Act now to access limited time, money saving opportunities to lower your energy bills, improve air quality and comfort, and keep yourself and your family safe during a power outage. View time limited energy incentives and opportunities here and stay up to date on these and other opportunities by joining the Hood River County Energy Council update list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
Why should I consider power outages when I consider energy equipment?
The Columbia River Gorge is susceptible to an array of events ranging from ice storms and wildfires to a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction earthquake that threaten power outages and fuel shortages lasting from hours to weeks. In 2019, utility shutoffs were added to the list, as Pacific Power announced fire mitigation plans that could result in multi-day power shutoff to portions of Hood River and Wasco counties when certain weather conditions are met.
Meanwhile, energy technologies and habits offer unprecedented opportunities to mitigate power outages, reduce long term energy costs, keep dollars local and create a healthier environment. Weatherization measures and efficient technologies reduce energy burden and help maintain livable temperatures for longer in outages and severe weather. Solar paired with battery storage can reduce impacts of power outages by maintaining power for critical activities. They don’t require refueling or create toxic air pollutants that are dangerous to your health and can reduce energy costs in normal conditions. Learn more about resilient energy here and solar and storage here.