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News Release
PUC Will be Closed Friday August 20th for Furlough
August 18, 2010 (2010-018)
Contacts:  Ray Baum, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR.  Because of  budget reductions for state agencies, the Oregon Public Utility Commission will close on Friday, August 20th, as Commission employees will take mandatory unpaid furloughs on that day.
The next furlough day is the sixth of 10 closure dates the state has scheduled over the current two-year budget period. Each day of closure will save an estimated $2 million in personnel costs. While the closures affect both management and non-management employees, many state workers will take up to four additional days of unpaid furlough on a floating basis over the remainder of the biennium.
 Please call your utility company if you wish to make payment arrangements or check on the status of a payment.  If you have questions regarding a water, natural gas, electric or telephone company regulated by the Commission, please contact the Commission’s Consumer Services Division when we reopen Monday June 21 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm toll free at 1-800-522-2404.
Applications for the Telephone Assistance Programs are available online at
The state has scheduled the remaining dates as closure days with mandatory unpaid furloughs (all are Fridays):
September 17, 2010
November 26, 2010
March 18, 2011
May 20, 2011