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    About PUDs & Public Power

    PUD Service Area

    Columbia River PUD serves about 19,000 electric meters in Columbia County, Oregon, and in northern Multnomah County

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    PUD History

    Sixty-five Columbia County residents initiated formation of Columbia River PUD at Beaver Homes Grange Hall on November 18, 1939.

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    PUDs in Oregon

    PUDs, or people's utility districts, are special districts like fire districts or school districts. They provide electric service at cost-based rates. A five-member board of directors, elected by voters within the PUD's political boundaries, sets rates and policies.

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    Benefits of Public Power

    As a community-owned utility, the PUD is part of a public power family that also includes electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Learn some of the differences between community-owned and investor-owned utilities.

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