Oregonians may soon see their Electricity Bills rising, and it won’t just be because the cost of producing electricity is going up.
Oregon’s two biggest electricity producers are safeguarding their profits by trying to raise electric bills.
Pacific Power’s parent company, Pacificorp, has asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission for a nine percent rate increase effective next year.
That increase would help Pacificorp almost double its profit margin.
Portland General Electric is also going to see its profits rise, even as people use less power.
That’s thanks to poorly timed program to promote energy efficiency.
President Obama announced last night that he plans to make immigration reform a top priority during his first year in office.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with local immigrant rights activist Francisco Lopez about what this pledge could mean for Oregon’s immigrant community: