LOGISTICS OF ACQUISITION AND OPERATION
The creation or more PUDs does not require that the PGE distribution system be broken apart. PGE can sell its entire distribution system to the Multnomah County PUD or to a group of PUDs operating under an ORS Chapter 190 intergovernmental agreement. Existing PUDs already operate their systems jointly.
In addition, the logistics of separating out part of the distribution system is not difficult or expensive. In the early 1980s, Columbia River PUD went into operation, which required breaking off all of PGE's distribution system in Columbia County, except the cites of St. Helens, Scapoose, Columbia City, and Ranier. This separation reportedly cost less than $100,000. This is far less than the $250,000 we are paying every day in PGE's phony federal and state income tax collections.
When the people of those cities annexed themselves to the PUD (or to Clatskanie PUD) in the laste 1990s, the distribution system was restored to its previous state at virtually no cost.
CONSERVATION AND RENEWABLES
Perhaps half of the people in this audience would want a PUD to do more development of conservation and renewable resources than PGE does, and the other half may prefer less effort on conservation and renewables. In any event, public power entities implement the conservation and renewable effort that corresponds to the wishes of the local voters, who elect the boards of directors. Public power utilities in the Eugene area, for example, do more conservation and renewable resources development per capita than does PGE, while public power utilities in eastern Oregon do less. Considering the electoral in the Portland area, we would expect public power entities here to devote considerable effort to these alternatives.
Under state law, a PUD must offer employment to any employee who works on a part of the private utility system that is acquired by the PUD. But the PUD would not have to hire PGE's million-dollar executives or pay their enormous bonuses and other compensation.
WATER BILLING SYSTEM
GENERATION AND BPA POWER
Long-term BPA power will be available, starting October 1, 2006. A new PUD would have same rights to federal preference power as any existing publicly-owned utility in the region.
ACQUIRE PGE'S HYDRO
ACQUIRE MID-COLUMBIA CONTRACTS
PGE THERMAL NOT WORTH MORE THAN BOOK VALUE
INVEST MORE IN RENEWABLE RESOURCES
BUY OR BUILD NEW GAS CTs, AS A LAST RESORT