UEC News

Economic Summit Set for Hermiston July 26

July 19, 2019

Umatilla Electric is among the sponsors of the first annual Eastern Oregon Economic Summit, to be held Friday, July 26 at Hermiston High School, 600 S. First St., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event goes from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and registration for the summit is open to the public. The cost […]

Legislation Benefits UEC, Rural Oregon

July 16, 2019

With the end of the Oregon Legislature, bills of special interest to Umatilla Electric successfully passed the finish line and will become law. SB 408 will allow counties to subdivide Exclusive Farm Use (EFU) land for utility facilities necessary for public service. The bill, which received bipartisan support, will assist UEC and other utilities as […]

Construction Begins on UEC Transmission Line

July 15, 2019

Construction is underway on Umatilla Electric’s McNary-to-Hermiston Butte 115-kilovolt transmission line, our third source of 115-kV power into the Hermiston area. The line will support residential, industrial and agricultural load growth and improve system redundancy and reliability. Five miles long, the line will begin near the intersection of highways 730 and 395, run south along […]

Cap & Trade Bill Fails to Pass Legislature

July 01, 2019

Oregon Democrats were unable to pass a plan to cap greenhouse gas emissions before the end of the legislative session on June 30. Umatilla Electric had been working with the governor’s office, legislators and business leaders in an attempt to mitigate the impact of House Bill 2020 on its membership. Those efforts hopefully will be […]

UEC Offices Closed Thursday, July 4

June 27, 2019

UEC’s offices in Hermiston and Boardman will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. A reminder: Our SmartHub portal at umatillaelectric.com allows you to manage your account from a computer, smartphone or tablet. You may pay by phone at 888-480-9709 anytime day or night.  You are welcome to try our outdoor payment […]

Oregon Cap & Trade Bill Moves to Senate

June 19, 2019

After more than six hours of spirited debate on Monday, the Oregon House passed the cap and trade bill by a vote of 36-24. House Bill 2020 now moves on to the Oregon Senate for consideration. The bill would create a cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation, manufacturing and utility sectors. […]

New Agricultural Efficiency Incentives Announced

May 05, 2019

UEC is pleased to offer several new rebates for installing variable frequency drives and replacing an existing pump with a new pump, thanks to new program offerings from Bonneville Power Administration. The rebates range from $50 per rated horsepower of the pump motor and up. Details are available under Commercial/Industrial Rebates.  

BPA Proposes No Spill Surcharge for 2019

April 23, 2019

Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to have no spill surcharge this summer for its wholesale power customers and to offset spill costs instead with cuts already made to the Fish and Wildlife Program. The agency is hosting a workshop and public comment period on the proposal in April and May. Last year, BPA implemented a […]

$4.5 million in Capital Credits Refunded in April

April 01, 2019

Umatilla Electric Cooperative members who received power in 2017 received a Capital Credits refund in April. UEC’s Board of Directors approved a total of $4.5 million to be returned to members, which represents a portion of the cooperative’s 2017 margins. Each member receives a portion of the amount they spent on energy received from UEC […]