Oregon has been investigating and pursuing carbon pricing policy and legislation since 2004 when then Governor Kulongoski helped form the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) to develop the framework for a regional cap and trade program. He introduced the first cap and trade legislative proposal in 2009 and virtually every session since then there has been a cap and trade and/or a carbon tax legislative proposal but none have ever received a floor vote in either chamber or passed into law. California adopted a cap and trade program in 2012 and subsequently, Quebec (2013) and Ontario (2017) have joined California in the WCI.
Things appear to be different in Oregon for the 2019 session. For the first time, the Governor, House Leadership and Senate Leadership all have gone on record in support of passing some form of cap and trade legislation in 2019. Senate President Courtney and House Speaker Kotek have agreed to co-chair a “Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction” to develop the proposed legislation.
On this panel, we have representatives from the business sector and the Governor’s Office to discuss the prospects for passage of cap and trade legislation and what are key issues in negotiating/developing a bill that can pass in the 2019 session.
David Van’t Hof, Attorney and Energy Consultant
Scott Bolton, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Customer Solutions, PacifiCorp
Kristen Sheeran, Climate and Energy Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown
Nancy Hamilton, Co-Director, Oregon Business Alliance for Climate
Don Furman, Director, Fix the Grid Coalition
Angus Duncan, President Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Elaine Hart, Principal Resource Planning Analyst, Portland General Electric
Ken Dragoon, Director, Flink Energy Consulting
Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon, and the second highest expense for most households. It consumes massive amounts of energy, most of it produced outside the region. New mobility technologies, including vehicles powered by electricity and renewable natural gas and shared and autonomous mobility services, could dramatically reduce energy use while creating major new opportunities for utilities and consumers. This panel will discuss some recent “hot topics” at the intersection of mobility and energy, including recently approved plans for utility investment in transportation electrification and Governor Brown’s Executive Order to accelerate zero emission vehicle adoption.
Jeff Allen, Executive Director, Forth
Jessica Reichers, ODOE
Bob Jenks, Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon
Chris Kroeker, NW Natural
Aaron Milano, PGE
Dave Moldal, Program Manager, Renewable Energy, Energy Trust of Oregon
Vu Han, Engineer, City of Portland, Columbia Blvd Water Resource Recovery Facility
Andrew Haden, President, Wisewood Energy
Peter Weisberg, Sr. Portfolio Manager, Climate Trust
Grid-scale storage is the key to effective integration of our growing supply of intermittent renewable energy and an important part of meeting the changing demands of a modern grid. Find out more about the near term and long term opportunities for Oregon’s energy storage future, how panelists see storage being able to to address Oregon’s unique challenges, and where we are on the path to market adoption.
Alan Hickenbottom, Founder and Principle, Latitude45 Associates
Rob Del Mar, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Josh Keeling, Supervisor, Customer Energy Solutions, Portland General Electric
Erik Steimle, Vice President of Project Development, Rye Development, LLC
Solar energy is vital to our efforts to reduce carbon and replace the polluting sources of electricity that power our homes and businesses. Solar also promises to improve our energy independence and is a growing source of local, high-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. Panelists will discuss the future of solar energy in Oregon including the latest developments in construction, technology, and storage. Issues around land use and how solar project development might be streamlined to reduce cost and eliminate uncertainty will also be discussed. Session attendees will also be introduced to Avangrid Renewables’ Gala solar project, the largest in the Northwest.
David Brown, Senior Principal and Co-Founder, Obsidian Renewables, LLC
Garrett Cope, Field Operations Manager, Swinerton Renewable Energy
Elon Hasson, Founder, Emerald Renewable Energy Developers
Sara Parsons, Avangrid Renewables
The panel will discuss the tools that corporations and institutions like colleges, universities and hospitals use to drive the development of renewable energy, with an emphasis on direct access agreements, virtual power purchase agreements, green tariffs, REC agreements and on-site PPAs and leases. The panel will also address several important ways in which corporate purchases differ from traditional utility purchases of renewable energy.
Bill Holmes, K&L Gates LLP
Jed Jorgensen, Sr. Renewable Energy Program Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon
Julie O’Shea, Executive Director, Farmers Conservation Alliance
Les Perkins, Manager, Farmers Irrigation District
Craig Horrell, Manager, Central Oregon Irrigation District
Adam Schultz, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Andria Jacob, City of Portland
Ryan Fedie, Bonneville Power Administration
Tyler Nice, Eugene Water and Electric Board
Alan Hickenbottom, Founder and Principal at Latitude45 Associates
Kerstin Rock, Senior VP Operations, LO3 Energy
Rebecca Smith, Senior Energy Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Roger Kline, General Manager, North Wasco PUD