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Y2K Plans Move Forward
 
February 1, 1999 (1999-006)
 
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ron Karten, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission will require all regulated gas electric and telephone companies in Oregon to report Y2K testing results by March 31 and to conduct comprehensive customer information programs during 1999.
 
The Commission made the decision today after hearing a staff quarterly report on Y2K which concluded that the regulated utilities "appeared to be progressing toward Y2K compliance" by identifying, inventorying and correcting potential problems. The report was based upon a December 1998 survey of utility Y2K activities.
 
The Commission also decided the utilities should report on their expectations for the continuation of basic utility services on January 1, 2000 in their Spring Y2K Quarterly Report to the Commission.
 
"The utilities have been making a lot of progress," Commission Chairman Ron Eachus said. "But the systems are too interconnected for anyone to be self-sufficient when it comes to Y2K, and we want to make sure both the utility and the consumer have the information needed to make it a non-event."
 
 
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