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Report Identifies Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Oregon

October 3, 2012
Lisa Joyce, 503-378-6510
In Oregon, 1-800-221-8035

SALEM—The Oregon Department of Energy today released a foundational analysis of more than 200 different actions that Oregon could take to help meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals of Governor Kitzhaber’s draft 10-Year Energy Action Plan. The study was undertaken at the request of the stakeholders involved in the preliminary phase of the Energy Plan development. While not an economic analysis of the draft Plan’s recommended actions, the report by The Center for Climate Strategies does provide a basis for informing the final Energy Plan.
“This study provides information on hundreds of policy measures which, like building blocks, can be mixed and matched to help shape the final 10-Year Energy Action Plan,” said Margi Hoffmann, the Governor’s Energy Policy Advisor. The study compares measures against each other based on how effective they are at reducing greenhouse gas emissions relative to the cost of the measures over time.
The report highlights the contributions that all sectors of Oregon’s economy can make to meet Oregon’s energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. The role of energy efficiency, a key focus of the draft 10-Year Energy Action Plan, is emphasized. Land use and transportation policies also provide significant cost-effective reduction potential. Other actions such as irrigation efficiency, biogas production, waste prevention, and thermal efficiency also provide greenhouse gas reductions at low cost.
“There is no shortage of win-win solutions that can reduce emissions and do so cost-effectively,” said Hoffmann.
Since the analysis focuses on the short-term horizon of the Governor’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan, some actions providing reductions over a long period of time and that require significant financial investment, may not compare as favorably as short-term actions. But those measures still offer policy choices to decision-makers, along with a wide range of other benefits.
The study, funded with ARRA (federal stimulus) money, began prior to the completion of the draft 10-Year Energy Action Plan. To ensure any data gaps are identified, the Oregon Department of Energy is requesting technical comments by Nov. 1, 2012. The document can be downloaded here: http://Oregon.gov/energy/GBLWRM/Pages/GhG-MACC.aspx
Please send comments to: GhGMACC.Comments@odoe.state.or.us


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