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CUB Works with Public Interest Allies to Analyze Draft 10-Year Energy Plan
Last fall, Gov. John Kitzhaber convened a series of design teams to begin the creation of a ten-year energy plan – a blueprint to drive energy policy development for the next decade. The teams, including energy efficiency, resource mix, transportation, carbon and governance, developed recommendations for the Governor and his staff to consider.
After several months of reviewing the design teams’ recommendations, the Governor released his draft plan on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 “to align the state’s economic objectives with its efficiency, renewable energy, transportation and carbon reduction goals,” in the words of his news release. The plan focuses on increasing energy efficiency, renewable energy siting and creating a cleaner, more efficient transportation system.
CUB has been coordinating with several public interest organizations to track the process of the plan over the course of the last several months. In a joint statement about the draft plan release, that group of organizations – including Climate Solutions, Community Partnership of Oregon, Environment Oregon, NW Energy Coalition, Oregon Environmental Council, Renewable NW Project and Sierra Club – recognized the importance of engaging in this process and continuing to be involved in the discussion:
We thank Governor Kitzhaber for bringing Oregonians together to focus on a 10-year energy plan. A strong energy plan for Oregon requires both near-term and long-term vision and action. Oregonians are increasingly concerned about the harm climate change is causing to our environment, economy and communities; the Governor’s plan is an important opportunity to accelerate our region’s transition from a fossil-fueled past to a clean energy future. We look forward to examining the draft’s content, engaging in next steps and forging a finalized plan that squarely addresses Oregon’s challenges and seizes our clean energy opportunities.
CUB’s initial reaction was that the plan recognized that Oregon has a strong foundation from which to expand energy efficiency efforts and build a clean energy future. We believe, as a ten-year plan, it needs to include more specific policy recommendations on greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that coal plants that are being closed won’t just be replaced with natural gas plants. We will be working to ensure that the final plan balances increased clean energy investments and minimizing impact on consumers’ rates.
The full plan and its appendices can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/KkBcaS. Public comments are being accepted on the plan through July 31, 2012. You can send your comments to