Dear Members,

Libby CalnonI have two topics to share with you this month.

Pacific Power Wildfire Mitigation Plan

Many of you likely have heard Pacific Power is implementing a public safety power shut-off program in Hood River this summer. We have been assured the Pacific transmission line that serves our Odell Substation is not included in the plan, so Hood River Electric Cooperative members should not be affected by any power shut-offs. We are participating in the planning discussions to ensure this remains the case.

HREC’s Performance Ranks High

Last month, we received a report showing how our 2018 performance in serving members compared with other co-ops across the United States. Our rankings were excellent once again.

Our prices are affordable and stable. Out of the 814 co-ops that participated in the survey, only 14 had residential rates lower than ours. Only 22 had lower non-residential rates. By keeping our electricity prices affordable and stable, we help keep your monthly energy costs more manageable.

Our service is reliable. Another measure in which we scored well is providing reliable service. In 2018, the largest contributor to outages for our customers was the Pacific Power transmission line that serves our substation in Odell. When there’s an outage on that line, we’re at the mercy of Pacific for repairs.

We are in the planning stages for a new transmission line and substation that we will own and maintain. This will help ensure we can continue to serve members reliably.

On behalf of all of us at HREC, thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Libby Calnon
General Manager