Reforming Our Utilities

Nick leads Portland's two public utilities - the City's Bureau of Environmental Services and Water Bureau. He has been working hard to restore trust with ratepayers, to stabilize rates, and to deliver basic services at a fair price. 

  • Nick is prioritizing basic services to fix our aging pipes and keep our systems reliable.
  • Nick is working to expand financial assistance to help renters, families, and older adults afford their utility bills.
  • Nick is working with community partners like Friends of Trees to expand our urban tree canopy.
  • Nick is helping Portland prepare for a major earthquake – the "Big One" – by burying our reservoirs and building a new, secure water pipe under the Willamette River.
  • Nick gave ratepayers a stronger voice by establishing the Portland Utility Board and forging a one-of-a-kind partnership with the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon.
  • Nick led the campaign to prevent the hostile takeover of our public utilities by big polluters in 2014.

Nick inherited our utilities in a time of crisis. He has worked tirelessly to rebuild community trust by providing high-quality services at a fair price.
— Dwight Holton, Chair, Utility Blue Ribbon Commission