Energy & Transportation

SB 1547 B Electricity utilities to stop acquiring electricity generated from coal-fired plants

VOTE:NO Passed Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1547   SUMMARY: Directs PUC to develop renewable standards eliminating coal and increase renewable power to double that required by the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standards. PERSONAL CHOICE: Utilities can usually pass prudently incurred costs to ratepayers limiting them to a 10% profit. This bill has significant incentives to build solar and wind powered generation capacity…

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Energy & Transportation

SB 1510B Transit districts may use certain funds for secondary transit supportive system

VOTE:NO Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1510   TriMet is a State Municipal Corporation whose Board is appointed by the Governor. Now, SB 1510B has been amended to allow TriMet to tax citizens in its transit district to raise funds by revenue bonds, without representation of those being taxed, possibly to build the Columbia River Crossing. Personal Choice:  TriMet has the authority to…

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Energy & Transportation

HB 4037 Directs Oregon Business Development Department to establish incentivize solar energy program.

VOTE:NO Passed Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4037 This bill directs Oregon Business Development Department to establish program to incentivize solar energy. Establishes Solar Incentivization Fund for purposes of program. Sunsets 1/2/2023. Declares an emergency. Free Markets: Bill creates a program that will incentivize generating electricity from solar energy, an effort that incentivizes an agenda rather than following a free market policy….

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Energy & Transportation

SB 1521 Excise tax on employees

VOTE:N0 Died in Committee Status of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1521   Personal Responsibility: ORS 267.385 authorizes districts to impose an excise tax on certain employers’ gross payroll by ordinance. If passed this bill would amend 267.385 to – in effect – remove an employee’s right to vote on a new tax or tax increase. Fiscal Responsibility: The bill limits the expenditure of the taxes authorized…

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Energy & Transportation

SB 1509 Modifies public purpose charges on electric bills.

VOTE:NO Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1509   Provides that funding for cost-effective energy efficiency measures, market transformation measures, new renewable energy resources and low-income weatherization is subject to ratemaking processes of Public Utility Commission.  Declares emergency.   Free Markets: The increased consumer rates authorised by this bill will be used to assist the introduction of new, more expensive renewable…

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