UEC News


Wildfire, Windstorm Damage Reported

September 07, 2020

Reports of wildfires moving swiftly with the windstorm have been reported with evacuations happening in the Hermiston area. Shown is a fire burning north of Hermiston earlier this evening near the Power City Substation. Winds gusted throughout the afternoon, peaking at 51 mph at the Hermiston Airport at 6:19 p.m. UEC crews are responding to […]

UEC Offices Closed for Labor Day

September 01, 2020

UEC’s offices in Hermiston and Boardman will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor 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 […]

Coordinated Effort with AWS Benefits Local Communities

June 22, 2020

UEC and HES Work with Amazon Web Services to Support the Umatilla-Morrow Community Companies coordinate to provide energy assistance, support local aid organizations, and bolster student connectivity and virtual learning. Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) and Hermiston Energy Services (HES) announced they are working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to donate funds to support local electric […]

What To Do In Case of Power Outage

June 11, 2020

Call 1(888) 465-5701 Call UEC any time day or night to report an outage. Emergency calls will be forwarded to a UEC outage duty representative, who will ask questions about your location and situation and then dispatch a line crew to fix the problem. It is helpful to keep “grid plate” numbers handy so you […]

Tips For Staying Safe Around Electricity

June 11, 2020

Electrical / Lightning Storms The lazy, hazy, hot days of summer provide the right atmosphere for sudden thunder and lightning storms. Lightning is a form of static electricity and like other forms of electricity, lightning looks for a path to the ground. It will use the best conductor available, including water, a tree, a kite […]

Preparing For Summer Storms

June 11, 2020

Summer is here, school is out and families are gearing up for a few months of fun and relaxation. While summer brings much fun in the sun, it can also bring the occasional severe storm. In the event of a power outage, you can trust that Umatilla Electric is ready to respond. The major cause […]

Thunderstorm Damage Update

May 31, 2020

When and How to Report a Power Outage Report a Downed Powerline Food Safety During an Emergency Progress Updates on Severe Thunderstorm Damage Shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30, a powerful series of thunderstorms hit Northeast Oregon after causing widespread destruction in Central Oregon. Peak gusts hit 76 mph at Arlington, 75 at Umatilla, […]

Q&A Regarding PPP and EIDL Funding

May 16, 2020

Greg Smith of UEC’s Business Resource Center Answers Common Questions on PPP and EIDL Funding Many business owners have applied for or received funds from the Paycheck Protection (PPP) and/or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). We have received the following questions and want to share information we hope will be helpful. Q: I have applied […]