UEC News


Road Work Begins Wednesday, March 7

March 06, 2018

Beginning Wednesday, March 7th, UEC crews will be performing maintenance on the residential road of W. Ridgeway between NW 11th Street and NW 6th  Street.  We anticipate work to be completed within three to four weeks. At this time there are no scheduled outages, but should the need arise, UEC will contact the customers affected prior […]

UEC Hits 10,000 Member Milestone

February 07, 2018

Umatilla Electric hit a milestone this month. The cooperative added its 10,000th member! Congratulations to Adelina G. from Hermiston for joining the co-op at a lucky moment. In honor of this milestone for UEC, Adelina was treated to a gift basket full of goodies and a bill credit on her new membership. Congratulations to our […]

Overhead Line Project Begins Feb. 12

February 05, 2018

A Umatilla Electric contractor, Magnum Power, will be installing an overhead electrical communications line onto the cooperative’s 230/115-kilovolt power line over the next several weeks. The project will include a contracted helicopter service. The line begins at the Hermiston Generating Company plant on Westland Road, runs north along Interstate 82, and passes through Umatilla’s South […]

UEC Moving Forward on Wheatridge Transmission Project

January 29, 2018

On the heels of a favorable ruling from a federal agency, Umatilla Electric Cooperative is taking the steps necessary to provide transmission services to the Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility. The first step is preparing a permit application to build, operate and maintain a 230-kilovolt transmission line that would connect the project to a Bonneville Power […]

UEC Given Authority to Provide Transmission to Wind Project

January 22, 2018

In a ruling issued Jan. 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a protest by Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative and ordered Umatilla Electric Cooperative to provide wholesale transmission service to Wheatridge Wind Energy’s proposed 500-megawatt generation project in northeastern Oregon. “We’re thrilled with the ruling,” said Robert Echenrode, UEC General Manager and CEO. “We have […]

Joining the ORECA Action Program is Easy

January 01, 2018

Joining is easy. Simply go to www.ORECA-Action.org and follow the instructions to register. Or you can stop by UEC’s Hermiston or Boardman offices and fill out a simple card that enrolls you in this important program. By signing up for ORECA-Action, you’ll maximize your voice and become part of a growing team of electric cooperative […]

UEC Rates Well Below State, U.S. Averages

December 28, 2017

Umatilla Electric will absorb rising costs from its wholesale power supplier without the need for an overall revenue increase from its Cooperative membership, while continuing to provide some of the lowest electricity rates in Oregon and the nation. UEC’s average residential rate of 8.62 cents per kilowatt-hour is 21 percent below the state average and […]

Capital Credits Checks Mailed in December

December 19, 2017

One of the many benefits of being a member-owner of Umatilla Electric Cooperative is sharing in any margins generated by the business. In November 2017, the UEC Board of Directors approved a total of $4.34 million to be returned to members in December 2017, representing the remaining 2000, 2001 and 2002 margins. In mid-December, UEC […]

Construction Completed at New Substation

December 07, 2017

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at on Dec. 6 at the new substation on the southeast corner of Northeast 10th St. and East Elm Ave. Ambassadors and Hermiston City officials attended along with UEC staff to honor the work done to complete the large project. The substation will serve both UEC members and Hermiston […]