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Corps of Engineers Begins Spring Spill Operations with New Flexibility

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin implementing its 2019 Fish Operations Plan at the four lower Snake River dams on Wednesday, and...

NW Energy Supplies Tight, Consumers Asked to Conserve Electricity

Unseasonably cold temperatures, low stream flows for hydropower production, transmission import constraints and high natural gas constraints are putting pressure on the regional electricity...

Hermiston Council OKs Rate Increase for Hermiston Energy Services

The Hermiston City Council on Monday approved adjustments on electric rates for all classes of service that will become effective on bills calculated after Dec. 31. Hermiston...

Hermiston Council Postpones Vote on Proposed Electrical Rate Hike

The Hermiston City Council tabled a resolution Monday night that would have increased rates for Hermiston Energy Services (HES) customers. The council had planned to...

River Operators Increase Flows to Welcome Returning Chum Salmon

Sometimes being underwater is a good thing, especially for Columbia River salmon nests, called redds. This fall, federal agencies are increasing Columbia River flows...

Tribes: Pacific Lamprey Returning to Umatilla River in Record Numbers

Pacific lamprey, a prehistoric fish native to the Columbia River Basin and treasured by Native American people, are returning to Oregon’s Umatilla River in...

Hermiston’s Bryan Wolfe Earns Top Honor for Community Service

Bryan Wolfe of Hermiston has received the Northwest Public Power Association’s top honor for community service. Wolfe, a longtime member of the Umatilla Electric Cooperative...

Spill Surcharge to Cost UEC $200,000

As expected, the Bonneville Power Administration has proposed a surcharge to its wholesale power rates to recover costs associated with increased water spill at...

Lamb Weston Receives $500,000 From UEC for Energy Savings Project

Lamb Weston received a $500,000 check from Umatilla Electric Cooperative Thursday, May 3, for completing one of the Northwest’s largest industrial energy savings projects...

Bill to Protect Columbia and Snake River Dams Passes U.S. House

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 3144, which would put a temporary “time-out” on further litigation against the federal hydrosystem...

UEC CEO: Future Bright Despite Political Threats to Hydropower

The general manager and CEO of Umatilla Electric Cooperative told its members Saturday night that the benefits of hydropower are at risk by organized...

Court Orders More Spill Over Dams; BPA Predicts Higher Power Rates

The Bonneville Power Administration said on Tuesday that it will follow the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision that orders additional spill...

$321 Million Contract Awarded to Install 14 Turbines at McNary Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District on Wednesday awarded a $321.3 million contract to Alstom Renewable US LLC to design, manufacture...

Umatilla Electric Moving Forward on Wheatridge Transmission Project

On the heels of a favorable ruling from a federal agency, Umatilla Electric Cooperative is taking the steps necessary to provide transmission services to...

UEC Completes Construction on Hermiston Substation

Umatilla Electric has completed work on its newest substation, located at the southeast corner of Northeast 10th Street and East Elm Avenue. Primary construction contractor...

Canadian Developer Proposes Wind Farm Southeast of Echo

A Canadian developer has proposed a 350-megawatt wind farm on 44,900 acres southeast of Echo. In its application for state approval, Capital Power of Edmonton...

Northwest Lawmakers Oppose Selling BPA

Pacific Northwest members of Congress have voiced their opposition to a proposal in the President’s budget to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA)...

Public Weighs In On Columbia River System EIS

More than 2,300 people attended a series of public meetings and webinars provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, and...

Public Input Sought on Federal Hydropower Projects

Northeast Oregon residents will receive several chances to share their opinions in person on the future operation of 14 federal hydropower projects in the...

Hermiston Council OKs HES Rate Hike

The Hermiston City Council on Monday approved adjustments on electric rates for all classes of service that will become effective on bills calculated after...

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