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Background on Executive Order 20-04

Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 on March 10, 2020 directing multiple state agencies to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the worst effects of climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions directly supports the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s mission of protecting and enhancing Oregon’s environment.

The order directs the Environmental Quality Commission and DEQ to take a variety of actions within existing authority, including the development of a new program to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary sources, transportation fuels, and other liquid and gaseous fuels, including natural gas. This new program would be part of the statewide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon, including the Clean Fuels Program, incentives for electric vehicles, energy efficiency programs, and others.

Reports to the Governor

Under the executive order, DEQ was required to submit a preliminary report to Governor Brown by May 15, 2020 and a final report by June 30, 2020 regarding program options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is ready to start at the beginning of 2022.

These reports to the Governor do not recommend any particular program design recommendations. Both reports includes the following key sections:

  1. Initial legal review of EQC authority for a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction program consistent with the executive order.

  2. Proposed program development process, including opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement and a tentative rulemaking timeline.

  3. DEQ policy considerations and anticipated key program design elements.

  4. Next steps and how to stay informed on the program development process.

DEQ accepted comments on the preliminary report from its submission to the Governor on May 15 through June 15, 2020 for input for the final report.

DEQ held three listening sessions to walk through the preliminary report submitted on program options, discuss opportunities for stakeholders and the public to engage in the program development process, and answer clarifying questions about the report.