HB 2021 Clean Electric Energy Policy – Raises Electric Rates

Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07-19-21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2021

This bill raises electricity costs for ALL Oregonians and will likely make the state’s energy grid unreliable. If they want to promote electric cars, why are they pushing this bill?

This bill requires retail electricity providers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity sold to Oregon consumers to 80% below baseline emissions levels by 2030, 90% below baseline emissions levels by 2035 and 100% below baseline emissions levels by 2040. Requires electric companies to develop clean energy plans for meeting clean energy targets – and much more.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
HB 2021 would require electric companies to provide each retail electricity consumer a portfolio of rate options. Requires opportunities to increase contracting with businesses owned by women, veterans, or Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.

Fiscal Responsibility
A disaster to the economy throwing money into an impossible project. HB 2021 appropriates $50,000,000 out of the General Fund to the Community Renewables Investment Fund, for the 2021-2023 biennium. Requires DEQ to ensure that the calculation of emissions rates takes into account the potential for the energy imbalance market.

Limited Government
Establishes electricity supplied to retail electricity consumers: 1) produces zero greenhouse gas emissions; and 2) is generated in a manner that provides additional direct benefits to communities in Oregon in the forms of creating and sustaining jobs, promoting workforce equity, and increasing energy security and resiliency (that no law or plan can guarantee). The bill would require retail electricity providers to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below baseline emissions level by 2030, 90% by 2035, and 100% by 2040. Developments new transmission and other supporting infrastructure, retirement of existing generating facilities, short and long duration energy storage, changes in system operation, and any other necessary action. The bill would require the PUC to reasonably ensure that the costs, risks, and benefits of serving each option are reflected in the rates for each option. The bill would require a person who constructs or repowers a large-scale project sited in Oregon to provide a signed attestation or declaration stating to the best of their knowledge and belief that during all periods of construction all contractors and subcontractors working on the construction or repowering project will meet contractor labor standards. The bill would prohibit the Energy Facility Siting Council from issuing a site certificate for a generating facility, with some exceptions, that produces electric power from fossil fuels, including natural gas, petroleum, coal, or any form of solid, liquid, or gaseous fuel derived from such material. The measure would establish and provide grants for community renewable energy projects from the Community Renewables Investment Fund. Convenes a work group comprised of various stakeholders to examine potential barriers and opportunities to encourage development of small-scale renewable energy projects.

Free Markets
Fifty pages of micromanaged requirements that are impossible to reach the goal of zero emission gases. Requires an electric company that files a clean energy plan to convene a Community Benefits and Impacts Advisory Group with members determined by the electric company with input from stakeholders. PUC can offer incentives for early compliance of targets. Mandates business practices.


  1. Dick Beers says:

    Somewhere along the line, lone wolves decided that water was not a renewable resource.
    Water is the only thing in Oregon that keeps flowing at a constant rate after the dam levels have been stabilized and regulated with the proper electrical generating devices.
    Rain keeps falling in Oregon believe it or not. Wind is not constant and cannot be stored. The Machines have to be consantly repaired and controlled for weather conditions. Power from wind is not stored either. The sun only shines in the day time and non cloudy days.
    Get off your enviromental ways and build dams for power, evaporation, and recreation.
    More costs are not the answer either. Good safe economical power is the answer.

  2. David Klaus says:

    Once again, the Marxists in Salem are chasing their elusive green unicorn at taxpayer expense. The arrogance of these fools in actually believing that these policies will achieve the desired effect of lowering global temperatures is astounding. They claim that “the science is settled,’ which is total nonsense! It’s amazing how they overlook the thousands of scientists that have signed a declaration against their theory of global warming. This is a simple case of “follow the money,’ and power in control. Who’s going to profit off of this sea of change? Why their crony capitalists in the green energy sector. Who’s going to pay? Oregon taxpayers in the form of higher utility bills which will trickle down to every good and service produced. It’s all about money, power and control, and more of all for them.

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