In 1998, Oregon’s consumer-owned utilities started a grass-roots program called Power of Community to address the issue of restructuring the electricity industry and the potential impact on Oregon’s small and rural communities. This grass-roots coalition helped maintain local control of consumer-owned utilities in the electrical industry restructuring legislation of 1999.
Challenges to local control and preferential access to federal hydro-based energy are far from over and consumer-owned utilities will face increased political pressures from a variety of sources, both regional and national.
As a Power of Community supporter, you may be asked to contact your Senators and Representatives to voice your opinion. Hearing from grassroots constituents does make a difference to lawmakers. Your support will allow us to have a strong presence in upcoming debates on the regional and national energy picture.
This is a time of unprecedented change in the electric utility industry. At all government levels, elected officials could look at raising utility taxes to increase revenues. At the federal level, Congress will consider a number of bills that could dramatically raise the price of electricity for Northwest consumers.
If our electric cooperative is to provide affordable power and best represent the needs of its members, we need your help. Power of Community is a grassroots network of 3,600 electric cooperative consumers throughout Oregon. When asked, these people contact their elected officials to express support or opposition to a bill that would impact electric rates.
As a Power of Community member, we provide you background material on electric utility issues and newsletters on important state and federal legislation. From time to time, we might ask you to contact your elected officials about a particular piece of legislation that is being considered. You are never under any obligation to do so, and can cancel your participation at anytime.
Elected officials want to hear from our members – the voters. The more people they hear from, the more they pay attention to what Oregon electric cooperatives are saying.
As a member-owned business, we need your help to keep electric rates affordable.
The Power of Community link is dormant at this time as the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association (ORECA) is in the process of updating their web site. If you are interested in becoming a POC member, please contact Lane Electric at 541-484-1151.
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