Kitzhaber signs energy bills
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
John Kitzhaber signed three energy-related bills that drew broad support from lawmakers.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed three pieces of energy-related legislation Tuesday morning.
Senate Bill 692 calls for several items ˜ battery chargers, certain exterior lights, most televisions ˜ to be subject to energy efficiency standards. SB 242 sets emissions standards on, specifically, utilities that use coal to generate electricity. And House Bill 2801 establishes energy performance scores that measure the efficiency of houses and buildings.
Of the three measures, SB 242 has received the most attention. It reaffirms a 2009 policy aiming to reduce the amount of coal used in Oregon‚s power supply. The measure received backing from Climate Solutions, whose director Ann Gravatt told SBO last month that it “reaffirms that Oregon wants to redirect carbon resources to sources from renewable energy.”
“These bills are a great step forward in meeting the goals of our 10-Year Energy Plan and positioning Oregon to be more competitive in the global economy,” Kitzhaber said. “Energy is the issue of our time, and no single issue will have a greater impact on our state’s economy, environment and quality of life in the coming decade.”
Oregon lawmakers have also passed HB 2820, which requires the Energy Facility Siting Council to permit solar energy projects over a certain acreage threshold, and SB 606, which promotes responsible wave and wind energy development in Oregon’s Territorial Sea. Bills that remain under consideration include the clean fuels bill SB 488.
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