[Oeva-list] thoughts wanted--EVs and renewable energy / global warming

Gary Graunke gary at whitecape.org
Wed Apr 25 20:41:22 PDT 2007


I've been asked to give 3 minutes of testimony regarding current 
legislation that is being considered in Salem. Since we all appreciate 
the environment benefits of EV (regular emissions as well as greenhouse 
gases), we should be able to contribute when transportation (38% of 
Oregon's CO2 emissions) is considered in the future. However, for now 
the legislature is focused on electric power generation (42% of CO2).

So your comments on the relationship between clean electric power and 
EV's, or why cleaner electric generation is helpful to the 
transportation solution, etc, are welcome! Brief points to consider, 
pointers to references, or cute pictures for a presentation are most 

I've attached a brief description of the legislation.

Now back to reading "How to get your point across in 30 seconds--or 


*Public Hearing on **Oregon** Global Warming Legislation*

*Scheduled for April 25 (**1-3 pm**)*

*And April 27 (**1-3pm**)*

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*Backgrounder on Legislation*

Oregon is already feeling the economic and environmental impacts of 
global warming: changing weather patterns, less snowpack, a dead zone 
off of the Oregon coast and negative impacts on fish habitat.

Governor Kulongoski convened a multi-stakeholder advisory group system – 
including representatives from utilities, business, academia, and 
environmental organizations – which delivered consensus based 
recommendations on a strategy and plan for Oregon to take action to slow 
global warming. In 2005, the Governor’s Global Warming Advisory Group 
released the /Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions/, which 
prioritizes the steps for Oregon to cut its carbon emissions. These 
priority recommendations have now been incorporated into legislation and 
lay out a comprehensive global warming policy for Oregon.

*The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the House 
Energy and the Environment Committee will hold a joint public hearing on 
these bills on Wednesday, April 25 from **1-3 pm**, and Friday, April 
27^ from **1-3pm**.*

* *

*We encourage people to attend this hearing to demonstrate your support 
for **Oregon** to show leadership in solving the global warming problem. 
Legislators need to hear from you that global warming requires state 
action and solutions today. There will also be an opportunity for 
members of the public to testify at this hearing. *

*/1. Climate Change Integration Act, HB 3543/*

This bill establishes interim and longer term science-based goals for 
statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and provides for the 
coordination and implementation of strong global warming mitigation and 
adaptation measures in Oregon. The goals are:

a) By 2010, arrest the growth of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions and 
begin to reduce emissions;

b) By 2020, achieve a 10% reduction below 1990 greenhouse gas levels; and

c) By 2050, achieve at least 75% reduction below 1990 levels.

The legislation would also:

   1. Create the Oregon Global Warming Advisory Commission to help
      coordinate inter-agency strategies to meet the states’ carbon
      emission goals;
   2. Establish a reporting and tracking system for greenhouse gas
   3. Require the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to consider
      environmental impacts, including those of global warming, during
      rate-making and generation resource decisions; and
   4. Create the Climate Change Research Institute, a multi-discipline
      academic institution staffed and run by Oregon’s university system
      to monitor progress of global climate change, research projected
      impacts and mitigation options for Oregon, and offer technical
      assistance to state and local governments whose activities will be
      impacted by global warming.

*/2. Power Plant Performance Standard (HB2859/SB705)/*

The goal of this bill is to encourage low-carbon energy development and 
minimize risks to consumers who could be subject to higher energy costs 
as the cost of reducing or offsetting carbon emissions becomes more 
expensive in the future. This bill requires that any new, long-term 
financial investment for base-load generation by a large user of 
electricity must produce greenhouse gas emissions equal to or less than 
those produced by a combined cycle natural gas power plant. This 
requirement would be applied to both in-state and out-of-state 
purchases, regardless of fuel source. It would also require both the 
Oregon Department of Energy and the Oregon PUC to adopt regulations to 
enforce and implement the standard.

*/3. Carbon Cap and Trade System (HB3545)/*

This bill would create a market based tool to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse 
gas emissions by establishing a regulatory structure for Oregon’s 
electricity and fossil fuel (non-vehicle) consumers. A cap and trade 
approach allows energy providers to select the most cost effective tools 
for reducing emissions, including allowing for trading with others who 
can capture and reduce carbon at a lower cost. The key elements of this 
tool are as follows:

1. It establishes a clear, predictable long-term emissions cap for all 
significant carbon emitters. The cap would align with Oregon’s overall 
greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (setting a base period of 
2002-2006 emissions and requiring gradual reductions to reach the above 
mentioned goal of reducing emissions levels by 10% below 1990 levels by 

2. It allows for flexibility, such as the ability to “bank” allowances 
and carry them forward, to use carbon offsets and Renewable Energy 
Certificates for partial compliance, and special considerations for 
small consumer-owned utilities that have less market power.

3. A “load-based” approach is used to ensure that all energy consumed – 
whether from in-state or imported supplies – is subject to the cap. A 
utility will report the emissions from all energy sources that serve 
Oregon, and those overall emissions must decline over time.

4. It requires the Oregon Public Utilities Commission to consider 
Investor Owned Utilities’ requirements to comply with a CO2 cap in its 
rate making decisions and integrated resource plan acknowledgements.

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