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Governor Ted Kulongoski
Mike McArthur, Chair: Renewable Energy Working Group
RE: Progress Report from the Renewable Energy Working Group
You charged the Renewable Energy Working Group (REWG) with developing implementation strategies for Oregon’s Renewable Energy Action Plan. The Plan’s ultimate goal is to encourage and accelerate the sustainable production of energy from renewable resources, stimulate economic development, particularly in rural parts of the state, and improve the environmental future of the state.
The REWG began meeting in February 2006, with a membership comprised of 31 stakeholders.
o The economic incentives subcommittee met to discuss the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) and Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) programs and how your legislative proposals to improve these programs could be further enhanced. Their efforts helped to build a general consensus among REWG members that led to their endorsement of both of these proposals.
The REWG spent months discussing elements of an RPS for Oregon and working on an outline of a renewable portfolio standard (RPS). The REWG’s work and deliberations on an RPS has formed the basis of your RPS legislation that is currently being brought before the Legislature. (The point missed in the BETC debate is that the RPS was a package deal and one of the tools was the BETC. Change the BETC and you make it harder to reach the standards.)
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