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Commission Approves PacifiCorp Energy Savings Plan
 
May 22, 2001 (2001-24)
 

Contacts:Roy Hemmingway, Chairman, 503 378-6611
Roger Hamilton, Commissioner, 503 378-6611
Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611
Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, OR – The Oregon Public Utility Commission gave the green light today to allow PacifiCorp to offer its residential customers a financial incentive as a reward for reducing the amount of electricity they use this summer compared with a year ago.
 
At the urging of the Commission the company agreed to offer incentives at two reduction thresholds—10 percent and 20 percent.
 
Customers get the twofold benefit of using less energy and receiving either a 10 or 20 percent reduction on their monthly bill.
 
A customer who reduces usage by 20 percent would pay a bill that is 64 percent of what it would be without the 20 percent cut. A customer who reduces usage by 10 percent would pay a bill that is 81 percent of what it would be without the 10 percent cut.
 
Initially, PacifiCorp proposed the Customer Energy Challenge for customers who reduce their energy usage by at least 20 percent from the same month the previous year. However, the Commission and Oregon Office of Energy questioned the viability of the plan and urged the company to offer a tiered approach.
 
The Customer Energy Challenge will take effect for bills processed by the company after June 1, 2001. PacifiCorp will add the 10/10 option July 1, 2001. The incentives will end September 30, 2001.
 
The Commission praised PacifiCorp for going the extra mile to offer the 10/10 option.
 
"Simply providing the 20/20 option may not have been fair to customers who have already taken steps to reduce their power consumption," Commission Chairman Roy Hemmingway said. "This has the potential to be a 'win-win' for customers, the company, and the region in a time of tight energy supplies."
 
Commissioner Roger Hamilton said, "This will provide an immediate reward for customers willing and able to reduce electric loads. And all customers will benefit from these individual efforts."
 
PacifiCorp is also providing the 10/10 option to its customers in Washington, Idaho and Utah.
 
The program comes at a time when utilities are looking at ways to reduce the amount of power they must supply, because energy prices have been on the rise.
 
PacifiCorp is Oregon's second largest investor-owned utility with 412,000 residential customers.
 
Portland General Electric, Oregon's largest investor-owned utility, is not offering a conservation incentive program at this time for its residential customers.
 
 
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