Climate Action in Oregon
Oregonians are problem-solvers for the environment. We value our high quality of life and we work to protect it.
Right now, our quality of life, our economy and the future for our children and grandchildren are all threatened by a destabilizing climate. We cannot risk Oregon’s future by waiting for Congress to act. We cannot lose the opportunity to innovate and protect our way of life, or to be proactive in the face of climate change. We must build on Oregon’s successes and deepen our commitment to using fewer fossil fuels and less electricity while investing in homegrown resources and technologies that create jobs for Oregonians.
2013 Legislative Wrap-Up . . . and on to 2014
Senate Bill 242: One of Oregon’s foundation climate policies is the Emissions Performance Standard (EPS), a law passed in 2009 that limits new commitments to coal generation by Oregon utilities.
Climate Solutions and our allies wanted to ensure this law
was implemented in the way it was intended. Senate Bill 242 clarifies that the
EPS applies to energy generation located both in state and from outside of
Oregon, while also providing certainty sought by utilities about the kinds of
resources they can rely on going forward.
Senate Bill 692:
This bill –a priority of the Oregon Conservation
Network – implements new energy efficiency standards for appliances,
including televisions, battery chargers and some lighting fixtures.
House Bill 2801: House Bill 2801 is a step toward achieving more energy efficiency from buildings in Oregon. It provides building owners greater flexibility to invest in multiple energy savings options within their building over time and to calculate the cost effectiveness of those measures at the whole building level. The bill also provides direction on who can conduct home energy assessments and ensures proper training and credentials for professionals who create energy performance scores for homes.
Senate Bill 306: “Clean Air Tax” study bill. Legislators rightly recognized that Oregon needs more revenue solutions and passed SB 306 to look at how a carbon tax would work for Oregon. Preliminary results from the Legislative Revenue Office will be provided by the end of 2013 with a complete study due prior to the 2015 session.
But the Legislature missed a huge opportunity by failing to pass SB 488, a bill that would have lifted the sunset of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. This law would reduce the carbon content of Oregon’s transportation fuels by 10 percent within 10 years is essential if Oregon is going to meet its climate goals. This issue will be back before the legislature again next year.
Oregon’s legislature will be back for “legislative days” in both mid-September and mid-November, planning for the short 2014 session. Stay tuned here for more details about Climate solutions legislative priorities.
Power Past Coal in Oregon
Coal export threatens the health, public safety and economic vitality of our communities.
Add your voice to the thousands of others saying "NO" to coal export. We can do better.