I have two topics to share this month.
First, it is wildfire season. To reduce the risk of fires caused by power lines, we have begun using more sensitive settings on equipment designed to disrupt power if there is a fault on the lines. Because of this, some members may notice brief disruptions more frequently for the next few months. If your power blinks off and back on, you don’t need to report it to us. But if it shuts off and stays off, please report it to us at (541) 354-1233.
We understand power interruptions are a nuisance, but we also have an obligation to protect the community from the risk of a fault on our lines that could result in a fire. The sensitive settings on equipment are one component of our comprehensive wildfire mitigation program, which also includes clearing vegetation from power line rights-of-way and moving high-risk overhead lines to underground.
Second, we are pleased to share with you that we have a new name and logo. Beginning this month, you will see us refer to ourselves as Hood River Electric & Internet Co-op in our communications with you. This new name and logo reflect the services we provide to you, our members.
Why did we make this change? Hood River Electric Cooperative began providing electric service to members in 1945. We began providing internet service via Communications Access Cooperative Holding Enterprise in 2005. In 2020, the two companies merged, and we began offering both electric and internet service through one consolidated company, which kept the Hood River Electric Cooperative name. The new name helps everyone understand we provide both electric and internet services.
We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve you. I wish you a safe and happy summer.