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Thunderstorm Damage Update

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, […]

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Crews Responding to Flood Damage

Crews continue to assess damage and restore power where possible after the floods. As water recedes, soils remain saturated and inaccessible. Beyond the flooding, landslides and road washouts have made parts of our territory inaccessible. After working through the weekend and Monday, the outage numbers are as follows: Bingham Road/Umatilla River – 35 Walla Walla […]

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Outages Occur As Winds Gust to 43 MPH

Outages occurred overnight in the Boardman-Hermiston area as winds gusted to 43 mph. At 11 p.m., 861 UEC members served by the Coyote Springs Substation lost power, affecting the town of Boardman and the Port of Morrow. The outage eventually affected about 1,373 members. Power was restored in the Boardman area at 2:40 a.m. At […]

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UEC Announces Sale of Eastern Oregon Telecom

HERMISTON, Ore. – Umatilla Electric Cooperative announced today the sale of its subsidiary business, Eastern Oregon Telecom, to the telecom’s senior executive team. Terms of the sale to the EOT executive team, doing business as Columbia Basin Development Group, were not disclosed. With 17 employees and more than 3,500 internet and telephone customers, EOT reported […]

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NWPPA Honors Wolfe With Community Service Award

HERMISTON, Ore. – Bryan Wolfe of Hermiston has received the Northwest Public Power Association’s top honor for community service. Wolfe, a longtime member of the Umatilla Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, received the Paul J. Raver Community Service Award May 22 at the NWPPA’s annual conference in Boise. The award honors an individual or company […]

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Additional Spill Costs Hit Public Utilities, Including UEC

As expected, the Bonneville Power Administration has proposed a surcharge to its wholesale power rates to recover costs associated with increased water spill at eight Northwest dams. As a wholesale power customer of BPA, Umatilla Electric Cooperative anticipates a total charge exceeding $200,000 for the additional spill. UEC will absorb the surcharge without affecting the […]

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450 Attend UEC Annual Membership Meeting

With a theme of “It’s the Water … Powering Our Communities,” about 450 people attended Umatilla Electric Cooperative’s 81th annual meeting on April 21 at the Hermiston Community Center. The co-op handed out 30 door prizes, with a grand prize of a beach vacation at Newport. Musician Frank Carlson provided entertainment, and Bonneville Power Administration […]