Kate Brown on Energy & Oil
Wean Oregon off coal and boost renewable sources
Oregon's most consequential energy bill in decades--a nationally ambitious plan to wean the state off coal and boost renewable sources--has become law. Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1547, handing Democrats a coveted political victory that comes
despite lingering concerns the legislation might raise costs for utility customers.
The measure requires Oregon's two largest utilities, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, to stop paying for out-of-state coal power by 2030.
It also says utilities must serve half their customers' demand with renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2040.
"Knowing how important it is to Oregonians to act on climate change, a wide range of stakeholders came to the table around
Oregonians' investments in coal and renewable energy," Brown said in a statement. "I'm proud to sign a bill that moves Oregon forward, together with the shared values of current and future generations."
Source: The Oregonian on voting record on Senate Bill 1547
, Mar 10, 2016
Angered environmentalists via compromise transportation bill
Julian Bell told the Eugene Weekly newspaper that Brown was too quiet on environmental action. The environment could be a sensitive topic for Brown. The governor signed a controversial clean fuel standard into law before working to replace the
program in hopes of salvaging a transportation funding package, something that drew the ire of environmental advocates. She has also an occasional target of protesters hoping she'll shut down plans for liquefied natural gas terminals in Oregon.
Source: The Oregonian on 2016 Oregon gubernatorial race
, Oct 15, 2015
Clean fuel bill critical; we are seeing a warming planet
I strongly support SB 324's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is difficult to deny that we are seeing the effects of a warming planet. This year, 85 percent of our state is experiencing drought, with 33 percent experiencing extreme drought.
This directly impacts 1.5 million Oregonians, hitting our rural communities the hardest.
Legislative Summary: Repeals sunset on provisions related to low carbon fuel standards. Allows reinstating requirements to comply with low carbon
fuel standards. Extends target date for meeting certain emission goals under phased implementation of low carbon fuel standards. Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules for managing and containing costs of
compliance with low carbon fuel standards. Prohibits fuels that contain biodiesel from being considered alternative fuels unless certain standards are met. Adds certain exemptions to low carbon fuel standards. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Source: Oregon.gov press release on SB324 legislative voting record
, Mar 12, 2015
Require 1.5% solar energy technology in public construction
Excerpts from Oregon state legislative records for HB 2620:
- Provides that public improvement contracts for construction or major renovation of public buildings are must contain at least
1.5% of total contract price for inclusion of appropriate solar energy technology.
Requires State Department of Energy to report in 2009 and 2011 on use of solar energy technology in construction, reconstruction or major renovation of public buildings.
Status:Passed Senate, 24-6-0; passed House 41-17-2; Signed by the Governor 6/11/2007 (Senator Brown voted YEA).
Source: Oregon legislative voting records: HB 2620
, May 29, 2007
Page last updated: Jul 19, 2017