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Follow the City of Millersburg as it studies the feasibility and possible creation of a municipal electric utility.

 

Millersburg City Council Votes to send Municipal Electrical Utility To Voters

The Millersburg City Council voted unanimously last night to send a proposal to create a municipal electric utility (MEU) to the citizens of Millersburg to vote on. It is anticipated that the MEU will be voted on this November 2015. The City has been studying and considering an MEU since 2013.

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A statement from the Millersburg City Council: After the exhaustive and detailed work completed by the Millersburg City Power Committee and after careful review of the Plan by members of the City Council, we have voted to send this Plan to the voters of the City for their consideration.

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Millerburg_BizPlanAfter Exhaustive Work Millersburg City Power Committee Voted to send Business Plan to Millersburg Voters for Consideration

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Oregon law provides the authority for the City of Millersburg to own and operate an electric utility. There are currently 12 municipal utilities operating in Oregon.

The City has the opportunity to form a municipal utility and to purchase low-cost hydroelectric power from the Bonneville Power Administration (“BPA”). BPA is a federal agency charged with marketing the output of the federal Columbia River hydroelectric system. Although BPA has fully allocated the output of the federal hydroelectric system to other consumer-owned utilities, BPA reserved a small amount of such power at its lowest rates for new utilities. Only newly formed consumer-owned utilities, such as a municipal utility, are eligible under federal law to purchase this reserved power. One new consumer-owned utility has already been formed and has purchased a share of this BPA power. Other communities are interested in doing the same. Once the reserved power has been allocated to new utilities, it is unknown whether BPA can or will make more available. Thus, the City believes that it is prudent to analyze the feasibility of forming a municipal utility now, while it is still possible to acquire a share of the lowest-cost hydroelectric power that has been reserved by BPA.

The most recent new municipal utility to form in Oregon was the City of Hermiston in 2001. The City of Hermiston brought a condemnation action to acquire a portion of PacifiCorp distribution system. Hermiston purchases its wholesale power supply from BPA, and contracts with another local utility to operate its distribution system. We understand that the average residential electric customer located in Hermiston now pays about 30% less each month for power than the average residential customer of PacifiCorp located in nearby Pendleton.

We try to keep you informed of the latest developments as the City of Millersburg considers the possible creation of a municipal electric utility, please feel free to read the following: What’s in the News: From the Democrat Herald to the Oregonian, read the latest published news. Public Records: See the latest feasibility study results and other public information from the City, PacifiCorp and BPA Who Said What: See public statements and letters to the editor from decision makers and interested citizens. Frequently Asked Questions: Find the answers to many basic questions about the process the City is exploring (Updated 06.07.14) Read Reports and Information: Studies and analysis on public and private utilities For information on PacifiCorp’s opinions on this proposal, please visit:
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This site provides Millersburg’s residents with more information about public power and how the City is investigating its options.


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What’s in the News:

From the Democrat Herald to the Oregonian, read the latest published news.

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Public Records:

See the latest feasibility study results and other public information from the City, PacifiCorp and BPA

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Who Said What:

See public statements and letters to the editor from decision makers and interested citizens.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Find the answers to many basic questions about the process the City is exploring (Updated 06.07.14)

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Read Reports and Information:

Studies and analysis on public and private utilities


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Public Members
Jim Lepin
Tish Jacobson

Local Businesses
Forrest Barnes, Palm Harbor Homes
Jim Denham, ATI Wah Chang
City Council
Jason Yutzie
Darrin Lane