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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 […]

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Capital Credits Checks Mailed in December

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 […]