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HB 4067 Inequities in Energy Rates

VOTE: NO – Passed Committee, At Desk upon adjournment.  Authorizes PUC to consider differential energy burden and other inequities of affordability in rates.

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HB 4135 Accelerates Transportation Electrification

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee. Requires electric companies to invest one percent of total rates collected in programs to accelerate transportation electrification.

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HB 4066A Utilities Infrastructure for Electrification

VOTE:NO –  Passed committee, At Desk upon adjournment.  Authorizes PUC to allow electric companies to force ratepayers to pay for infrastructure to service electric vehicles.

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HB 4105 Restricts Oil and Gas Production and Transportation

VOTE:NO – Died In Committee. Establishes standards to prohibit construction or new infrastructure for exploration and production of oil and gas on state property and also prevents the transportation of gas and oil across state property

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HB 4027 Electric Companies Social Cost of CO2

VOTE:NO – Died In Committee. Modifies general powers of PUC to require electric companies to account for external cost of greenhouse gas emissions without credible data, and more.

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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.

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HB 2682A Bicycle lane continues through intersections

VOTE:YES – Signed into Law by Gov.Brown

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SB 748 Carbon Pollution Permit Program

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

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.