While we wait for a formal investigation of the wildfires to take place we want to provide the following information to our members and the public.
Consumers Power prepared for the wind storm and extreme fire danger days in advance of the Labor Day event. On Labor Day morning, September 7th, we warned our members through our website and twitter feed of the dangers the storm would bring. We cooperated fully and worked closely with emergency management personnel throughout the event and continue to do so while carefully following our wildfire mitigation plan. We look forward to cooperating with the investigation to follow and are confident it will show that we took appropriate and timely action during the event.
Our thoughts are with our members, their families and the communities who have suffered terrible losses during this catastrophic event. While line crews are focused on building temporary facilities to quickly restore power throughout the affected areas, plans are already being formed to provide a more resilient permanent replacement for the original system.
For information on recovery resources please visit FEMA’s disaster relief website, disasterassistance.gov.
For information on wildfire updates please click below:
Beachie Creek Fire
CPI crews continue to work restoring power to members throughout our service territory. To see a map of the affected areas please click here.
Crews continue to operate under our fire mitigation plan concerning extreme fire conditions. We are cooperating with all government agencies and emergency services during this very fluid event.
Due to extreme fires in CPI’s service area evacuations have taken place east of Stayton along Highway 22. CPI is closely working with emergency services in this devastated area and will coordinate with all government agencies in restoring power as the fire get under control. All areas east of Mehema, excluding Idanha, do not have power at this time.
If your home or business has been directly impacted by the fires please contact us, 800-872-9036, for guidance on power restoration. Depending on the extent of damages a site visit and/or inspection may be necessary.
Click below for more information on these fires:
Beachie Creek Fire
We commend our employees for their tireless efforts and commitment, not only to their safety, but the safety of our members and communities in general. Safety is CPI’s number one priority. As a reminder please stay away from downed power lines.
CPI held our 81st annual meeting on September 12th. 55 members attended the event which was downsized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We required temperature checks, face coverings and social distancing and would like to thank our attending members for their cooperation during the meeting.
Elected to serve a three year term on the board of directors were Jerry Etzel-Zone 1, Eric Horning Zone-5 and Jim Gardner Zone-8. The bylaw changes were also over overwhelmingly approved by the membership.
For a copy of the CPI president’s, speech please click here.
Consumers Power is attempting to locate former members of the cooperative whose capital credit checks issued in 2016 and remain unclaimed. These checks are for members who received electric service from CPI in 1989.
The capital credit checks of these former members have been returned by the U.S. Post Office as “undeliverable” or have otherwise been unclaimed.
The last possible date to claim these funds is Monday, November 30, 2020, at 5 p.m. If these checks are not claimed by this date, the funds will be forfeited and can no longer be issued.
You can search the list of accounts either by name or by address at these links.
To claim a refund or submit questions about this notice or the lists, please contact Susan Faust at (541) 929-3124, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation develops in the United States and Oregon, we want our members to know that CPI is closely monitoring communications on this topic from local, state, and federal authorities and has a plan in place to keep the community and employees safe while maintaining reliable electric service.
To prevent the spread of coronavirus to our community and employees, CPI has closed our offices in Philomath and Lebanon to walk-in traffic. Public use of the community room at our Philomath office is also suspended until further notice.
Starting March 23rd many of our employees began working remotely, but all main business functions continue to operate normally. While some tasks may take slightly longer we’re doing everything in our power to make this situation as seamless as possible for our members.
Members will continue to be able to do business using our online and telephone options, or you may leave your payment in one of the locked drop boxes at both office locations. All member services, including outage restoration and bill payment, remain available at WWW.CPI.COOP, on our SmartHub app, or by calling 800-872-9036.
Rest assured that CPI will continue to provide safe and reliable power as we continue to navigate this health crisis.
If you have lost your job or income due to COVID-19 our partner organization, Community Services Consortium, might be able to help. They can help with rental and utility bill assistance. Please call them today to learn if you can qualify, 541-928-6335, email them at email@example.com, or visit them online at www.communityservices.us.
Severe and prolonged drought conditions throughout the Western U.S., especially in 2013 and 2014, have killed and continue to kill conifers. Dead trees such as these in and adjacent to powerline rights-of-way pose a direct hazard to electric service reliability and could be a fire ignition source.
To abate this hazard, we recommend that you have these trees cut down and removed. If you are unable to remove these trees CPI is willing to cut these trees down at no cost to you. The wood and brush would be left for your use or disposal. Should you choose not to remove these trees or have CPI cut them down, please be aware that you may be liable for resulting damages including, but not limited to, fire suppression costs, property damage, powerline repair, and cleanup costs.
CPI will be spending this year working throughout our service area identifying hazardous trees and working with members to remove them. Currently, CPI contracted crews are working in the Marys River Estates area. If you come across our crews please give them space to work so they can do their job safely. If you have any questions about their work or are interested in having us do an assessment of trees on your property please don’t hesitate to either give us a call at (800) 872-9036 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.