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Legislative Report - September 2022

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Environmental Justice

Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Expansion


Clean Energy

Climate Emergency

Climate Emergency Team

Portfolio Coordinator: Claudia Keith

Clean Renewable Energy and GHGE Mitigation: Kathy Moyd

Climate Friendly Equitable Communities & Green New Deal: Nancy Rosenberger

NWL Forestry: Josie Koehne

Efficient & Resilient Buildings: Kathy Moyd

Fossil Fuel Infrastructure LNG & NG: Shirley Weathers

Climate/Environmental Justice: Shirley Weathers and Claudia Keith

Our Children’s Trust: Claudia Keith

Climate Change Budget/Funding, OEA, and Treasury: Claudia Keith

Transportation: Vacant

Public Health: Vacant

Climate Emergency Highlights

By Claudia Keith


Historical Congressional Climate policy:

Just a week ago: “the Senate ratified the Kigali Amendment, a treaty that will phase out the world’s use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a climate pollutant used as an industrial refrigerant and in sprayable consumer products.” The Senate Just Quietly Passed a Major Climate Treaty| The Atlantic

2021 & 2022 “…The Inflation Reduction Act, the Chips and Science Act and the bipartisan infrastructure bill will unlock a multi-year public spending commitment that will also attract private capital in areas with high-return potential, said Deese, director of the National Economic Council…” Biden Policies to Boost Investment, Slow Inflation: Economic Adviser Deese | Bloomberg

IRA details: “On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed a historic climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act (P.L.117-18), into law. Along with tax reforms and investments in healthcare, the law provides $369 billion to confront the climate crisis by expanding tax credits for clean energy and electric vehicles, boosting energy efficiency, establishing a national climate bank, supporting climate-smart agriculture, bolstering production of sustainable aviation fuel, reducing air pollution at ports, and much more. The law represents the boldest action Congress has taken on climate yet—it will put the United States on a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, according to several independent analyses…” How the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Work Together to Advance Climate Action | Article | EESI

International Perspective: Inflation Reduction Act Comes into Focus at UNGA | Center for Strategic and International Studies

Physics Perspective: The Week of September 26, 2022 | FYI This Week highlights upcoming science policy events and summarizes news from the past week. |American Institute of Physics

Security Exchange Commission (SEC): The League Responds to SEC Proposal to Require Climate Risk Disclosure | League of Women Voters.(June 2022 LWVUS testimony was proposed by LWVOR Action Committee). The SEC in August published their 5-year Strategic Plan for public comment; it assumes Climate Risk Disclosure requirements are implemented. In May 2022: Here’s An Overview of the SEC's Proposed Climate-Related Disclosures - The CPA Journal. Related, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance: Enhanced ESG Disclosures for Investment Funds and Advisers: A Comments from BlackRock


The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development is hosting a series of public workshops encouraging constituents to comment on how changing weather patterns are affecting their lives and their communities. Dates and times can be found here.

North America’s first wind-solar-battery ‘hybrid’ power plant commissioned in Oregon | Off the grid: Oregon plant aims to prove renewable energy can work - A tiny town in Oregon is the site of a new type of energy farm that harvests wind and solar power and stores it in massive batteries. Experts say the innovative project could power a small city. | Christian Science Monitor

As the US explores building offshore wind farm in Oregon, concerns arise | OPB. Oregon-based hydrogen hub eyes $8 billion offered in federal infrastructure law. Oregon, Washington hope to make Northwest the U.S. leader of ‘green hydrogen’ energy |Oregon Capital Chronicle

Oregon commission adopts strongest clean fuel standards in US, | KPTV. Oregon Department of Energy Identifies Floating Wind Benefits and Challenges | Offshore Oregon joins western states in opposing more natural gas from Canadian pipeline |Oregon Capital Chronicle. Portland : Zenith Energy to phase out crude oil at Portland terminal | OPB.

Ocean Wave Energy: “...Winds and currents, they go in one direction. It’s very easy to spin a turbine or a windmill when you’ve got linear movement. The waves really aren’t linear. They’re oscillating. And so we have to be able to turn this oscillatory energy into some sort of catchable form,” said Burke Hales, professor of oceanography at Oregon State University and chief scientist at PacWave, a Department of Energy-funded wave energy test site off the Oregon Coast…” Why wave power could complement solar and wind | CNBC.

Is Geothermal Power the Missing Piece of a Renewable Future? |

Environmental Justice

By Claudia Keith

Senator Merkley… “Senators Highlight Environmental Justice Concerns on Permitting Leg” | Oregon mentioned: Hewlett Foundation: How communities of color lead on climate solutions — and ways to support them.| March 2022: HB 4077 Passes, Solidifying Oregon’s Environmental Justice Council

It is not clear to the League the status of the new Environmental Justice Council, (2022) HB4077 formed and funded during the 2022 Leg session; though a recent news article does mention some of the new council members:, “OFS Executive Director Katie Murray and OFS Associate Director for Policy & Outreach Tiffany Monroe were appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve 3-year terms on the Environmental Justice Council. This week, Katie and Tiffany joined Council members and others at the bill signing ceremony for HB 4077, which passed in the 2022 session with engagement and key amendments from OFS and other natural resource stakeholders.”

Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Expansion

By Shirley Weathers

Jordan Cove is gone, but Oregon is again targeted for fossil fuel infrastructure build-out, despite widespread evidence that this kind of activity must end. The Gas Transmission Northwest or GTN Xpress is on the move. Unlike Jordan Cove that was 100% new construction, GTN Xpress involves expansion of an existing, operational pipeline. But like Jordan Cove, it is designed to increase production and send to market natural gas from the fields of British Columbia. Owned by Canadian TC Energy, the company alleges need for more natural gas along the pipeline as it passes through Idaho and Washington, bifurcates Oregon, and connects at Malin, OR to PG & E lines running south through central California. TC Energy’s applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) indicate plans for an expansion of 250,000 dekatherms/day, enough to gas-power 1.2 million more households per day than are currently being served.

At the same time, the project would add almost 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year for the next 30 years—as much as if over 750,000 additional internal combustion cars were put on the road until 2052. The need for natural gas expansion is questionable. Opposition is mounting, but one piece of the project has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). But we are not alone in this fight. The Washington Attorney General’s Office weighed in on GTN’s proposal, filing a motion to intervene and opposing the GTN Pipeline capacity expansion. The motion cited conflict with west coast plans to reduce emissions to impact climate change, hidden costs to consumers, lack of public need as west coast states are all acting to limit use and reliance on methane-emitting natural gas going forward and increased public health costs compounded by violations of environmental justice commitments. Oregon and California joined the OEA and State Treasury:

Related to the SEC disclosure proposal, Oregon Office of Economic Analysis continues to exclude reference to climate risk in their quarterly reporting. A few years ago climate was mentioned but that topic has now been removed.

Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read ‘s NYT s opinion page ‘Form of Climate Obstruction Hurts Pension Funds’ |The New York Times. “…I encourage those charged with oversight of state funds and pension funds to return to the core values we all share: Transparency and accountability are good for investors. Markets should be free from excessive manipulation. Prudent investors should be allowed to weigh long-term risks. If our nation’s military leaders, insurance officials and oil executives all factor climate risk into decisions, then hard-working firefighters and teachers should be given the same courtesy. The states they serve shouldn’t be playing politics with their retirement.”

Oregon Attorney General DOJ Climate related work:

-AG Rosenblum along with 7 other states asks EPA …AG Rosenblum Asks EPA to Consider National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Greenhouse Gasses.

-Western State Attorneys General Seek to Halt Capacity Expansion of GTN Pipeline. AG Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, California Attorney General Rob Bonta, and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a motion to intervene and request that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) deny the proposed capacity expansion of the Gas Transmission Northwest Express (GTN) pipeline. The proposed capacity expansion would increase the amount of natural gas carried by the pipeline by… View Article

Posted in Media Release on August 22, 2022:

--Rosenblum Statement on Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Environmental Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt another severe blow to our climate today in a case that addresses the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. “Today’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA—which hamstrings the Environmental Protection Agency in its ability to address greenhouse gas emissions from power plants under section 111(d) of the federal Clean Air Act—is deeply… View Article


This past summer the League joined other PNW groups Sign-On Letter to EPA related to heavy Duty Clean Truck Rules.

August Update: California Attorney General Bonta: EPA Decision on California Waivers for Heavy Duty Truck Regulations Will Have Life or Death Consequences for Communities Breathing Dirty Air

Oregon Global Warming Commission – Highlights


Meeting Agenda


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Meeting Agenda

Oregon Local Leagues

Climate Change Advocacy and Education

In Sept the LWS Corvallis provided testimony to the City Council supporting the proposed mandatory Home Energy Score and plans to support on Oct 3 the Corvallis Green New Deal Resolution. The League is planning to upgrade their website and a League advocacy/testimony section will be added.

Our Children’s Trust

Oral Arguments Held in Virginia Youth Climate Case; Youth to Appeal Decision “Layla H. v. Commonwealth of Virginia argues state’s ongoing permitting of fossil fuels causes and contributes to climate crisis, violating the youth plaintiffs’ constitutional rights “. Kids' climate change lawsuit tossed by Virginia judge | Reuters

Clean Energy

By Kathy Moyd

Legislative Days Committee Information Sessions

Link is to the Overview for each Committee session. Only the presentations relevant to Clean Energy are listed here. Presentations and other materials are available on the Meeting Materials tab. Video is available using the triangle next to the meeting date in the right-hand column; use the Agenda tab below the video to jump to a particular presentation. No specific Legislative Concepts (LC) were discussed during the presentations.

House Interim Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, September 22, 2022.

Update on the Resilient Efficient Buildings Task Force

Senator Kate Lieber, Senate District 14

Representative Pam Marsh, House District 5

Small-Scale Renewable Energy Projects Study and Community Renewable Energy Grant Program Update

Rob Del Mar, Senior Policy Analyst, ODOE

Stephanie Boles, Economist, ODOE

Making Energy Work Coalition: Community energy barriers and solutions

Bridget Callahan, Senior Energy Program Manager, Sustainable Northwest

Mike McArthur, Executive Director, Community Renewable Energy Association Senate Interim Committee on Energy and Environment (Agenda)

Update on the Resilient Efficient Buildings Task Force

Senator Kate Lieber, Senate District 14 Representative Pam Marsh, House District 5 6 meetings from June to September

Cascade Renewable Transmission Project

Chris Hocker, Vice President of Planning, PowerBridge

Renewable Fuels from Oregon's Forests

Dr. Tom DeLuca, Dean and Professor, College of Forestry, Oregon State University Dan Goody, Astoria District Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry

Floating Offshore Wind Report

Jason Sierman, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy

2022 Floating Offshore Wind Study was submitted to the Legislature as required on September 15. See Oregon Department of Energy below for details.

Renewable Hydrogen Report

Rebecca Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy

PUC Update: Decarbonization and the Natural Gas Sector (Agenda) Megan Decker, Chair, Oregon Public Utility Commission Kim Herb, Resources and Program Development Manager, Oregon Public Utility Commission

Senate Interim Committee on Energy and the Environment, September 22, 2022 (Agenda)

Mass Timber Modular Housing and Terminal 2 Update

Keith Leavitt, Port of Portland Ernesto Fonseca, Hacienda CDC

Senate Bill 1536: Update on Implementation

Betty Brown, Portland Open Bible Director Pat Allen, Oregon Health Authority Director Fariborz Pakseresht, Oregon Department of Human Services Director Ed Flick, Oregon Office of Resiliency and Emergency Management Oriana Magnera, Verde

Housing and Development Senate 2021-2022 Interim - Oregon Legislative Information System

Environmental Quality Commission (EQC)

July 21 – 22 Meeting Agenda and Materials

Climate and transportation programs overview

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) presented an overview of programs and projects at the agency related to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the modernization of Oregon's transportation systems.

Advanced Clean Cars II rulemaking development

DEQ presented updates on proposed rules for low- and zero-emission vehicles. Oregon, along with 16 other states, follow California's vehicle emission standards.The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted an extension of its Clean Car Standards requiring all new cars to be ZEV or hybrid by 2035.

September 22-23 Meeting Agenda and materials

Clean Fuels Program Expansion

After a presentation, DEQ adopted the proposed rules to expand the Clean Fuels Program’s carbon intensity reduction requirements beyond the currently adopted 10 percent reduction in average carbon intensity by 2025. The added targets are 20% in 2030 and 37% in 2035. Commissioner Amy Slusser tried to move to increase the 2030 target to 30%. It was considered by the Commission that this would require allowing DEQ time to make the change and the preference was to adopt the Rules as is. An additional review in 2026 had been added to the draft rules, so that could be used to raise the 2030 target. During the public review period the League provided testimony supporting the 37% target.

Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE)

Floating Offshore Wind

The 2022 Floating Offshore Wind Study was submitted to the Legislature as required on September 15.

“Stakeholders identified many topics with data gaps.” Individual League members provided verbal and written comments on at least the following three:

· Assessing potential impacts of wind farms on ocean dynamics (California current).

· Assessing the potential for, and environmental effects from, FOSW project failures during extreme natural events such as ocean storms and earthquakes, including a Cascadia Subduction Zone quake.

· Evaluating the location, development, and maintenance of port infrastructure in estuaries and bays that provide important services for existing human activities and ecosystem resources.”

Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC)

July 22, 2022 meeting: Item F - Carbon Dioxide Emissions Standards Rulemaking

HB 2021 (2021) specified that for the EFSC to issue an initial site certificate for a fossil-fueled power plant on or after September 25, 2021, the Council must find that the facility will only generate electricity in a manner that does not emit greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and that an amendment to a site certificate approved before its effective date could not be approved if it would significantly increase the gross carbon dioxide emissions.

The League considered that the draft rules issued by the EFSC were acceptable with respect to new facilities, but had concerns with the ones for amendments to existing power plants and provided the following testimony. Although some provisions in our testimony were outside the scope of the rulemaking, our comments were definitely taken into account with real-time changes being made during the meeting. The major issue was the “significantly increase” requirement; it was agreed that it would be 3%.

Oregon Department of Revenue

The League supplied a member for the Rulemaking Advisory Committee dealing with SB 1519, tax exemption for community solar projects, for which we had provided testimony. There was only one issue: the definition of “electrical inspection” and the RAC members agreed it should be when the project was considered operational by the utility.

Other activities

A League member is participating in the Energy/Environment Caucus of the Oregon Energy Siting Policy Conversation being conducted by Oriana Magnera of Verde. Two placeholder study Legislative Concepts were submitted, with the hope of having some specific legislative actions for the 2023 session.

League members have attended, asked questions, and commented at various meetings throughout this period including the Oregon Global Warming Commission, Oregon Department of Energy, Department of Environmental Quality, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Public Utility Commission, and Integrated Resource Planning meetings of the natural gas and electrical utilities.

For additional information about any of the items above, contact Kathy Moyd at

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