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Carbon Allocation Task Force

 On August 29, 2005, Governor Ted Kulongoski announced his appointment of the Carbon Allocation Task Force.   The Governor’s Advisory Group on Global Warming recommended the formation of this Task Force in the Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions, which was published in 2005.  
The purpose of the Task Force is to examine the feasibility of, and develop a design for, a load-based carbon allowance standard for Oregon.  This standard would reduce total amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to consumption of electricity, petroleum and natural gas by Oregonians in a deliberate, predictable, effective, equitable and verifiable manner.  The Task Force will also consider an Oregon renewable portfolio standard and potential changes to public purpose charges as tools to meet a carbon allowance standard and overall state CO2 goals.  The Task Force will provide the Governor with its recommendation in time to prepare a legislative proposal for the 2007 session. 
The priority of the Task Force will be to develop a carbon allocation standard that limits and reduces over time the carbon dioxide emissions from the use of electricity in Oregon as it is supplied by utilities. A carbon allocation standard would make initial allocations to the demand side of the electricity system—to the distribution companies or other load-serving entities that generate their own power or purchase from generators and supply power to ultimate customers.[1]  The secondary priority is to ensure that this standard does not increase emissions inadvertently from the natural gas utility sector.  The third priority is to look toward the application of a carbon or GHG standard to major industries in the state. 
The Task Force will also cooperate with efforts in neighboring states to develop similar carbon allocation standards to the degree practicable and will consider a regional standard if there are other states that are interested in developing such a standard. 

[1]    “Load-based” in this context does not mean each and every retail electric customer, but rather the much smaller number of investor-owned and publicly-owned distribution electric companies or other retail providers who are responsible for providing electric energy and capacity to end-users.

CATF Technical Workgroup Meetings

Task Force Charter

Task Force Members

Task Force Background
Glossary **Final**
Climate Change Integration Group