Portland General Electric has established one community resource center in Washington County, located inside Jim’s Market in Banks, to charge phones, get ice, and find info about power shutoffs in the face of critical wildfire risk.
Power will be shut off in an effort to reduce wildfire risk in ten areas across PGE’s service territory starting Friday. In Gales Creek, power will be cut sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, and may be restored starting Saturday evening.
Nearly all of Oregon’s 41 electric utilities have submitted their final plans to the state for preventing wildfires and managing shutoffs, according to the Public Utilities Commission.
Power lines near Forest Grove. File photo: Chas Hundley Portland General Electric sent an email to some customers on March 10 announcing it will match customer’s payments on past-due balances between April 1 and June 30. “It’s been a tough year, but you’re not alone in dealing with your past-due[Read More…]
Ziply’s current broadband network in northwest Oregon. Blue is broadband, green is fiber. Photo courtesy Ziply website The rural portions of Washington County have always struggled to gain access to high speed internet, with some regions solely relying on satellite or microwave options, while others are on copper lines now[Read More…]
A Frontier Communications truck in downtown Gales Creek. Photo: Chas Hundley OREGON – Frontier Communications officially completed the sale of their operations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana on Friday to the company now known as Ziply Fiber. The deal closed at $1.35 billion, according to Ziply, which is headquartered[Read More…]
Utility companies could charge Oregon ratepayers for electric vehicle infrastructure improvements under proposed HB 4066
The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley SALEM – House Bill 4066, a prospective law that passed on a 7-2 vote that would allow the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) to provide electric companies with the ability to recover costs for electric vehicle investments from ratepayers, passed the[Read More…]
Power lines near Forest Grove. File photo: Chas Hundley WASHINGTON COUNTY – Service for landlines with the 357, 359, and 992 prefix has been restored after an earlier 911 outage, according Forest Grove Fire & Rescue. The restoration came at 12:52 p.m., according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and[Read More…]
A downed line on Gales Creek Road. Photo: Chas Hundley GALES CREEK – High winds and soaking rain have already taken their toll during this weekend’s flood watch: A tree took out Portland General Electric power lines on Gales Creek Road between David Hill Road and Stringtown Road, according to[Read More…]
One lane closes at Gales Creek Road between Stringtown Rd and Creekwood Pl for downed limb, power lines
Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue GALES CREEK VALLEY – A rotten tree limb snapped and fell onto Gales Creek Road between Stringtown Road and Creekwood Place, taking out power for at least 15 customers this morning. Portland General Electric crews have been dispatched to clean up the tree and[Read More…]