What Lower Electric Rates Will Mean
- Families will have more spending money
- Businesses will see
improved bottom lines
- Schools will have additional funds
to put teachers in classrooms
will have more to maintain programs (they use lots of electricity)
Why Public Power Is The Best Power
People's Utility Districts solve the Portland General Electric/Enron mess for Oregonians:
Provide stable, local control:
- Locally owned and controlled: board of directors directly elected by voters
- Stable power supply: Cannot be sold at the whim of a private corporation
- Independent of the Oregon Public Utility Commission, which approved the sale of PGE to Enron and then OK'd the largest rate hike in Oregon history
Good for Labor:
- Must honor existing union contracts of PGE's workers
- Have no overpriced executives draining money from workers
- No absentee ownership: Local control is invested in employees
- Multiple PUDs = a larger job market: No corporate mergers = stable jobs
Good for Business:
- Lower rates mean reduced overhead
- Stable rates mean predictable overhead
- Lower rates mean customers have more to spend
- Locally elected board means a greater voice for business
- Will get PGE's assets at the lowest price by using eminent domain: doesn't bid at the Enron bankruptcy auction
- Get wholesale power at low rates unavailable to private utilities
- More money stays at home: PUDs don't pay Federal income taxes
- Provide power to citizens, not profits to shareholders: 14% of your PGE bill goes to shareholders!
- Have no overpriced executives draining money from ratepayers
Good for the Environment:
- Can make decisions based on best environmental practices, not highest income
- Can develop renewable resources
With People's Utility Districts, we can control our energy future. We will not be subject to the whims of absentee owners whose primary objective is to make a profit, not serve the public!
"Public power keeps looking better"
"With PUDs, customers save"
economy, we need to make every effort to keep our electric rates as low
and as stable as possible. The way to do this is through
Utility District. A PUD will provide public ownership and local control
of electrical service in our county. It will be a not-for-profit utility,
providing cost-based rates. It will serve residential, commercial,
and industrial electric customers.
PUD will benefit under the Bonneville Power Administration's mandate
to give preference
and priority to "public bodies and cooperatives" when selling
energy. The PUD will enjoy, along with other publicly-owned
utilities in the Pacific Northwest, long-term and less expensive BPA
power. Please visit here to view a
list of PUD advantages.
Based on 2003 data from the Oregon Public Utility Commission, which was released in September 2004, PGE ratepayers pay more than ratepayers of any publicly-owned electric utility in Oregon except tiny Cascade Locks with 561 total customers. All five Peoples Utility Districts have lower
rates than PGE. The cost of publicly-owned power averaged 5.73 cents per kilowatt-hour, 21 percent less than PGE. We
even pay 20 percent more than investor-owned Pacific Power which serves part of Portland. PUD utilitiy rates are as much as one-half less.
fact is that up and down the West Coast, including utilities that border PGE, publicly-owned power is LESS
MORE reliable, more environmentally responsible, and better
has six operating electric PUD's that serve about nine percent
of our state’s
electric needs. They are: Central Lincoln PUD in Newport; Clatskanie
PUD in Clatskanie; Columbia River PUD in St. Helens; Emerald PUD
in Eugene; Northern Wasco County PUD; and Tillamook PUD in Tillamook.
PUD's exist in Washington State, including Clark County, Tacoma, and Seattle.