electricity

Pacific Power preps for fire season

PORTLAND, Ore. – The electrical utility company providing power to southern Oregon said they’re adjusting their infrastructure to be better prepared for the increasing threat of wildfires. Pacific Power Senior Vice President Scott Bolton said his company is working with local emergency …

Smart meters coming to the Rogue Valley

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Pacific Power is rolling out “smart meters” for residences and businesses in Jackson County. According to Pacific power, they’ll work this summer to replace about 88,000 old, aging electric meters in Medford, Central Point, Eagle Point, Butte Falls, …

Medford crash causes widespread power outage

Medford, Ore.- A crash in the Foothill Road area caused hundreds of east Medford residents to lose power early Thursday morning. The outage was first reported about 3:20 a.m. and originally impacted about 1800 homes. Pacific Power crews were able to get …

Proposed legislation would regulate power bills

Medford, Ore. — Two southern Oregon lawmakers want to help you with your power bill. They’ve introduced a new law, regulating how much companies can charge. Senate Bill 1552, also known as the electricity Ratepayer Protection Act, would limit increases in fees …

Tips to keep your power bill low this winter

PORTLAND, Ore. – Pacific Power is preparing for a colder than average winter this year. Now, they’re offering tips for managing the costs of keeping warm. “You are battling the elements,” said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power’s vice president for customer service. “Cold …

State agency looking into high power bills

Southern Oregon — Oregon’s Public Utilities Commission is looking into unusually high bills submitted by local Pacific Power customers. Some customers complained after receiving December and January bills that were two to three times higher than normal. Pacific Power said the increase …

Wide spread power outages throughout southern Oregon

Josephine County, Ore.- Widespread power outages were reported throughout southern Oregon Wednesday night into Thursday morning, according to Pacific Power. While outages were scattered throughout the area, many of the outages were centered in Douglas and Josephine counties. At one point, more …