Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3433 Study of greenhouse gas sequestration and emissions reductions

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
This bill gives an alternative to Cap-and-Trade.

Energy & Transportation

HB 2496A Green technology in state buildings

VOTE:NO – Gov.Brown Signed into Law
Reduces requirement of green technology but adds other requirements, increasing costs.

Energy & Transportation

HB 2682A Bicycle lane continues through intersections

VOTE:YES – Signed into Law by Gov.Brown

Energy & Transportation

HB 3274A Increases small-scale renewable energy requirements

VOTE:NO – Died In Committee
Subjects public utilities to projects that cannot exist on their own with very little generation of power and expensive

Energy & Transportation

SB 990 Exempts Small Modular Reactors

VOTE:YES – Died in Committee – Exempts small modular reactors from certain siting restrictions that apply to nuclear-fueled thermal power plants, and requires placement in city or county where electors have approved of small modular reactors being located.

Energy & Transportation

SB 339A Caps Biomass as Renewable Energy

VOTE:NO – Passed – Signed by Gov – Caps electricity generated by any single biomass facility that may be used to meet renewable standards in order to promote diversity of resource types that can be used to comply with Oregon’s small-scale renewable energy requirement.

Energy & Transportation

HB 2020A Re-Defines Oregon’s Energy Policy

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Oregon Global Warming Commission is abolished, creating the Oregon Energy and Climate Board to set policy and renaming the ODOE to Oregon Department of Energy and Climate.

Energy & Transportation

SB 909 Ratepayers Protection Act

VOTE: YES – Died in Committee – Protects Oregonians from excessive energy costs. The “Ratepayers Protection Act,” will fix the state’s broken energy policy that has hurt vulnerable Oregonians.

Energy & Transportation

SB 748 Carbon Pollution Permit Program

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Establishes a carbon pollution permit program and an oversight advisory committee.

Energy & Transportation

HB 2468 Establishes Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules that increases the greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards no later than January 1, 2018.

Energy & Transportation

SB 557/HB 2135 Carbon Pollution Market

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Repeals greenhouse gas emissions goals and creates a carbon pollution market that deals in ‘compliance instruments’.

Energy & Transportation

SB 168 Extends Tax Credit on Biomass

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Extends sunset from 2022 to January 1, 2024 for tax credit for biomass production or collection of all types of biomass reducing long term revenues without the benefit of reporting on its success.

Energy & Transportation

SB 1547 B Ceases Electric Utilities From Acquiring Electricity From Coal-Fired Plants

Vote NO – Passed – Directs PUC to develop renewable standards eliminating coal and increase renewable power to double that required by the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standards.

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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Energy & Transportation

HB 4036A Clean Electricity and Coal Transition bill

VOTE:NO Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4036   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…

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Energy & Transportation

HB 3415A 10-Year moratorium on hydraulic-fracturing

This bill replaces HB 3415 to conduct a review of statutes and rules applicable to best practices and standards for hydraulic fracturing reporting recommendations by 9/15/2016.

Energy & Transportation

SB 824A Repowers or retrofits diesel engines

SB824 Requires certain public improvement contracts to contain and reserve one percent of total contract price for performing repowers or retrofits of certain diesel engines used in course of performing contract.