Issue #170, March 2019
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Ninth Substation to be Energized this Spring

We expect the Betsy Johnson Substation, located adjacent to the Scappoose Industrial Airpark, to begin serving customers this spring. 

The new substation will accommodate load growth in the Scappoose area and ensure that we are able to continue providing reliable service to Scappoose area customers. It will serve industrial customers near the airport and residential customers in North Scappoose and South Warren.

In addition to providing power in these areas, it will back up other substations for reliability purposes. This will allow us to reroute power to customers in the event that the Scappoose Substation or Tarbell Substation goes offline because of an outage or for maintenance. 

What Does a Substation Do?
Apprentice Lineman Jesse Hutchins and Journeyman Lineman Kurt Nasshahn build a switch at the Betsy Johnson Substation.

A transformer inside our substation takes high-voltage electricity from transmission lines, reduces it to a lower voltage, and then sends it onto the distribution lines that run through our service area. 

In our service area, adjoining substations are linked together. If one substation is affected by an outage or is taken out of service for maintenance, its customers can be served by another substation with little or no interruption in service.

A single substation can serve thousands of homes and businesses.

New Rebate Available for Electric Vehicle Chargers

Do you have an electric vehicle? You may be eligible for a $50 PUD rebate.

We are introducing a new rebate for customers who have a Level 2 electric vehicle charger. The charger must be 240V or higher, and must be installed at the address of a current Columbia River PUD customer.

Contact Energy Services Supervisor Tim Lammers by email or at (503) 397-8155 to learn more. 

Simplify Your Billing Options

Would you like to trim your to-do list or reduce the amount of mail coming to your home? We can help.

Enroll in our Auto Pay program to have your electric bill automatically deducted from your bank account each month.

Sign up for Paperless Billing to receive an email when your statement is ready rather than having a bill sent to your mailbox.

See Us at The Home and Garden Show

Visit our booth at the 2019 Chronicle Home & Garden Show at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

Our Chevy Bolt electric vehicle (EV) will be on display. We will have information available for your EV questions.

The Home & Garden Show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 7. Tickets are available for free at The Chronicle office in St. Helens, Don's Rental, and InRoads Credit Union. They are also available at the door for $3 apiece.

Budget Pay Amounts Adjusted this Month

If you are enrolled in our Budget Pay plan, you may see a change in your bill this month. 

Every 12 months, we review your usage over the past year to set your average monthly bill for the upcoming year. We do this in March. 

If you are not enrolled in the Budget Pay program, learn how you can pay the same amount for your electric bill each month. 

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