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Our understanding of the global need to act, and the state of renewable energy policy and news are rapidly evolving in Oregon, nationally and internationally. This monthly resource will keep you up-to-date with what's new both in OREP and renwewable energy conversations from around the planet.

From local communities to national policy decisions, informed and engaged citizens will advance the transition to locally-owned and locally-generated clean renewable energy. We encourage you to check back regularly.

April 2015
green arrow bullet 4/23/15
RE News: Storage & Integration

Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power; Henry Fountain, New York Times, Apr 22, 2015

Oncor microgrid gives a peek into the future of distributed energy; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Apr 15, 2015

How a smart grid project is pushing Northwest utilities to innovate; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Apr 22, 2015

Batteries and Renewable Energy Set to Grow Together; Henry Fountain, New York Times, Apr 20, 2015

The Economics of Load Defection; Rocky Mountain Institute, 2015
  The Economics of Load Defection-Execuitve Summary; Peter Bronski, Jon Creyts,
  Mark Crowdis, et al, April 2015

 

green arrow bullet4/22/15
Policy News: Utility Adaptation

A new kind of utility: Why SolarCity wants to be 'more than a solar company'; Davide Savenije, Utility Dive, Apr 21, 2015

"One power plant per company"; Craig Morris, Renewables International, Mar 19, 2015

Environment: Water & Energy

AWEA: Wind energy has saved 2.5 billion gallons of water in California; Jaclyn Brandt, Fierce Energy, Apr 5, 2015


green arrow bullet4/21/15
Policy News: US FiT News

Short staffing at LADWP blamed for slow solar rollout; Jed Kim, 89.3 KPCC, Mar 27, 2015

Policy News: RE Policy Innovation

EPA's Clean Power Plan Will Create Quarter-Million Jobs; John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News, Apr 21, 2015

Solar, Wind Industries Release 'How-To' Handbook for Cutting Carbon Emissions; Rhone Resch, Renewable Energy World, Mar 30, 2015

RE-Allocating Risk: The Case for Closer Integration of Price- and Quantity-Based Support Policies for Clean Energy; Felix Mormann, Energy Policy Insititute's Fourth Annual Energy Policy Research Conference, Nov 2014

RE News: Solar

Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades; Bill Scanlon, Renewable Energy World, Apr 14, 2015

 

green arrow bullet4/20/15
Policy News: RE Policy Innovation

Three trends that get the grid to 70% renewables by mid-century; Herman K. Trabish, Apr 1, 2015

Inside the new approach to finding the true value of solar; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Mar 31, 2015

RE News: Energy

California Power Grid Seen Able to Handle 100% Renewables; Christopher Martin & Jonathan Crawford, Bloomberg Business, Apr 14, 2015

 

green arrow bullet4/15/15
Policy News: Utility Adaptation

Report: 'Load Defection' From Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries Is Already Here; Jeff St. John, greenTech:media, Apr 7, 2015

 

green arrow bullet4/9/15
Policy News: Utility Adaptation

Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet; Tom Dart, The Guardian, Mar 29, 2015

 

green arrow bullet4/3/15
RE News: Energy

Kansas utility targets solar customers for higher rate; Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News, Mar 24, 2015

Policy News: OR FiT News

Pay-for-production solar incentive proving viable in Oregon; Christina Williams, Portland Business Journal, Jan 7, 2015

 

green arrow bullet3/25/15
Policy Basics: Oregon FiT Resources

PUC Order to Determine VIR Rates for May 1, 2015 Enrollment Window; Oregon Public Utility Commission, Mar 25, 2015

RE News: Energy

Why Minnesota's Community Solar Program is the Best; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reilance, Mar 18, 2015

Policy News: Utility Innovation

Are fixed charges a curse in disguise for investor-owned utilities?; James Tong, Jon Wellinghoff, Utility Dive, Mar 25, 2015

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OREP's Vision for a sustainable, decentralized energy future:

  • A sustainable economy with family-wage, energy jobs throughout the state
  • Farmers, ranchers, tribes, and rural communities harnessing Oregon's abundant and varied renewable resources
  • Private and community ownership of solar panels across the built environment
  • Local financing of renewable energy projects keeping energy dollars recirculating in Oregon
  • Flourishing renewable energy industries across the state
  • Energy-informed voter support for renewable energy
  • A healthy environment, minimally impacted by energy production

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