Sen. Alan Olsen calls for action on Department of Energy audit

by Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, Ore. – Last week, the Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight discussed a recent audit of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program. The first independent audit of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:59 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Will the PUC Make Oregon’s Solar Energy Incentives Equitable?

By Lydia White In accordance with House Bill 2941, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is making recommendations to the Oregon State Legislature to ensure Oregon’s solar energy incentives are equitable, efficient, and effective. One recommendation is to modify the compensation … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The Paris Agreement’s false promises

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Agreement) is being hailed by its proponents as a huge step forward in reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and saving the environment. However, further review of what the Agreement … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:57 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Green Energy | 15 Comments

Review of Oregon’s Department of Energy

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight was created by Senate President Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) partially in response to a request by a group of Republican lawmakers who had … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, State Government | 3 Comments

Get Ready for High-Cost Electricity

By John A. Charles, Jr. During Oregon’s month-long legislative session earlier this year, the big environmental “win” was Senate Bill 1547, a bill that was hatched in secret by two large utilities and a group of environmental activists. The bill promises to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , | 53 Comments

A better way to conserve energy: Natural gas

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The proper role of government is frequently debated in the Legislative Assembly. Most lawmakers agree that one of the fundamental functions of government is to provide the basic infrastructure that enables all citizens to have access … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Rural Oregon | 7 Comments

Gov. Kate Brown approves $190 a year electricity hike

Oregon Senate Republicans So-called ‘Coal to Clean’ plan won’t even reduce carbon emissions in Oregon Salem, Ore. – Senate Republicans issued the following statement on Wednesday following the signing of SB 1547, an expensive new renewable energy mandate, by Governor … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:45 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

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