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RNP Press Release
March 1, 1999

Joint statement of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Renewable Northwest Project, Oregon HEAT, and the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies in response to the Scottish Power/PacifiCorp filing with the OPUC

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), Oregon HEAT, and the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies (LAW Fund) have initially reviewed the testimony filed Friday by Scottish Power/PacifiCorp in the merger proceeding before the Oregon Public Utility Commission. While none of these organizations has yet taken a position for or against the merger, we are encouraged by many of the consumer and environmental proposals contained in the testimony.
 
Specifically, we are heartened by the commitment of Scottish Power to: 1) Invest in 50 MW of additional renewable resources over the next five years; 2) Offer a renewable product to all customers in their service territories; 3) Double PacifiCorp's current investment in low-income weatherization and bill assistance across their service territories; 4) Implement standards and guarantees for important customer services; and 5) Integrate environmental and consumer priorities at the top level of the company's operations.
 
We value Scottish Power's inclusion of these and other specific consumer and environmental proposals in its filing with the Commission, and we appreciate its approach to our community. There are other issues we look forward to addressing, such as additional energy conservation commitments, as the proceeding unfolds. We look forward to learning more about their plan and to working with Scottish Power and the other parties to this filing.
 
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For more information contact:
Ralph Cavanagh, NRDC, (415) 777-0220
Rachel Shimshak, RNP, (503) 223-4544
Jay Formick, Oregon HEAT, (503) 612-3790
Eric Blank, LAW Fund, (303) 444 1188

 
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