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To watch the one hour webinar, click here.The Green Energy Institute (GEI) and Earthjustice celebrate victory while representing climate, environmental justice, and community-led social justice organizations in proceeding by Oregon regulators reviewing NW Natural’s request to raise gas bills.
While Oregon has made significant progress, the state is not on track to achieve its climate targets. GEI has developed an economy-wide climate policy roadmap for Oregon that identifies a suite of laws and policies that will enable the state to achieve its climate goals in an equitable and economical manner.
It includes key policies for reducing transportation sector emissions, reducing electricity sector emissions, building emissions, industrial sector emissions, and cross-sector emissions.
Drafted by Amy Schlusser and Caroline Cilek, the report “is intended to reflect a balanced climate policy approach that is ambitious, cost-effective, equitable, and achievable.”
To view the full suite of policies included in our decarbonization policy pathway, we encourage readers to explore our pathway within the EPS model. Energy Policy Solutions, GEI Oregon Decarbonization Policy Pathway,https://oregon.energypolicy.solutions/scenarios/run?locale=en&id=xjggfr3z. The link will launch the Oregon EPS and download the GEI pathway.
Professor Melissa Powers is recognized by peers as preeminent in the field of environmental law.
GEI Staff Attorney Carra Sahler partnered with Earthjustice attorneys to represent a coalition of environmental and community-based organizations who intervened to challenge NW Natural’s proposed general rate revision.
With the transportation sector rapidly shifting to electric vehicles, pressure is increasing in many states to reduce reliance on gas tax revenues as the primary source of highway funding. This impetus is particularly pronounced in Oregon, where the state’s reliance on gas taxes conflicts with the state’s ambitious climate goals. Unfortunately, Oregon’s constitution constrains the state’s authority to raise and spend motor vehicle-related revenues. GEI’s Building Bridges report provides a comprehensive analysis of article IX, section 3a of the Oregon Constitution and the restrictions it places on raising and using highway funds. The report explains how Oregon’s constitutional restrictions limit available pathways to raise revenue to advance equitable transportation decarbonization and respond to shifting transportation needs in Oregon. The report also provides a detailed legal analysis of the Oregon Supreme Court’s interpretations of the constitutional restrictions on and permissible uses of highway funds.
GEI Celebrates New Modeling Tool That Makes Evaluation of Climate Action Strategies Accessible to All
Thanks to the new Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) released by Energy Innovation, Oregon now has an incredibly useful modeling tool for policymakers to compare the outcomes and impacts from a wide variety of climate and energy policies. Try the tool here!To watch the hour presentation, click here.
Amy Schlusser JD ’13 LLM ’14 is named as commissioner with the influential state environmental body that oversees the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).To watch the one hour presentation, click here.To watch the one hour and ten minute presentation, click here.To watch the one hour session, click here.Watch the hour webinar here.
Past EventsNovember 17, 2022
Join Green Energy Institute Staff Attorney, Carra Sahler as she moderates a panel via Zoom on how we may see the IRA used in ways we may not expect and what implementation actions will look like over the next year with Dan Esposito and Hadley Tallackson from Energy Innovation and Alex Piper from the RMI.October 16, 2022February 23, 2022Along with the growing interest in offshore wind energy on the West Coast come questions about the associated opportunities and impacts.