Renew Oregon and our partners are working hard to move Oregon away from polluting energy to an efficient, clean energy economy by accounting for the cost of climate pollution!
Clean Energy Jobs (2017 & 2018)
A policy to put a limit and price on climate pollution from the largest polluters in the state. It will secure greenhouse gas reductions and reinvestment into communities across Oregon to create clean energy jobs and a thriving economy, especially in communities that need it most. By the end of the 2017 legislative session, the bill had 33 co-sponsors in the House and Senate -- a third of the legislature! Governor Kate Brown, Speaker Tina Kotek and other important leaders have signaled Clean Energy Jobs is a priority for the 2018 session. After nearly a decade of shaping this policy in Oregon, it's ready to be pushed over the finish line!
It’s time for Oregon to transition from polluting energy to a clean energy economy.
Our state is poised to reap the rewards of good-paying jobs, clean air, and local, renewable energy by putting a price on climate pollution and reinvesting the proceeds into our communities.
The impacts of climate change are hurting Oregonians. Our families, farmers, fishermen and firefighters are bearing the burden of climate pollution and burning fossil fuels. A limit and price on pollution from the largest sources will cut down the harmful effects on Oregonians while investing in solutions to grow our economy, especially for people who need it most.
We must act now. Oregon can seize the opportunity to lead the clean energy economy, create good paying jobs for Oregonians and protect the health of our families and clean air.
The Renew Oregon coalition is championing a policy that will:
Cap: Limit climate pollution statewide for emitters of 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year, about the equivalent of burning 133 train cars full of coal. In other words, your favorite brewery or the store down the street will not fall under the cap, only the largest polluters in the state. The cap will decline over time through 2050 to ensure we reach our reduction targets and provide certainty for business.
Price: The largest emitters will pay for every ton of climate pollution they put into our air. The price is stable and adjusted over time to ensure the cap is not exceeded giving polluters incentive to cut emissions and allowing flexibility to do so efficiently and at least cost.
Invest: At least $700 million per year in proceeds will be reinvested in clean energy solutions in Oregon -- like affordable solar, energy efficient homes and businesses to save on bills, transportation, electric vehicles, and healthier communities. Major investment will go to reduce pollution and grow opportunities for low-income and rural communities, communities of color, and training workers in Oregon. Equity and a just transition to clean energy are central to the policy.
We need to price pollution and invest in solutions
A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY FOR ALL
By acting now, Oregon will reap rewards -- including clean, renewable energy and thousands of good paying jobs all over the state:
More than 48,000 Oregonians working in the clean and green economy, producing $7 billion in goods and services. Imagine what major new investment could do!
Oregon is home to more than 130 wind and solar companies and suppliers alone, making us poised to be a leader in the national clean energy job market.
Investing in clean energy creates opportunities for employment across all skill levels - and up to 3-times more jobs than investing the same amount in fossil fuel production.
Clean energy investments in Oregon directly created 5,300 jobs and indirectly supporting thousands of additional jobs. Jobs for Oregonians with all kinds of skills like construction workers, engineers, designers, manufacturing workers, salespeople, administrators and custodians.