Surprise! Renewable Energy Mandates Are Actually Fossil Fuel Mandates

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Lydia White The Sierra Club and other environmental groups are objecting to PGE’s plan for new, natural gas-powered generation to help replace the electrical output that will be lost when PGE shuts down the … Continue reading

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Portland’s 100% Renewable Energy Claim Is “Greenwashing”

By Allison Coleman In 2001, the Portland City Council declared that by 2010, all electricity used by city agencies would come from renewable energy. However, by 2010, only 9 percent of Portland’s power was renewable. Undeterred, in 2012 Portland leaders … Continue reading

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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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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

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Electric Utilities Should Call the Bluff of Green Radicals

By John A. Charles, Jr. Two committees of the Oregon Legislature will hear presentations this week on a legislative proposal to eliminate the use of coal in Oregon’s electricity grid by 2035. Coal is the source of power for 33.4% … Continue reading

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Is It Possible to Power an Export Facility Entirely by Renewable Energy?

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland Sustainability Commission recently recommended that the City Council approve a $500 million propane export facility proposed by Pembina Corporation. However, as part of its approval, the Commission is requiring that 100% of the … Continue reading

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The PUC Is Right: Some Conservation Projects No Longer Make Sense

The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) is a nonprofit organization funded by taxes imposed on utility ratepayers. Most of the tax money is spent on subsidies for energy conservation programs. While energy efficiency is a good idea, not all projects pencil out. … Continue reading

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There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

By John A. Charles, Jr. Last month, Oregon’s first commercial “wave energy” project near Reedsport was officially abandoned. The lead developer, New Jersey-based Ocean Power Technologies, had been promoting a utility-scale power project featuring 100 buoys, each weighing 260 tons. That … Continue reading

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Green Data Center Bill Is Just More “Greenwashing”

By William Newell In February, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4126. This bill would allow utilities to purchase renewable energy certificates, or RECs, to meet Oregon’s renewable portfolio standards, rather than actually purchasing electricity produced by renewable sources. The … Continue reading

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Portland’s Renewable Energy Pipe Dream

By William Newell Since 2001 the City of Portland has aimed to obtain all of its electricity from renewable sources. More than 10 years later, the City has failed to meet its own goals, even after renewing the pledge in … Continue reading

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Wind Energy Can’t Stand Alone

A new Cascade Policy Institute–Reason Foundation study finds that wind energy is not suited to be the lone or primary source of a grid’s total electricity, due to its variable nature. If used to produce more than 10-20 percent of … Continue reading

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Power Buoys or Expensive Anchors?

Commercial wave power soon may be coming to the Oregon coast. Last month, a New Jersey-based company, Ocean Power Technologies Inc., received the first federal permit to develop a 30-acre wave energy park near Reedsport. If successful, the facility would … Continue reading

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Costs of Utility Mandate Ultimately Borne by Consumers

By Eric Revell With the passage of Senate Bill 838 by the Oregon legislature in 2007, most electric utilities in Oregon are required to provide certain levels of electricity from so-called renewable resources. The mandate is 15% of electricity from … Continue reading

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