February 23, 2021
As Oregon faces more extreme weather, what can the state do to keep the lights on?
Think Out Loud, OPB – Elizabeth Castillo, Interview by Dave Miller

Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians were left without power last week due to ice, snow and fallen trees. As severe weather becomes more common, experts say that these types of power outages will too. We hear from Robert McCullough, an energy consultant in Portland, about what needs to change to make Oregon’s power grid more resilient.

February 23, 2021
‘I can’t afford this’ – Variable rate electricity customers in disbelief at massive power bills after winter storm
KHOU – Anastasiya Bolton

“We regulate safety,” McCullough said. “We don’t say you can take a cheaper airplane, but it may fall out of the sky. The right answer is we need a mandated reliability level for the state like all of the surrounding states. In order to meet that, you have to guarantee your equipment is fit to operate.”