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Ten Year Energy Plan - Transportation
Jon Ruiz Eugene City Manager
Charlie Allcock Portland General Electric
Angus Duncan Oregon Global Warming Commission
Neil McFarlane TriMet
David Patterson Mitsubishi Motors
Derek Rotz Daimler Trucks North America
Barry Woods Drive Oregon
Design Team Staff:
Bob Cortright Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD)
Travis Brouwer Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Bill Drumheller Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE)
Rick Wallace Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE)


The Governor’s transportation energy goals have been organized around increasing the travel and freight options for businesses and households that are cost-efficient, energy efficient and low carbon  

With this guiding principle in mind, along with the Oregon Sustainability Act of 2001, examine potential legislative and regulatory changes that can be enacted to achieve a lower carbon transportation future, which includes on- and off-road vehicles, rail, ports and aviation, as cost-effectively as possible. Consider how this would play out across Oregon’s diverse geography.   

The team, along with the other Design Teams, should also consider how energy-related policies will impact the economy, with a particular focus on accelerating job growth in Oregon.

The State must also adopt appropriate targets for natural gas savings and should target the most efficient end uses when considering all fuel types used in the state (i.e., including diesel, wood and propane).


Recognizing the existing and ongoing work of the Oregon Global Warming Commission, the Transportation Electrification Executive Council, the Oregon Transportation Commission, the Land Conservation and Development Commission, Metro, DEQ and the Non-roadway Transportation Funding Task Force please propose a comprehensive package that will incent and increase the use of advanced technology vehicles. 

Use the following guidelines in developing this package.

  • Propose a strategy for funding and allocation of transportation dollars to support compact land use and help accelerate the development of low-carbon vehicle technology and fuels, while also considering environmental justice (access to jobs, costs of systems to households and businesses). This requires identifying a more stable and long-term way to fund diverse transportation options, including a road and congestion pricing approach.

  • Develop a next steps strategy for implementation of a Least Cost Planning Process as well as the recommendations by Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative to meet GHG reduction goals.

  • What is the proper balance between emphasizing the energy needs of freight movement and the needs of passenger transport?

  • Determine how to use land use planning as a mechanism to reduce reliance on single occupancy vehicles, including (but not limited to) assisting cities in adopting the 20 minute neighborhood concept, revisiting the Oregon Statewide Planning Goal 13, considering a health goal, and addressing land use/zoning/code issues surrounding alternative fuel charging or refueling stations.

  • Explore incentives in State and local policy for low carbon development options and creation of complete communities that support such development

  • Examine the role of rail in reducing energy consumption and emissions and identify potential public-private partnerships.

  • Consider the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems in the management of the interstate systems throughout the state, including information provision to different users such as freight. Can open data platforms, create new and innovative ‘apps’ – how to unleash the creativity of the developer segment (trip plans, with built in congestion or incident alerts, etc).

  • Explore policy recommendations to reach our advanced technology vehicle deployment and infrastructure needs. Can state procurement policies play a role? How can we increase public and private adoption of high efficiency vehicles like electric, natural gas and propane? What public/private opportunities exist for large fleets? Which technology is best for large fleets and should be incentivized? How do specific infrastructure needs differ across technologies and how do we encourage the needed advanced technology infrastructure? (Are incentives needed? What role will local distribution companies play in infrastructure development?) How can we increase public awareness of highly efficiency vehicles like electric, natural gas and propane? What kind of incentives will be necessary to encourage consumers to purchase advanced technology vehicles? What kind of incentives will be necessary to encourage the construction of necessary advanced technology infrastructure? Are there further grant opportunities to explore?

  • What specific role does the state have in adopting advanced technology vehicles? Can state procurement policies play a role? Can infrastructure development be encouraged on public lands? Will tax abatement (e.g, avoid or reduced road tax) for advanced technologies promote vehicle purchases?

  • What is the role of the state in expediting the manufacturing of low carbon fuel commercial fleet vehicles? How do we incent local manufacturing and local purchasing of low carbon vehicles?

  • In addition to adoption of a low-carbon fuel standard, what is the role of the state in expediting the development of advanced low-carbon fuels beyond recommendations related to electric vehicles and EV infrastructure?

  • How can Oregon attract and leverage outside or foreign investment to finance alternative transit and rail?

  • Recommend the most effective education and flexible employer programs, such as workplace-oriented Transportation Demand Management programs, or an in-state and cross-border ridesharing program, utilizing the latest in advanced technologies and social marketing