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In 2021 Oregon State Legislature passed the
Clean Energy Targets bill. This bill requires Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp and Electricity Service Suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity they provide. The bill also created targets for these companies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from electricity sold in Oregon to:
DEQ and the Public Utility Commission implement the program together. DEQ's main role includes:
DEQ's evaluation is based on emissions data reports submitted by the electricity providers under OAR-340-215 to Oregon's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.
For more information, the Public Utilities Commission produced a summary of HB 2021 and published an implementation strategy.
The baseline determination for an Electricity Service Supplier is measured as an emissions intensity, on a per megawatt-hour bases. The initial baseline is equivalent to 0.428 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per megawatt-hour (MTCO2e/MWh). For a supplier certified under ORS 757.649 on or after Sep. 25, 2021, the effective date of the bill, the baseline emissions level is adjusted downward to a level that reflects the progress made by other electricity service suppliers to meet the clean energy targets.
Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp are required to
submit clean energy plans that include emissions projections showing that the
planned actions will result in the required reductions for each of the
milestones shown above.
DEQ's responsibility is to provide the emission factors to be used in those projections and review the provided projections to ensure that the calculations and emission factors used comply with DEQ's requirements for GHG accounting under our existing GHG Reporting Program. Read about how
DEQ assigns emission factors to generating sources.
Detailed information on GHG emissions accounting and emission factors for use in Clean Energy Plan projections can be found below:
DEQ must verify greenhouse gas emissions projected in utility clean energy plans for power sold to retail electricity consumers. After verification is complete, DEQ issues an order with its findings and notify the utility and the PUC. These orders are made available to the public here.
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