Steve Platt


Growth at the Port of Morrow and in the greater Hermiston area helped spur increased power sales for Umatilla Electric Cooperative in 2019.

The board released its annual report in April, after holding its annual membership meeting virtually because of COVID-19.

The cooperative saw an almost 20% increase in sales in 2019, and its operating revenue went from $126.5 million in 2018 to $151.5 million. For the first time, UEC sold 10 million kilowatt hours in a single day on June 10, only to top that record the next day.

“As our economy expanded in technology, transportation, farming and food processing, we delivered more than 3 billion kilowatt hours in our core mission of providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to our members,” a news release stated.

In its 2008 annual report, UEC reported that industrial customers made up 24.7% of its revenue. In 2018, that number was up to 64.2%. It rose again in 2019 to 69.5% of sales.

Even as UEC sold more power, it also helped customers become more energy efficient. According to the news release, during a two-year federal reporting period that ended in September 2019, UEC completed 450 projects saving more than 50 million kilowatt hours. It paid out more than $1 million in energy efficiency rebates.

The cooperative also completed new projects to expand capacity and reliability, including news transmission lines in the Hermiston and Boardman areas, rebuilding the Hermiston Butte Substation and doubling the capacity of the Hermiston East Substation built in 2017.

Three of the seven positions on UEC’s board of directors were up for reelection between March 28 and April 18.

Incumbent Glenn Rohde was unseated by Tom Pitzer, who will now represent District 5. Steve Platt survived a challenge by candidate Anne Livingston to continue representing District 6. John Otis will continue representing District 7 after a race against challenger Jim Voss.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of the 2019 report, email

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