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Portland’s Climate Fail: More Driving

By Joe Cortright  Carbon emissions from transportation in Portland increased 6 percent last year In the one are where city policy can make the most difference, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing Portland has long prided itself in being one of the first cities in the US to adopt a legislated goal of reducing its greenhouse…

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Navigating a Complex Path to a Secure Energy Future

By BEN KUJALA Planning for the 2021 Power Plan Planning for the power system is challenging. As planners, we try to determine how much electricity we will need over the next 20 years by evaluating uncertainty about weather, fuel prices, and changes in technology. As energy technologies, from solar to electric vehicles, have advanced, planning…

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Douglas County PUD to Explore Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Production

Pilot project proposes producing hydrogen with surplus hydropower  By Carol Winkel, Northwest Power and Conservation Council Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future for vehicles? The Douglas County Public Utility District, which owns and operates Wells Dam on the Columbia River, is waging it could be an important resource to power clean transportation.  With recent Washington state…

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Springfield Branch Wins Airgas’ National Branch of the Year Award

A local gas, welding and safety distributor has earned the National Branch of the Year award from its company, Airgas, an Air Liquide company. Selected among more than 900 Airgas branches across the country, the Springfield, OR branch was selected as one of four national branches of the year, an award in its 15th year celebrating…

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Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that 50 percent of the electricity Oregonians use come from renewable resources by 2040.

Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard sets a requirement for how much of the electricity we use must come from renewable resources. “Renewable” means the source of power can be used repeatedly because it is replaced naturally, like wind or the sun.   The original RPS was adopted in 2007, when just 2 percent of Oregon’s electricity needs were met with renewables.…

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Renewable natural gas demand to increase with UPS purchase agreement

On May 22, 2019 United Parcel Service (UPS), a global provider of shipping and delivery services, announced that the company would increase its use of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the United States. UPS purchased 170 million gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) from fuel supplier Clean Energy Fuels to meet this commitment, which supports UPS’s sustainability…

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Energy Trust invites public input on draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

SUZETTE RILEY C+C PORTLAND, Ore. — June 26, 2019 — Energy Trust of Oregon welcomes public comment to inform its draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan builds on the organization’s successful 17-year history serving Oregon residents and businesses with clean energy solutions. Once adopted, the strategic plan will help Energy Trust achieve its goals…

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FERC hearings conclude in Klamath Falls amid strong Jordan Cove support

June 27, 2019 – Klamath Falls, OR – Today, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) witnessed the strong support for the Jordan Cove Project at the public hearing on the Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Over 120 supporters attended the hearing expressed their support for the Project at the Jordan Cove hospitality suite. According…

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Could Your Plant Benefit from a FREE Energy Assessment?

By: Energy Trust Looking for new ways to trim energy operating costs and increase the bottom line in your facility? Whether you’ve already made energy improvements or are just getting started, an energy assessment can help you determine the largest savings and decide where to focus. Available at no cost to eligible customers of participating…

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How to Update Your Employee Handbook

By Jenna Reed, Vice President General Counsel and Compliance Services Cascade Employers Association jreed@cascadeemployers.com If it’s been more than a year since you’ve given your employee handbook a thorough read, chances are it’s already out of date. I don’t know too many people that jump up and down about the prospect of updating their employee…

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HB 2020 Oregon Cap and Trade FactSheet

The proposed HB 2020 legislation would have significant and lasting impacts on natural gas rate payers. Customers from all rate classes would experience rapid and increasing costs for simply heating their homes and businesses. The chart below shows the weighted average rate impact for all residential and commercial customers in Oregon, as well as by…

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