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Transportation Electrification - Investment Framework

Investment Framework

In Order No. 21-026, the Commission directed Staff of the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) to develop an updated Transportation Electrification (TE) investment framework that meets the goals set forth in Executive Order 20-04. Developed through a robust stakeholder process in Docket No. UM 2165, the investment framework will be a decision-making tool to help increase TE investments in a way that better balances the needs of the public and ratepayers more broadly. 

Public Workshop Series

Workshop #1 – Review of Current Regulatory Tools for TE Investments

May 26, 2021 -- This level set the current scope of regulations on utility TE investments and sought stakeholder feedback on gaps presented by Eric Shierman, Senior Utility Analyst at the Oregon Public Utility Commission and Jill Goatcher, Assistant Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice. 

Workshop #2 – Approaches to Benefit-Cost Analysis

June 30, 2021 -- This discussed methodologies and regulatory approaches from other states presented by John Shenot, Senior Advisor at the Regulatory Assistance Project; Anna Kim, Senior Utility Analyst at the Oregon Public Utility Commission; and Tim Woolf, Vice President at Synapse Energy Economics. 

Workshop #3 – Portfolio Analysis

July 28, 2021 -- This was a discussion of approaches to analyzing utility TE investments as a whole and current TE portfolios of Oregon’s three electric companies presented by Bob Jenks, Executive Director at the Citizens’ Utility Board; Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Product Portfolio Manager at Portland General Electric; Kate Hawley, EV Senior Product Manager at Pacific Power; Matt Larkin, Revenue Requirement Manager at Idaho Power; and Patti Best, Senior Program Specialist at Idaho Power. 

Workshop #4 – State Panel

August 9, 2021 -- This was a discussion with representatives from state agencies and Forth, Clean Fuels Program backstop aggregator, on priorities and vision for TE in Oregon, presented by Cory-Ann Wind, Oregon Clean Fuels Program Manager at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Kelly Yearick, Senior Program Manager at Forth; Mary Brazell, Transportation Electrification Program Manager at the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Jessica Reichers, Technology & Policy Manager at the Oregon Department of Energy. 

Workshop #5 – Implementing HB 2165 and HB 3055

August 27, 2021 -- In this workshop, stakeholders discussed new TE legislation and integrating it within the TE investment framework investigation. PUC Staff and Department of Justice (DOJ) presenters reviewed HB 2165 and HB 3055 and coordinating bill implementation and TE planning. Presented by Jill Goatcher, Assistant Attorney General at DOJ.

Workshop #6 – Equity

September 15, 2021 -- This discussion focused on TE portfolios that better address underserved communities and equity goals, and approaches to analysis of non-energy impacts to inform program investments. The workshop also focused on informing implementation of HB 2165. Presented by Ezell Watson, PUC Diversity, Equity, and Includion Director; Ingrid Fish, Transportation Decarbonization Policy Lead, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; and Lisa Skumatz, Pricipal, Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA).

Workshop #7 – Staff Guidance and Implementation Pathways for HB 2165

October 20, 2021 -- In this workshop, Staff presented draft interim guidance and definitions for HB 2165, and implementation pathways for 2022. Stakeholder discussion.

Joining the Docket Service List for Future Workshops

Stakeholders are encouraged to join the service list of this docket in order to receive notifications of future events. Email puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov with a request to join the service list for UM 2165.

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