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GEI’s Interim Director and Staff Attorney, Carra Sahler, served as a resource on two climate-related Oregonian stories.
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GEI and Breach Collective Publish Guide for Local Governments
GEI and Breach Collective published Regulating Natural Gas in Oregon’s Buildings: A Guide for Local Governments. The Guide offers ten strategies, and the legal feasibility of each, available to local governments in Oregon who seek to curb or prevent natural gas (methane) emissions.
WATCH: Money, Money, Money: How Gas Utilities Could Chase IRA Dollars
To watch the one hour webinar, click here.
The Path to 2050: A Policy Pathway for Decarbonizing Oregon’s Economy
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 Joins the Prestigious American College of Environmental Lawyers
Professor Melissa Powers is recognized by peers as preeminent in the field of environmental law.
Analysis of Oregon’s Constitutional Restrictions on Transportation Funding
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 Defeats Request to Raise Gas Bills
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.
GEI is Taking on Fossil Gas
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.
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!
WATCH: Winds of Change: Offshore Wind, Fish, and the Western GridTo watch the hour presentation, click here.
Green Energy Institute Attorney Appointed to Oregon Commission
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).
WATCH: When Offshore Wind Comes On ShoreTo watch the one hour and fifteen minute presentation, click here.
WATCH: COP26: Outcomes for Climate Justice
To watch the one hour and fifteen minute presentation, click here.
WATCH: Capping Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Oregon’s Climate Protection ProgramTo watch the one hour presentation, click here.
Past EventsNovember 17, 2022
Money, Money, Money: How Gas Utilities Could Chase IRA Dollars
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, 2022
ENVX Symposium: The Ants and the Grasshopper film screening and discussionThe ENVX Symposium will present a showing of the film, The Ants and the Grasshopper. The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Bruce Podobnik, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Jay Odenbaugh, Professor of Philosophy.February 23, 2022
The Winds of Change: Offshore Wind, Fish, and the Western GridAlong with the growing interest in offshore wind energy on the West Coast come questions about the associated opportunities and impacts.
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