After over a decade of discussion, Oregon is poised to pass cap and trade legislation this session and join California and Quebec in the regional Western Climate Initiative. Oregon was one of the original founders of the Western Climate Initiative, back in 2007, along with California, Washington, Arizona and New Mexico. California, alone, passed cap and trade legislation and then launched its program 2013, and Quebec and Ontario joined and then participated in their first joint auction with California in 2018 (with change in government, Ontario stopped participating in 2019). This session will delve into the details of the bill that is being developed by the Joint Carbon Committee in Salem and discuss some of the ramifications for Oregon’s economy and environment in joining with California and Quebec in the broader cap and trade program.
David Van’t Hof, Clean Energy Consultant
Mike Freese, The Romain Group, LLC Nancy Hamilton, Nancy Hamilton Consulting Kristen Sheeran, Oregon Climate Policy Office
As Oregon seeks to codify its greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals with legislation like cap-and-trade, “what’s next?” is a natural follow-up question. Is one of the goals to get to 100% zero emitting electricity consumption? Even reaching levels of 70-90% presents a number of questions, such as whether and when to phase out all fossil fuels, whether to overbuild and curtail resources or rely on storage and/or regionalization, and how to balance growth in renewable energy with other land use goals, environmental justice, and cost constraints. This panel will explore these challenges as well as the various potential solutions.
Rebecca Smith, Oregon Department of Energy
Josh Keeling, Portland General Electric Melissa Powers, Lewis and Clark Law School Mike Starrett, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Recent studies indicate that the Northwest may require an additional 8-10 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity in order to meet state policy goals. Climate change is likely to require more flexibility and perhaps more resources for the grid as well. This session will explore how policy goals and climate may impact the bulk power system and how local communities are preparing and responding to use this challenge as an opportunity for smaller project development.
Jed Jorgensen, Energy Trust of Oregon
Alexia Kelly, Electric Capital Management Dave Moldal, Energy Trust of Oregon Julie O’Shea, Farmers Conservation Alliance Les Perkins, Farmers Irrigation District
There has been a lot of buzz around distributed energy resources (DERs) as we see evermore new technologies, falling costs of renewables and storage, decarbonization policies, and customers having more choices over their power. The sense of urgency around DERs is growing as the region adapts to a shifting generation mix. Can these assets deliver on the needed capacity, flexibility and resilience? In this session, we will hear what leading utilities and policy advocates are thinking and doing to diversify the grid with DERs.
Tom Brim, North Highland Consulting
Erik Anderson, Pacific Power Jeff Cole, PECI Lee Hall, Bonneville Power Administration Jason Salmi-Klotz, Portland General Electric
Grid-scale energy storage will be a crucial component for effective integration of our region’s growing supply of intermittent renewable energy. As we replace baseload coal and gas plants with renewable energy generation, we will need to store excess renewables in a cost effective way to complement our hydro resources. Pump storage is a proven storage technology and accounts for over 95 percent of existing grid-scale energy storage around the world. Battery storage is becoming more and more cost competitive and quickly is becoming a go to storage resource. And using excess renewables to create hydrogen fuels is just hitting the street with the first project in the Pacific Northwest recently announced in Washington state. Come hear about these important technologies for helping the Pacific Northwest create a clean energy economy and their pathway to market adoption.
David Brown, Obsidian Renewables LLC Ken Dragoon, Renewable Hydrogen Alliance Nate Sandvig, National Grid
Panelists will discuss the current status of rule making and legislation in Oregon related to renewable energy and land use. Hear what one county has done to prepare for solar energy development and how their permitting process has been working and what challenges they see in the future; and learn about current research and applications of dual use solar which combines solar energy development with conservation and agriculture friendly land use practices.
Max Greene, Renewable Northwest
Ann Beier, Crook County Damien Hall, Ball Janik LLP John Jacob, Old Sol Apiaries
Our region is taking bold steps to electrify the transportation system through initiatives that not only include private passenger applications but also other sectors like mass transit and freight. Learn about leading-edge programs, their objectives, implementation plans, and financing models.
Dick Wanderscheid , Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Steve Gutmann , Forth Rustam Kocher, Daimler Trucks North America Aaron Milano, Portland General Electric
Hear about how Oregon’s clean fuel program has supported the use of lower carbon fuels, as well as the policy opportunities for greater utilization in our state.
Brien Flanagan, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
Chris Kroeker, NW Natural Lou Soumas, NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc. Cory-Ann Wind, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
To fully enable the potential of Clean Transportation and lower our carbon footprint – renewable energy, transportation electrification, innovative transportation planning, and technology all need to work together. By removing barriers and enabling quick, easy access to take public transit; the higher the rate of adoption and reduction of single occupancy vehicles. However, only using transit services to get to end destinations can be challenging. This session will discuss mobility on demand options, such as shuttles, car-sharing, and bike-sharing, to improve first and last mile transit connections and future state technology to ultimately lower the carbon footprint.
John MacArthur, Portland State University
Jenny Cadigan, Oregon Health & Science University Kathryn Mullins, moovel North America Grant O’Connell, TriMet