An Oregon utility’s unique model for supporting clean energy goals 

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An Oregon utility’s unique model for supporting clean energy goals Sarah Golden Fri, 03/19/2021 – 01:00 Want more great analysis of the clean energy transition? Sign up for Energy Weekly , our free email newsletter. Portland General Electric (PGE) in Oregon manages a two-year-old program it hopes will accelerate the speed of renewable deployment in the state. The Wy’East Solar Project in Oregon.

2013: A Landmark Year For Clean Energy; Twilight for Coal

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As you reflect on your year, remember 2013 as a momentous year for clean energy. Installation of renewable energy capacity outpaced coal, oil, and nuclear growth combined. And over 200,000 people submitted comments to curb coal pollution and invest in clean energy. record-setting percentage of energy generation from wind in Colorado in May. Coal Energy Solutions Health International

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Clean Energy State Rankings — Sightline Daily - Northwest News.

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Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Clean Energy State Rankings Posted by Eric de Place 12/22/2010 12:15 PM How does the Northwest stack up? Ive been trying to get a handle on how the Northwest states really fare when it comes to clean energy. Is it true that Oregon and Washington are leaders, or is it just a story we tell ourselves? Energy efficiency. Renewable energy.

Clean Energy Summit Highlights Nevada's Energy Shift

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One year ago at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, Senator Harry Reid joined the Moapa Band of Paiutes in calling for the retirement of the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant. At this year's summit, the message wasn't just about celebrating its retirement, but also reaffirming the state's momentum in becoming a clean-energy leader.  Now the focus is on solar energy's massive potential. What a difference a year makes.

David Keeps Winning: Game-Changing Month for Clean Energy

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That's the word I've been repeating over and over this month, as news has rolled in of one clean energy victory after another. These are David and Goliath campaigns, led by community groups fighting for the health of their families, for clean air and water, and for a safe climate. Over and over, against all odds, from the deep South to the Oregon coast and everywhere in between, David keeps winning.

The New Oregon Carbon Tax Report is Out

Sightline Daily

Last year, Portland State University (PSU) gave the Oregon legislature a teaser about how to face those problems with a carbon tax. The new and expanded analysis concludes that charging carbon polluters would cut pollution and it could create jobs and raise wages, if Oregon spends the money right. Knowing that the price to pollute is slowly rising over time gives dirty energy producers the time and the motivation to start investing in clean energy.

Everything Oregon Legislators Need To Know About Stopping Climate Pollution

Sightline Daily

You have seven minutes to tell Oregon legislators everything they need to know about stopping climate pollution. That was my task last week when testifying at an Oregon Senate informational hearing about two bills that would stop the free lunch for climate polluters in Oregon—see the video of my testimony below. I used my time to make the following points: Oregon is not alone. Oregon could do the same. Quick!

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Energy efficient window inserts by Indow Windows keep you warm

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Award winning Portland, Oregon window inserts create comfort and energy savings (Portland, OR) — People are always either preparing their homes for summer, fall and winter. So Indow Window thermal inserts keep the warmth inside to create comfort and energy efficiency.

Oregon has a climate law implementation problem. HB 3470 has an answer.

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Oregon is facing a similar dilemma: the Beaver state has had climate change pollution goals in law for eight years, but doesn’t have a mechanism to meet the legal pollution limits. Oregon House Bill 3470 —the Climate Stability & Justice Act of 2015—would create the framework to fairly and cost-effectively phase out fossil fuels. Oregon could do its part by attaining it’s current goal of reaching 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

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Massive Grassroots Oregon Turnout Delivers Another Big Coal Setback

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Oregon is known for its natural beauty. Last week, after 450 people gathered at the Oregon state capitol to protest the prospect of countless tons of coal  being shipped by train through their communities, the state Department of State Lands announced a five-month delay in deciding on a dredging project to construct a coal export terminal that would send nearly 9 millions of tons of coal each year from Montana, through eastern Oregon, and along the Columbia River for export.

The Oil Industry’s California Playbook

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After millions of dollars of furious Big Oil lobbying , legislators dropped the petroleum requirement from the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act (SB 350). While the bill’s other monumental goals of increasing building efficiency by 50 percent and increasing renewables’ share of the state’s energy to 50 percent remain intact, the oil lobby won this battle. ” Here in the Northwest, Oregon and Washington are both looking to put a price on carbon pollution.

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Community solar, urban trees and the digitization of employee engagement

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“Many employees want to live out their personal values at work and are asking for these programs,” said Richard Keiser, CEO and founder of community solar company Common Energy, during the GreenBiz webcast last week about engaging employees in sustainability. In aggregate, Common Energy has 70 projects across nine states, according to the press release about the initiative. One of Common Energy community solar projects.

Which cities are the most sustainable? WalletHub releases Top 100 Greenest US Cities 2019

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Some of the key factors surveyed were greenhouse gas emissions per capita, green job opportunities per capita, smart energy policies and clean initiatives. Related: 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard reveals leading states in clean energy adoption What is green living, though? There is, after all, increasing demand for coordination around land conservation, local agriculture, renewable energy and waste reduction. Portland, Oregon 10.

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Big Coal's Stocking Is Full of Coal - Compass

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Big Coal is on Santa's naughty list and faces massive opposition in the Pacific Northwest after trying to force through its coal export plan up and down the Washington and Oregon coast. " The Beyond Coal campaign and its coalition leaders raised the standard for what can be done to mobilize against dirty energy. Together, they and we will win a crucial victory to stem climate disruption and build out a clean energy economy rather than a filthy coal export scheme."

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How the Oil Industry Will Try to Kill Carbon Pricing

Sightline Daily

As Oregon and Washington contemplate a carbon tax or carbon cap , the oil industry is revving the engines for an astro-turf scare campaign here. As Oregon and Washington start thinking about holding them accountable, the oil lobby is turning its scare machine our way. The price tag for clean air—maybe a few cents a gallon—was lost in the noise of gas prices that rise and fall ten times that amount every few months.

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What If Polluters Paid and You Got the Money?

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The Oregon legislature is considering two bills that would take us there. Northeast states and California invest in energy efficiency and transportation. Two Oregon bills contemplate mailing out dividend checks. If Oregon passed a polluters-pay-plus-dividend bill, the air would no longer be a free dumping ground for pollution, clean energy would be on an even playing field with fossil fuels, and each Oregonian would get a check for $500-$1,500 every year.

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10 Key Takeaways from BC’s Polluters-Pay Model

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Jealous decision-makers down here in Oregon and Washington might be asking “Yes, but how how did they start taxing pollution and helping businesses and residents? Clean Energy Canada set out to answer your anguished questions by interviewing 13 of the architects of British Columbia’s carbon tax. Hear that, Oregon and Washington? Advice for Oregon and Washington: keep it simple, fair, and resist pressure to create unwarranted loopholes.

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Myths and Facts about Capping Climate Change Pollution

Sightline Daily

Author’s note: Some folks in the Oregon legislature have been fretting about falsehoods lately. Climate models predict that, without urgent action, the Oregon drought could morph into something like the California mega-drought. Don’t let false rumors—often circulated by entrenched fossil fuel interests tying to protect their profits—trip Oregon up on the path to clean energy. It works like this: Oregon sets a path for reducing pollution.

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How much do we spend on fossil fuels?

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Here’s where your money actually goes: If you live in Oregon, you spend around $1,300 per year on K-12 education and around $2,800 per year on fossil fuels. Despite these benefits, both Oregon and Washington spend less than the national average per K-12 student. Two-thirds to three-quarters of the price of fossil fuels pays for the raw resources—crude oil, coal, and natural gas—but neither Oregon nor Washington produce any fossil fuels, so all that money goes elsewhere.

VIDEO: The Pacific Northwest Can End the Free Lunch for Carbon Polluters

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This is the first in a series of short videos about how the Pacific Northwest can use a carbon price to protect our communities and accelerate our transition to clean energy. Washington and Oregon can play a leadership role holding polluters accountable as part of a West Coast block for climate action. Climate & Energy Carbon pricing Climage Change Have you ever tried to briefly explain to someone why we need to hold carbon polluters accountable?

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Human Propelled Energy: Right Under Our Nose

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Human Propelled Energy: Right Under Our Nose. Although humans still struggle to create, embrace and utilize clean energy it remains an uphill battle when special interest groups worry more about the bottom line than the health of our planet. Human propelled energy is the ability to harness energy that comes from human activity without impeding humans in any way. Below are a few examples of what may transpire into another clean energy player.

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Indiana Jones and the Clean Power Rule

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The proposed US Clean Power Rule puts Oregon and Washington, along with other Western states, on a ledge, too. Oregon and Washington are on a quest to meet their own self-imposed climate targets, but the federal rule seems to lead them astray, requiring different goals and tangential negotiations that will sap their energy and make it harder for them to reach their goal. It can also carry the West to a clean energy economy. Energy Jobs.

David Keeps Winning: 10 Recent Victories That Will Give You Hope for the Planet

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That's the word I repeated over and over this summer, as news rolled in of one clean energy victory after another. These are David and Goliath campaigns, led by community groups fighting for the health of their families, for clean air and water, and for a safe climate. Over and over, against all odds, from the deep South to Oregon and everywhere in between, David keeps winning. These 10 recent clean energy victories will give you hope for the planet.

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Northwest Fossil Fuel Exports: New Sightline Report for Canada

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Across British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington there are active proposals for seven new or expanded coal terminals, three new oil pipelines, and six new natural gas pipelines. The Northwest enjoys a reputation for leadership in clean energy and environmental policy. Climate & Energy In British Columbia’s provincial elections yesterday, the right-of-center Liberal party pulled off an astonishing upset to hang onto power.

March Calls for Expansion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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This past Saturday hundreds of tribal leaders, clean energy supporters, and faith leaders from across the southwest joined the Moapa Band of Paiutes for a 16-mile "Coal to Clean Energy Walk." The march came on the heels of NV Energy announcing plans to retire its coal plants and stop drawing power from Arizona''s Navajo Generating Station. NV Energy moving to close the coal plant is the result of countless families coming together to demand change.

Governors Applaud New EPA Carbon Pollution Safeguards

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (Photo: Office of Governor Patrick)   From New Hampshire to California to Hawai’i to Montana, Governors across the country are applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever standards to clean up climate disruption carbon pollution. While standards exist to curb mercury, soot and smog, never before has the United States taken a stand to limit the amount of carbon pollution that power plants pump into our clean air, despite the risks.

Three Things to Know About CarbonWA’s Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax

Sightline Daily

A $25 per ton carbon tax plus a lower sales tax would mean most Washington families would spend a few hundred dollars more in energy prices and would save a few hundred dollars on sales tax. By taxing pollution instead of commerce, Washington could spur the transition to clean energy at no cost to most Washingtonian taxpayers. By making polluters pay the true costs of pollution, the carbon tax would spur Washington’s transition to clean energy.

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All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map

Sightline Daily

Oregon and Washington leaders are contemplating turbocharging their clean energy transition by instituting carbon pricing here in the Pacific Northwest. And when China’s national program starts in 2016 , almost a quarter of global GHG pollution will carry a price tag to speed the changeover to clean energy. For now, though, a price starting around $30 per ton would put Oregon or Washington in line with other programs and close to the economist-approved price. (3)

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Cap and Trade—In 3 Pictures

Sightline Daily

Right now, far-reaching climate and energy policy is back in the news, this time at the state level on the West coast where California has an established cap and trade system, Oregon and Washington are thinking seriously about putting a limit on climate pollution, and British Columbia has a successful carbon tax shift in place. The time is right to deploy the most compelling illustrations of how smart climate and energy policy works for people and our economy.

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Great Climate News from the Pacific Coast

Sierra Club Compass

The governors of California, Washington, and Oregon worked with the Premier of British Columbia to combat climate disruption by setting a price and standards for greenhouse gas emissions and outlining initiatives to invest in clean energy and infrastructure. Currently, California and British Columbia already put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, and through this pact Washington and Oregon will follow suit.  Climate history has been made again.

Five Things Northwest States Should Know About the Federal Clean Power Plan

Sightline Daily

Last fall I described how President Obama’s draft federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) gave Oregon and Washington a chance to leap into a clean energy future. The CPP is a carbon-pricing powerhouse: it gives Oregon and Washington’s governors authority, even without legislative action, to price carbon pollution and to join other states in a regional or national price on electric power sector pollution. Sunrise in Portland by Dave Gates used under CC BY 2.0

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Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal

Sightline Daily

We at Sightline are always saying that a well-designed program can hold polluters accountable while transitioning the Pacific Northwest to a clean and prosperous future. The best uses of carbon revenue are investments that help spur the transition to a clean energy economy, that help low-income people pay increased energy prices in the short term, and that grow the middle class. Making polluters pay will put wind in the sails of Washington’s clean energy efforts.

Four Charts Show Carbon Pollution Accountability Act is Still Awesome

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It’s still the same pollution-cutting, clean-energy-spurring bill you know and love, but the new numbers show it will send even more money to Washington public schools, and it will also grow jobs. Less pollution, more clean energy, better schools, and more jobs. In the first year of the pollution program, 2016, the lowest income households would pay about $144 per year more for fossil fuel energy.

Four Carbon Cap-Tax Hybrids

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A tax and a cap are just different vehicles for delivering the same thing: a carbon price that holds polluters responsible for their pollution, drives the transition to clean energy, and staves off the worst risks of climate volatility. Could Oregon and Washington create a cap-tax hybrid that is custom-made for the Pacific Northwest’s unique circumstances, culture, and economy? Motivates clean energy investments because businesses know the price will continue.

Big Coal Profits Off Taxpayers While Pushing Exports that No One Wants

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Thousands upon thousands of families in communities across Washington and Oregon have made it loud and clear that they don't want miles-long coal trains snaking through their neighborhoods and polluting their cities and crops. They know that a clean-energy future will do more for local jobs, public health, and the climate crisis. Coal Consequences Dirty Fuels Energy Solutions International

Why Price Carbon—Can’t We Just Regulate It?

Sightline Daily

Oregon and Washington have already set legally binding limits on the climate-changing gas. But what if Oregon and Washington’s lawmakers fail to insert sharp incisors in their beyond-carbon rules? Oregon might do the same, for its own revenue reasons. Such taxes would nudge the states’ economies toward a clean-energy transition, it’s true, but they would not guarantee that emissions drop to the statutory goals.

Poll: Northwest Takes to the Wind (Mill) — Sightline Daily.

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Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Special Series Word on the Street 66 In a Series Poll: Northwest Takes to the Wind (Mill) Posted by Anna Fahey 01/25/2011 09:45 AM Recent poll shows support for wind energy among urban and rural voters in the Northwest. Here’s a quick note on recent polling about wind energy among Northwest voters. Skip to content.

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Best Ways to Finance Solar Panels

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The other factor to consider is that, as the system owner, you will be responsible for cleaning, maintenance and any replacement parts that may be needed. Solar energy loan. Energy Mortgages. There are two kinds of energy mortgages: Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) are for homebuyers looking to purchase homes that are already energy efficient, and allow them to qualify for bigger loans to further upgrade their energy efficiency. Solar Energy

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A Carbon Pollution Policy with All the Fixin’s

Sightline Daily

In Oregon and Washington, we want the full dinner. For example, by putting all our gadgets and lights on an energy diet we can chop down pollution while also saving cold hard cash. New shell improvements” means insulating new buildings better so they use less energy for heating and cooling. Another example of split incentives: TV set-top boxes (the box that funnels cable or Netflix into your TV) use almost as much energy when they are off as when they are on.

The Washington Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce Report is Out

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Governor Inslee toured energy storage systems company UniEnergy Technologies and met with staff. Washington could invest carbon revenue in clean energy and transportation options for a smooth transition to a post-carbon economy. Shift investments away from pollution and towards clean solutions. Related Stories Four Carbon Cap-Tax Hybrids All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map Event: Will a Carbon Tax Fly in Oregon?

The "Electrifying Movement" that Continues to Fight Coal Exports

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I was floored and inspired to see the sea of red shirts marking the hundreds upon hundreds of clean energy supporters attending and speaking out at the hearing. A coal export terminal is proposed for Oregon as well, and opposition there is just as strong. And their leaders are listening - this week the governors of Washington, Oregon, and California, along with the premier of British Columbia, signed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate disruption.

The Thin Green Line Is Stopping Coal and Oil in Their Tracks

Sightline Daily

“Everybody outside the Northwest thinks that’s where energy projects go to die.” ” “Everybody outside the Northwest thinks that’s where energy projects go to die.” The Cascadia region has proven to be extraordinarily challenging for those who would turn it into a major carbon energy export hub—so much so that Sightline has taken to calling it the Thin Green Line. Big energy projects have faced delays, uncertainty, mounting costs…and then failure.

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Big in 2021: American jobs created by EV companies

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Likewise, Daimler Trucks North America has been converting and expanding its factory to make electric trucks at its Swan Island headquarters in North Portland, Oregon. Jennifer Granholm as his energy department secretary.