UEC News

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 […]

District 1 & 2 Board Candidates Announced

March 28, 2019

Five candidates, including two incumbents, are on the ballot this spring for seats on the Umatilla Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. UEC’s service area is divided into seven districts. The members of each district elect a director to represent them for a three-year term. Elections are being held this year for Districts 1, representing the […]

Easy Account Management At Your Fingertips

March 14, 2019

Umatilla Electric’s online payment portal allows you to quickly and easily manage your account from your computer or mobile device. To sign-up go to PAYMENT OPTIONS and register with SmartHub or download the app today. Available in the App Store or Google Play. With SmartHub you can:     » Make a Payment     » Track […]

Tips for Saving Energy

March 14, 2019

Many homes’ electric heating systems are working overtime to maintain comfortable temperatures inside the home. The colder temperatures may have a dramatic impact on the amount of electricity you used. Some recommendations to reduce energy use: Set your thermostat to 68 degrees maximum in winter; turn down to 60 degrees at night Seal air leaks. […]

Winter Cold May Lead to Higher Energy Bills

March 14, 2019

If your current energy bill looks higher than usual, the likely cause may be the record cold in February and March. Snowfall in Pendleton reached 32.5 inches with 22 days of snowfall during February, almost twice the previous record. Hermiston recorded 17.6 inches with 19 days of snowfall, the East Oregonian reported. Hermiston’s temperature averaged […]

Make Your Voice Heard on Cap and Trade

February 19, 2019

From the Office of Rep. Greg Smith In the coming weeks the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction will be holding four community hearings across Oregon to hear constituent testimony on the proposed cap and trade legislation (HB 2020). Recent studies indicate that the cap and trade program under consideration will have a significant impact on […]

Beware of Scam Callers Demanding Payment

January 28, 2019

A male caller posing as an electric company employee has been threatening Umatilla Electric and Hermiston Energy customers with immediate disconnection unless they pay their bill at once. He states he works for the electric company, but does not tell you the name of the electric company. The customers are being told to buy a […]