to support a medical clinic devoted to African American health equity.
  • City of Mosier – Electric vehicle and e-bike charging infrastructure.
  • Bend LaPine School – Charging infrastructure and electric bus to support school bus fleet.

Since 2018, Pacific Power has made it easier for drivers to choose electric by partnering with communities and businesses to install electric vehicle chargers across Oregon, Washington and California. In addition to the Electric Mobility Grant, Pacific Power offers a free technical assistance program for organizations looking to install electric vehicle charging. The program provides a feasibility analysis for electric vehicle technology charging options, costs, rates, and best practices for siting, installing and managing equipment.

In the face of the pandemic impacting the economic health and vitality of communities, these investments come at a time when cities and towns across the Pacific Northwest are looking to grow through electric mobility expansion. It’s just one way Pacific Power is committed to helping them create the energy future they want and need.

For information on technical assistance and to learn more about the benefits of electric vehicles, please visit www.pacificpower.net/ev.

 

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ABOUT PACIFIC POWER

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 773,000 customers in 243 communities across Oregon, Washington and California. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving nearly two million customers in six western states as the largest regulated utility owner of wind power in the West. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.