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  • Deconstructing Diesel: A Law & Policy Roadmap

    In the Portland metropolitan area, pollution from diesel-fueled vehicles and engines presents a significant risk to public health and causes temperature increases that contribute to global climate change. GEI’s Deconstructing Diesel Law & Policy Roadmap aims to help local governments and community stakeholders better understand the legal frameworks and regulatory limitations local governments must navigate to effectively address diesel pollution. The Roadmap presents a variety of strategies local governments can implement to reduce diesel pollution from on-road, nonroad, and indirect sources in Portland and surrounding Multnomah County.

  • GEI’s Deconstructing Diesel Guide is a condensed version of our Deconstructing Diesel Law & Policy Roadmap, which aims to help local governments and community stakeholders better understand the legal frameworks and regulatory limitations local governments must navigate to effectively address diesel pollution at the local level. The Guide outlines a variety of strategies local governments can implement to reduce diesel pollution from local sources. This Guide is intended to provide a concise, user-friendly overview of the legal and policy issues surrounding diesel emissions regulation.
  • A PowerPoint Presentation presented to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) on January 31, 2019, by GEI director Melissa Powers. GEI encouraged the PUC to view PURPA as a tool to enable ambitious, innovative, efficient renewable energy development in the state.
  • A brief three-page document on the potential pitfalls of incorporating banking without limits in a cap-and-trade program.
  • Renewable energy projects provided Oregon counties more than $120 million in direct tax revenue over the past four years and nearly $32 million in tax year 2017-2018 alone. Rural counties in Oregon were by far the greatest beneficiaries of this revenue: in the 2017-2018 tax year, Sherman County received more than $12.5 million, Gilliam County received more than $8.5 million, and Umatilla, Morrow, and Malheur Counties each received around $2.5 million in direct tax payments from renewable energy projects. Read GEI’s Renewable Energy & Direct Public Revenue in Oregon to learn more about the effects of renewable energy development in Oregon.

  • A Power Point presentation prepared by Professor Melissa Powers, GEI staff attorney Amy Schlusser, and GEI Energy Law Fellows Lev Blumenstein and Natascha Smith summarizing regulatory and policy recommendations to reduce harmful diesel emissions in the Portland metropolitan area. This research was presented to the public during a March 21, 2018 event, Deconstructing Diesel Happy Hour, co-hosted by Neighbors for Clean Air.
  • Oregon has ambitious climate goals that call for the state to dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and the state legislature and executive branch agencies have adopted a variety of climate and energy-related policies that aim to reduce Oregon’s climate impacts and support the transition toward renewable energy. Despite these efforts, however, Oregon is not currently on track to meet its long-term climate goals. GEI’s Taking Charge analysis explains why a comprehensive climate and energy governance framework is necessary to achieve meaningful progress in decarbonizing state and local economies, and presents a series of governance options that would support Oregon’s efforts to reduce emissions and transition to a clean energy system. 

  • Oregon’s Solar Future is a detailed background report on The Oregon Solar Plan, which establishes a blueprint for getting 10% of Oregon’s electricity from solar power in ten years. Oregon’s Solar Future provides an in-depth look at the current status of solar energy in Oregon and explains how the state can realistically deploy enough solar capacity to provide 10% of Oregon’s electricity by 2027. 
  • Oregon can realistically get 10% of its electricity from solar power within the next ten years. GEI worked with the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association to develop the Oregon Solar Plan, which establishes a blueprint for deploying 4 gigawatts of solar PV capacity in Oregon between 2017 and 2027—enough solar capacity to power 500,000 homes and provide 10% of the state’s electricity.
  • A GEI policy report evaluating the effectiveness of Oregon’s existing climate laws and recommending that Oregon adopt a comprehensive climate policy framework to enable the state to reach its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. 

  • A GEI policy report by Amelia Reiver Schlusser assessing the grid reliability implications of the Clean Power Plan in the West, and recommending strategies to support reliability under high penetrations of variable renewable energy.

  • A GEI report by Nick Lawton
  • A GEI report by Amelia Reiver Schlusser
  • GEI’s new analysis of Oregon’s Residential Energy Tax Credit shows significant benefits across Oregon and among different communities between 2013 and 2015.
  • Staff Attorney Nick Lawton recently submitted comments for the Green Energy Institute regarding the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s methodology for calculating environmental costs and benefits of energy sources for the Seventh Power Plan.

 

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