In March 2016, a landmark bill was passed in Oregon: Senate Bill 1547. While the majority of the bill focuses on clean, renewable energy, it also includes provisions that have the potential to be game changers for Oregon's electric vehicle market. SB 1547, or the “Clean Energy Bill,” bans Oregon’s use of coal energy by 2030 and requires the state to get at least 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2040. SB 1547 also calls for Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp, the state’s two largest regulated electric utilities that together serve over 70% of the state's electricity needs, to develop programs for accelerating transportation electrification. These two utilities, as well as Idaho Power, are currently crafting their programs and will submit them for review to the Public Utility Commission of Oregon by the end of 2016.
Drive Oregon will kick off our 2017 monthly event series by exploring the transportation electrification programs drafted by Portland General Electric (PGE) and PacifiCorp. Their programs, if approved by the Commission, will impact Oregon's electric vehicle market and industry development for years to come. If you are an electric vehicle firm or clean transportation advocate working in Oregon, this is an event not to miss!
Eli Morris, Customer Solutions Planning Manager at PacifiCorp, and Aaron Milano, Project Manager of Customer Energy Solutions at PGE, will discuss how the programs designed by their respective companies will foster transportation electrification. Each will highlight the key components of their firm's plans and long term strategy around electric vehicles.
Registration is FREE for Drive Oregon members, $25 for the general public. Registration includes hors d'oeuvres and local wine and beer.
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