Oregon

Despite opposition from Senate Republicans, Oregon has made significant progress on climate action, most recently with implementation of the Climate Protection Program, a cap-and-reduce program that will significantly reduce the state’s fossil fuel emissions.

Legislative Profile

Governor: Kate Brown (D)

House: Democratic majority

Senate: Democratic majority

U.S. Climate Alliance Member

Key Resources

Oregon State Energy Profile — U.S. EIA
Oregon Climate Change Portal — Oregon Department of Energy
Oregon Energy Policy Simulator — Energy Innovation

Emissions Reduction Targets

By 2035:

45%

By 2050:

75%

All targets relative to 1990 levels

2019 GHG Emissions By Sector (%)

  • Commercial
  • Electric
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture
Source: EPA State Inventory Tool (SIT)

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Climate Governance & Equity

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Climate Governance

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Emissions Reduction Target

45% by 2035 | 75% by 2050 Relative to 1990 levels

Mandate Source

2035: Voluntary – EO 20-04 (2020)

2050: Mandatory – Chapter 0907 (2007)

Climate Action Plan

Plan Status

In progress

Climate Bureaucracy

Interagency Commissions/Task Forces

Non-Governmental Advisory Bodies

Oregon Global Warming Commission

Environmental Quality Commission

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

1990-2018 GHG Emissions Inventory (December 2020)

Mandate Source

ORS 468A.250 / HB 3543 (2007)

Green Bank

Lead by Example

ACEEE Score – 2 out of 2 points**

Public Fleet ZEV Requirements

SB 1044 (2019) – By 2025: At least 25% of new light-duty state fleet purchases and leases will be Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)

Equity

Environmental Justice Community Designation

Mandate Source

HB 4077 (2022)

Definition

“Environmental justice community” includes communities of color, low-income communities, communities experiencing health inequities, tribal communities, rural, remote, or coastal communities, communities with limited infrastructure and other communities traditionally underrepresented in public processes and adversely harmed by environmental and health hazards.

Include race? Yes | Include income? Yes | Include pollution burden? No

State EJ Mapping Tools

HB 4077 (2022) – Requires the EJ Council to develop an EJ mapping tool by Sept. 15, 2025

EJ Community Benefit Requirement

EJ Bureaucracy

EJ Advisory Bodies

HB 4077 (2022) – Codifies the existing Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) as the Environmental Justice Council, with dedicated staff and funding

EJ Government Staff

HB 4077 (2022) – The Department of Environmental Quality will provide staff support to the Environmental Justice Council

Oregon DEQ Environmental Justice Coordinator

**The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard analyzes the policies and programs states adopt to save energy in public sector buildings and transportation fleets. States can earn up to 2 points.

Adaptation & Resilience

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Governance and Planning

Governance Structures

Office Designation

ORS 401.913 (2015) – State Resilience Officer

Climate Change Resilience Coordinator

Task Force/Advisory Group

Cabinet Commissions and Committees

Adaptation and Resilience Plans

Climate Hazard Mitigation Plans

Solutions and Funding

Building Codes, Land Use, and Zoning

HB 2605 (2021) – Imposes tsunami design standards for certain buildings and other structures

Built/Hard Infrastructure

Grid Resilience Measures

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

State Funding and Resources

Electricity

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Renewables and Energy Storage

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Emissions Reduction Target

80% by 2030 | 90% by 2035 | 100% by 2040 Relative to 2010-2012 average annual levels

Mandate Source

HB 2021 (2021)

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Target

50% renewables by 2040

Legislation

SB 1547 (2016)

Distributed Generation/Solar Carve-out

SPOT Components – 3 out of 5*

Net Metering

SPOT Components – 8 out of 11*

Energy Storage Standard

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Shared Renewables

SPOT Components – 4 out of 6*

Grid and Utility Reform

Clean Energy Plan

Grid Modernization Plan

The GridWise Alliance’s Grid Modernization Index (GMI) evaluates and ranks the status of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and D.C.

50-state Ranking – 5th

Interconnection Standards

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Utility Green Power Option

SPOT Components – 4 out of 6*

New Utility Business Model Proceeding

SPOT Components – 2 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Buildings & Efficiency

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Building Energy Codes

Residential Codes

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Statewide code – Oregon Residential Specialty Code (2021)

Commercial Codes

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Statewide code – ASHRAE 90.1 2019

Stretch or Reach Codes

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Efficiency Programs and Incentives

Weatherization Programs

SPOT Components – 2 out of 4*

Energy Auditing Programs

Retrocommissioning Programs

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

SPOT Components – 6 out of 10*

Energy Savings Performance Contracting

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Standards and Market Mechanisms

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

SPOT Components – 3 out of 5*

Building Performance Standard (BPS)

Appliance Performance Standard (APS)

HB 2062 (2020) and HB 4057 (2022)

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buildings Data Disclosure

Transportation

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Vehicle Standards and Incentives

Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandates

Oregon ZEV Program

EV Targets and Sales Requirements

SB 1044 (2019) – By 2020: 50,000 registered ZEVs | 2025: 250,000 registered ZEVs | By 2030: At least 25% of registered vehicles and at least 50% of new vehicles sold are ZEVs | By 2035: At least 90% of new vehicle sold are ZEVs

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle (MHDVs) Sales Standards

Oregon Clean Trucks Rule

EV Sales Requirements

Electric Vehicle Incentives

SPOT Components – 3 out of 5*

Charging Infrastructure Incentives

SPOT Components – 2 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

State Planning and Investment

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Emissions Reduction Target

80% by 2050 Relative to 2017-2019 average emissions

Mandate Source

Voluntary – Executive Order 20-04 (2020)

Decarbonization Plan

EV and EV Charging Infrastructure Plans

EV Transit Bus Deployment

The ACEEE Transportation Electrification Scorecard analyzes the level of investment and policies states adopt to procure electric transit buses. States can earn up to 6 points.

ACEEE Score – 1 out of 6 points

Bicycle Friendly State

The League of American Bicyclists’ State Report Cards evaluate and rank the safety and efficiency of active transportation systems across all 50 states.

50-state Ranking – 2nd

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Agriculture

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Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture Governance

Mandate Source

SB 5502 (2021)

Task Force Portal or Action Plan

Soil Health Specialist in the Oregon Department of Agriculture

Financial Incentives

Technical Assistance & Education Programs

Food Waste Bans and Targets

Industry, Materials, and Waste Management

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Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Regulations

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buy Clean Requirements

HB 4139 (2022) – Requires state regulators to conduct life cycle assessments for select construction and maintenance materials used for public infrastructure projects.

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Last Updated June 2022