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News Release
Utilities On Track For Y2K
August 19, 1999 (1999-034)
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Ron Karten, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, Ore. – Oregon’s investor-owned utilities continue to report cautious optimism on the Y2K front. At a public meeting today, the Oregon Public Utility Commission lauded the industry’s public outreach efforts and approved a plan to require all regulated utilities to provide updated Y2K contingency plans by November 1, 1999.
The Commission also encouraged utilities to intensify their Y2K customer information activities during the remaining months of 1999.
Among the findings at the hearings:
All utilities have nearly completed work on their mission-critical systems, those that directly or indirectly relate to the delivery of a particular service, and many have entirely completed the job. For energy utilities, some work remains for some companies on their energy management systems, which allow load dispatchers to monitor and control the power system. A representative for the 14 small regulated telephone companies across the state reports that these company’s Y2K projects are more than 90 percent complete.
Various companies remain in the testing, verification, or final implementation phases of non mission-critical systems.
Activity to ensure that supply chains for the utilities are Y2K compliant is on-going. Some utilities, like certain small telephone companies and Cascade Natural Gas, are not independently verifying the compliance of outside suppliers and vendors. It is not unusual for companies, particularly smaller companies, to rely on the veracity of Y2K assurances from their suppliers.
In addition, the Commission asked regulated water companies to provide the Commission with updated Y2K Service Readiness reports by November 1, 1999.
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