In the late winter of 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state of the U.S. Today, with 4 million people over 98,000 square miles Oregon is the ninth largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. Home to both the deepest lake and the largest mushroom , it is known for its extremely diverse and famously beautiful terrain. By the 1830s the Oregon Trail had already established a direct route to the Pacific Northwest, a route the U.S. Government encouraged settler colonialists to travel in order to strengthen claims to the territory. White settlers began to arrive in large number in the early 1840s. For most of history, Oregon wasn’t divided by lines on a map. It contained four distinct regions that varied in terrain, climate and resources. Native Americans had been maintaining the landscape for millennia with more than 60 tribes living throughout Oregon before colonization in the 19th century. Nine tribes are federally recognized in the state today.

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute identified water resources, coastal issues, and forest ecosystems as the three main climate change challenges facing Oregon. Summer drought is expected to increase by 50% by 2050 as the state becomes both warmer and muggier. In June, 2021, forecasts for a heat wave of historic proportions in the Pacific Northwest solidified, with a consensus among meteorologists that the summer of 2021 would rank among the most extreme events the region has ever seen. This turned out to be true as more than 100 people died from the heat.  If wildfires captured everyone’s attention in 2020 as more than 10% of Oregon’s citizens had to evacuate, by October 2021 more than 800,000 acres had burned in the state.

Flows in rivers and streams are increasing during late winter and early spring and decreasing during the summer. By 2050, Oregon’s snowpack is expected to melt three to four weeks earlier, which decreases the amount of water flow in the summers. On the coast, Oregon will be facing an additional 6 inches of sea level rise within the next sixteen years. The waters off of the coast are also particularly vulnerable to acidification, one of the oceanic side-effects of excessive carbon-emissions, posing an urgent threat to those ecosystems. This changing climactic suitability, as well as the disturbances like wildfires, drought, insects, and disease, will drastically shift Oregon’s forest landscape.

In 2006, former Governor Kulongoski took action to prepare Oregon for climate-related challenges by creating the Governor’s Climate Change Integration Group. This led to the state’s publishing of the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework in 2010. In the decade since, Oregon has enacted a slate of legislation at both the local and state levels addressing a variety of specific issues. They have already surpassed the Renewable Portfolio Standard set in 2016, establishing a 50% by 2040. By 2017 an Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan outlined a set of recommendations for the State’s Public Health Division.

In 2019, more than one half of their generated electricity came from hydroelectric power. Natural gas accounts for about one third, coal’s share was only 4%, with  nonhydroelectric renewable resources, including wind, biomass, solar, and geothermal power, providing the rest.

In the spring of 2021 and under orders from Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality developed a new set of rules that would cap greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduce them over time. The proposed Climate Protection Program would cut emissions from suppliers of gasoline, diesel, propane, kerosene and natural gas 80% by 2050. By capping emissions from fuels, it targets the state’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions; cars, trucks and other forms of transportation made up 36% of emissions in 2019. DEQ is taking public comments on the proposed rules through Oct. 25.

In June, 2021, a bill committing electricity providers to deliver 100% clean electricity to Oregon customers by 2040 and prohibiting new or expanded natural gas-fired power plants passed both the House and Senate of the Oregon State Legislative Assembly. When signed into law on July 27, 2021 by Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon became the 8th state (following Hawaii, California, Washington, New Mexico, New York, Maine, Virginia and the District of Columbia) to adopt similar goals to reach 100% clean or renewable energy, according to the NCSL.

Oregon is one of twenty-four states, plus Puerto Rico, participating in the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.


A Gas Utility’s Astroturf Campaign Threatens Oregon’s First Electrification Ordinance

By Joseph Winters 03/07/23
Last month, Eugene became the first city in Oregon to pass an ordinance requiring new residential buildings to be fossil fuel-free. But the policy may never go into effect — not if the natural gas…
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The Christian case for fighting climate change is being tested in Eastern Oregon

By Antonio Sierra 02/25/23
Like many Christian stories, the origin of Climate Vigil began with an awakening. Peter Fargo, who founded the group, traces the idea back to the birth of his son in 2019. “There was something about…
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Montana Sues Portland, Oregon Over Fossil Fuel Terminal Ban

By Olivia Rosane 02/17/23
In 2016, the Portland, Oregon, city council unanimously approved a ban on either building new fossil fuel terminals within the city or expanding existing ones. At the time, Inside Climate News reported it was likely…
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Klamath countdown: Researchers hustle before largest dam-removal project begins

By Tara Lohan 02/14/23
To anticipate the impacts of a historic river restoration, we need to understand how salmon, bats, insects, algae and other parts of the ecosystem are behaving today....
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People’s Hearing on Proposed Expansion of Spokane Valley/Liberty Lake Area Pipeline to be Held Virtually Feb. 13

By John McCallum 02/11/23
Capacity expansion of a natural gas pipeline running under southeast Spokane Valley and western and northwest Liberty Lake will be the subject of a “People’s Hearing” on Monday evening, Feb. 13.
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Amazon fuel cells would use natural gas to power Oregon data centers, increasing carbon footprint

By Mike Rogoway 02/06/23
Amazon wants to power at least three of its Oregon data centers — and perhaps as many as seven — with natural gas fuel cells that regulators say would contribute even more to climate change…
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The Oregon Lab Where Scientists Are Riding the Waves to a Brighter Future

By Annalee Newitz 02/03/23
On the far western edge of the Oregon State University campus, tucked between verdant farmlands and a sports field, an extraordinary facility is hosting experiments that could save humanity. It’s called the O.H. Hinsdale Wave…
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By Robert Zullo 02/01/23
A nationwide comparison of electric utility performance by an Illinois consumer advocacy group found that customers in states that are heavily reliant on fuel oil and natural gas, as in the Northeast and South, tend…
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U.S. Approves First Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Design

By Molly Taft 01/24/23
The U.S. has just given the green light to its first-ever small modular nuclear design, a promising step forward for a power source that remains controversial among some climate advocates but is experiencing a popular…
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Study identifies priority forests in Oregon for max conservation benefit

By Liz Kimbrough 01/24/23
The haunting deep-green forests of Oregon are more than a backdrop for angsty teen vampires in the Twilight series. These coastal temperate rainforests on the west coast of the United States are some of the…
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By Cristina Rojas 01/21/23
The Sixth Oregon Climate Assessment — a legislatively mandated biennial assessment of the state of Oregon-related climate change science and the likely effects of climate change on the state's natural and human systems — was…
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As Oregon lawmakers focus on housing, climate advocates eye building efficiency

By Monica Samayoa 01/20/23
Oregon lawmakers are back in session, and they have housing on their minds. So do people who want to address climate change.
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Why Northwest officials are only now deciding how to regulate crypto mining

In a county of just over 100,000 residents, sitting directly below the Grand Coulee Dam, 13 crypto mining operations – think warehouses stacked with networked computers continuously working on complex math equations to earn bitcoin…

Oregon churns out renewable energy, but needs batteries to store it

Some Oregon utilities have begun ramping up renewable energy to meet the state’s clean energy goals, but there’s a problem: The power can only be used when the wind is blowing or the sun is…

Oregon city’s gas ban continues spread across the West

The gas prohibition in Eugene puts Oregon in line with its West Coast neighbors, where similar restrictions on fossil fuel heat are widespread. Oregon city’s gas ban continues spread across the West is an article…

NE Portland’s Cully neighborhood fights displacement, climate change with urban renewal. But will it work?

All around her, Chach Heart sees aging roofs and peeling siding. Nearby, decades-old water-damaged trailers line row after dilapidated row.

Oregon faces sustained and novel risks and opportunities as climate changes, new assessment shows

Oregon continues to face new and enduring hazards related to climate change, but opportunities for adaptation and mitigation are also expanding, the latest assessment released today by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute indicates.

Innovative Renewable Energy Project in Oregon Combines Wind, Solar and Battery Storage

A first-of-its-kind project, the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility in Morrow County, Oregon is the first utility-scale power plant in North America that combines wind and solar energy and battery storage in one location. The project…

Tiny Oregon Town Hosts 1st Wind-Solar-Battery ‘Hybrid’ Plant

A renewable energy facility in Oregon that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there has officially opened as the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America.

These cattle ranchers are raising better beef, spending less — and reducing carbon emissions

Brown grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and went to college to be an agriculture professor. Then he married his high school sweetheart, whose family had a farm. The young couple moved home to help on…

Portland tree canopy has stagnated or shrunk, harming city’s climate change aspirations

Portland leaders received a grim snapshot Wednesday of the state of the city’s urban forest, suggesting that growth in its tree canopy has shrunk or plateaued for the first time in 50 years.

Agrivoltaic systems have the potential to meet energy demands of electric vehicles in rural Oregon, US

Electrification of the transportation industry is necessary; however, range anxiety has proven to be a major hindrance to individuals adopting electric vehicles (EVs). Agrivoltaic systems (AVS) can facilitate the transition to EVs by powering EV…

Federal spending bill expected to aid Oregon State wave energy, wildfire and mass timber projects

Federal spending legislation signed into law yesterday includes funding for several Oregon State University initiatives, including a wave energy project on the Oregon Coast, a study of the impacts of wildfires on drinking water and…

Portland Business Alliance blasts clean energy fund ‘mismanagement,’ urges city leaders freeze spending

Portland’s most influential business organization on Monday took at aim at the city’s clean energy program that is both awash in cash and under scrutiny as it begins to bankroll projects aimed to combat climate…

Portland Clean Energy Fund program is still missing key pieces, audit finds

Portland’s first-of-its-kind climate justice program needs help getting off the ground despite generating far more revenue than expected, according to a city audit released Thursday.

Environment bills address Oregon’s bottle bill, earthquake safety, more

Senate Bill 1520 also addresses low redemption rates by requiring large non-participating beverage distributors in certain parts of the state to either provide redemption services, join the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative or pay a fee…

State Energy Department to offer $12 million in grants for community solar, wind projects

The agency announced they’ll release $12 million in grants for projects such as adding more electric vehicle charging stations in rural parts of the state and adding solar panels to public buildings. Money will also…

US Plans to Auction 3 GW Offshore Oregon, Pinpoints Three Areas

This is according to a presentation BOEM published ahead of the tenth meeting of the BOEM Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force to be held today (25 February).

Pipeline expansion would increase the flow of natural gas through the Northwest

TC Energy wants to modify compressor stations along the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to get about 150,000 dekatherms more gas flowing through the region per day — enough to meet…

Portland community leaders bring the heat to building standards

On a cold December morning, Anjeanette Brown sat inside a Shari’s restaurant, nursing a cup of coffee and casually pushing sharp objects out of the reach of their 1-year old daughter. Brown, a Black environmental…

Woke Portland city bosses award $12m clean energy contract aimed at boosting racial equity to bankrupt fraudster accused of lying about her prior experience

According to an investigation by the Oregonian, Linda Woodley, 71, has served time in prison over the past 25 years for defrauding energy companies, and racked up millions of dollars in liens for unpaid federal…

Oregon has a new plan for cutting climate pollution

After years of trying and failing to launch a cap and trade program to reduce carbon emissions economy-wide, Oregon has a new plan to cut some of its biggest sources of climate pollution.

Northwest Power and Conservation Council Sets Aggressive Targets for Renewable Energy

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has published its draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan, which will guide the development of the Bonneville Power Administration and the regional power grid through 2027.

Iron Battery Breakthrough Could Eat Lithium’s Lunch

The world’s electric grids are creaking under the pressure of volatile fossil-fuel prices and the imperative of weaning the world off polluting energy sources. A solution may be at hand, thanks to an innovative battery…

STracker Solar installs dual-axis trackers at Southern Oregon University for agrivoltaic research

STracker Solar of Ashland, Oregon, has installed three new proprietary STrackers in the north end of Southern Oregon Univerity’s Sustainability Farm adjacent to the ScienceWorks Museum parking lot.

Portland’s massive clean energy fund plans $100M spending spree to fight climate change, promote racial and social justice

Portland city officials are preparing to bankroll a new bonanza of clean energy projects and jobs geared toward the city’s historically marginalized communities.

Oregon readies plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing climate change

After more than a year of work, Oregon has proposed rules for its Climate Protection Program, meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change.

Turning Waste Into Megawatts

Clackamas Water Environment Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and Portland General Electric celebrate new co-generation system, renewable energy  

Oregon governor signs ambitious clean energy bill

Oregon’s clean energy bill, which sets one of the most ambitious timelines in the country for moving to 100% clean electricity sources, was signed by Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday.

Oregon utilities face big challenges meeting 100% clean electricity by 2040 target

Oregon just passed an ideologically and technically ambitious clean energy bill that directs its two largest utilities to deliver 100% clean electricity to customers by 2040 and prohibits new or expanded natural gas-fired power plants…

The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is so large, it’s creating its own weather

By Joe Sutton, Michael Guy and Hollie Silverman 07/20/21
As hot, dry weather conditions continue to fuel wildfires across much of the United States, the Bootleg Fire in Oregon has become so intense that it's creating its own weather. The fire has scorched more than 606 square miles --…

Preparing for Climate Change in Oregon

This page provides an overview of the steps Oregon is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Corvallis Climate Action Plan

The Corvallis Climate Action Plan was adopted by City Council in December 2016 following a two-year research and development period by the Climate Action Task Force. The plan goals, greenhouse gas reduction targets, and high-priority…

Portland 2015 Climate Action Plan

In 1993, Portland was the first city in the United States to create a local action plan for cutting carbon. Since then, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have collaborated to produce updated climate…

4th Oregon Climate Assessment Report (2019)

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) periodically assesses the state of knowledge of climate science as it pertains to Oregon, fulfilling the legislative mandate that created OCCRI. This report was delivered on January 31,…

Higher Oregon renewable portfolio standard targets likely to boost wind power

Oregon recently enacted legislation that requires two large investor-owned utilities operating in the state to supply 50% of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2040.


Oregon Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

Oregon was one of the earliest adopters of solar power in the country. And despite the state’s reputation for gloomy weather, it ranks among the top half of states for solar energy generation, and it’s…

Oregon State Profile and Energy Estimates

Oregon has many renewable energy resources. High annual rainfall in the western part of the state coupled with runoff from the snowpack in mountains across the state make it possible to generate substantial amounts of…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Oregon

Between 2017 and 2019, Oregon experienced two wildfires and one drought. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan

The plan outlines a set of actions that the public health workforce specifically can take to adapt to climate change. The report is accompanied by a number of videos that demonstrate the current resilience strategies…

Oregon Drought

Oregon is projected to see an increase in severity of widespread summer drought of approximately 50 percent by 2050.

What Climate Change Means for Oregon

Oregon’s climate is changing. Over the past century, most of the state has warmed about two degrees (F). Snowpack is melting earlier in the year, and the flow of meltwater into streams during summer is…

State-by-State: Climate Change in Oregon

Oregon is vulnerable to increasing heat, reduced snowpack, ocean acidification and wildfires

Cascadia Climate Action

British Columbia has already advanced a carbon tax shift, and Oregon and Washington are actively developing policies to make polluters pay for their pollution. This series follows and analyzes carbon pricing developments across Cascadia.

Portland Clean Energy Fund

The Portland Clean Energy Fund will bring $54 to $71 million in new annual revenue for clean energy and clean energy jobs in Portland. Nonprofit organizations, alone or in partnership with for-profit companies, schools and/or…

Keep Oregon Cool: Oregon Global Warming Commission

The Oregon Global Warming Commission tracks trends in greenhouse gas emissions, recommends ways to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce emissions, and works to prepare communities for the effects of climate change. The Commission…

Oregon Climate Change Research Institute

The Oregon State Legislature established the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) within the Department of Higher Education in 2007. OCCRI is a network of over 150 researchers at Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Oregon,…


Getting Local Businesses Engaged In Reversing Climate Change

The common question when confronting climate change is "what can I do?" The answer does not have to be the answer of an individual or a family or even a government.
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BSD Electric Bus Delivery

BSD is the first school district in the state of Oregon to receive delivery of two electric school buses, with the help of a $561,727 grant from Portland General Electric. Learn how the district was…
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Trump Opens Habitat of a Threatened Owl to Timber Harvesting

By Lisa Friedman and Catrin Einhorn   01/13/21  
The Trump administration on Wednesday removed more than 3 million acres of Pacific Northwest land from the protected habitat of the northern spotted owl, 15 times the amount it had previously proposed opening to the…
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By CNN   01/09/21  
2020 will be remembered for many unpleasant reasons -- the global pandemic, political unrest, sky-high unemployment -- and now we can add a record number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters to the list.
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Oregon State researchers take key step toward cleaner, more sustainable production of hydrogen

Efficiently mass-producing hydrogen from water is closer to becoming a reality thanks to Oregon State University College of Engineering researchers and collaborators at Cornell University and the Argonne National Laboratory.
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Neighbors influence coastal landowners’ decisions to armor shorelines against erosion, rising seas

By Michelle Klampe   01/08/21  
Neighbors play an influential role in private oceanfront landowners’ decisions to protect their shorelines from erosion and rising sea levels, which could lead to excessive armoring of the coastline, a new analysis from Oregon State…
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Record broken for number of billion-dollar US weather and climate disasters in 2020

By Lexi Lonas   01/08/21  
U.S. weather and climate disasters hit an all-time high in 2020 with 22 separate catastrophes that cost more than $1 billion each.
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Report: Climate change taking toll on Oregon, but state has many options for adaptation

By Steve Lundeberg   01/07/21  
The effects of a changing climate continue to significantly affect Oregonians and the state’s resources and infrastructure, the latest biennial report released today by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute concludes.
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The world is chaotic, but we can’t afford to lose focus on climate change

Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, also known as Cascadia, are failing to decarbonize and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, despite being a collective “green” region. Why? We have technology to change, so what’s stopping us? Do solutions to…
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Climate change taking toll on Oregon, but state has many options for adaptation

By Steve Lundeberg   01/06/21  
The effects of a changing climate continue to significantly affect Oregonians and the state's resources and infrastructure, the latest biennial report released today by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute concludes.
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States & Cities Are Driving Climate & Clean Energy Progress

By Kit Kennedy   01/06/21  
It was the year that never seemed to end. The 2020 blows kept coming as the inter-related crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial brutality, climate upheaval, and economic recession inflicted hardship and loss on so many. With millions…
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New climate change report: Oregon will see warmer days, larger fires

By Amanda Arden   01/05/21  
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon will see more days warmer than 90 degrees, more large wildfires, and will experience more frequent and severe droughts if the climate continues to change, according to a new report…
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Cambium Carbon and the Arbor Day Foundation Pilot “Reforestation Hubs” in Four U.S. Cities

By Arbor Day Foundation   01/05/21  
LINCOLN, Neb., January 5, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Cambium Carbon, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, today announced the pilot launch of “Reforestation Hubs,” an innovative model geared toward improving resource efficiency and carbon capture at the municipal…
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Pacific Power rates drop 3.5% for irrigation customers

By George Plaven   01/05/21  
 Oregon regulators have approved lower electric rates for Pacific Power customers in 2021, thanks in part to cheaper fuel and tax credits from wind and solar energy, according to the utility.
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Knight gifts to foundation, University of Oregon among 2020’s biggest

By Matthew Kish   01/05/21  
Phil and Penny Knight accounted for the second- and third-largest charitable gifts in 2020, according to a new list from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
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Study pins toxic algae blooms at Oregon’s southern border on climate change

By Erik Neumann   01/02/21  
New research from West Coast oceanographers provides insight into the cause of toxic algae blooms that caused shellfish closures and marine mammal deaths near the Oregon-California border.
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Timber tax cuts cost Oregon towns billions. Then clear-cuts polluted their water and drove up its price

By Tony Schick and Rob Davis   01/01/21  
On a damp night in November 2019, dozens of residents packed into the local firehouse in Corbett, a town about 30 miles outside of Portland. Water manager Jeff Busto told the crowd that logging had…
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Pacific Power says Oregon customers will benefit from lower bills in 2021

More than 600,000 Pacific Power customers in Oregon will see welcome relief when their electric bills go down an average of approximately 5.2 percent in January 2021.
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Opponents of Oregon’s climate policies argue for another chance to sue

By Dirk Vanderhart   12/29/20  
Opponents of a statewide policy aimed at steeply decreasing Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades faced a legal setback in November, when a Marion County judge ruled they didn’t have standing to sue.
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Toxic Algae Blooms At Oregon-California Border Spurred By Climate Change, Study Says

By Erik Neumann   12/29/20  
The study published in the journal Frontiers in Climate shows climate change and a 2013-2015 Pacific Ocean heatwave, often called “the blob”, have increased the growth of toxic algae off Humboldt County in Northern California.
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Pacific Power rates to drop in 2021 with shift away from coal

By Cassandra Profita   12/24/20  
Pacific Power customers in Oregon will see lower rates on their electric bills next month — in part because of the utility’s shift away from coal-fired power.
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Oregon wildfires are adding more fuel to young activists’ legal climate battle

By Lee Van Der Voo   12/23/20  
In early September, Jacob Lebel was in Clackamas, Oregon, preparing to relocate a tannery to his family’s Rose Hills Farms when fire broke out 180 miles away. He was quickly summoned back.
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The Covid Recovery Must Begin With Climate Action

By Martin J. Wash And La Toya Cantrell   12/22/20  
Global pandemics and deadly climate disasters should be once-in-a-generation crises. But in 2020, U.S. mayors from coast to coast have been forced to confront both.
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Climate Change: Oregon’s Western Cascades Watershed to Experience Larger, More Frequent Fires

The Clackamas Basin rarely experiences the intense fire activity that burned in the watershed during the Labor Day fires, but new research out of Portland State University shows that wildfires like the Riverside Fire, which…
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Researchers Identify Which West Coast Regions Hold Greatest Wave Energy Potential

By Doe Science   12/21/20  
Washington and Oregon coastlines are home not only to sea stacks and vistas, they also hold the most promising areas to pull power from West Coast waves, according to a recent study published in the…
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First phase of renewable energy facility goes online

By Jade McDowell   12/16/20  
The first phase of the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility in rural Morrow County, Ore., is now operational.
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OHA report on climate change and health exposes inequities

By Sydney Kurle   12/16/20  
A new climate change report from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)  says that as natural disasters worsen, the health effects of these events will disproportionately affect communities of color, tribal communities, and people of lower income status.
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Turning Pressure into Energy and Dollars

By Jennifer Allen Newton   12/15/20  
Managing water can be a high-pressure job — in every sense of the word. Water agencies are grappling with aging infrastructure, water loss, declining revenues, and rising operational costs. Energy is typically the second largest…
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Filling the Void

By Nick Cunnigham   12/15/20  
Driving south on Highway 19 from Arlington on the Columbia River, the road climbs steadily through rolling hills. After only a few miles, the road reaches the Columbia plateau, where dryland wheat farms stretch as…
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First phase of Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility now online

By Jade Mcdowell   12/14/20  
The first phase of the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility in Morrow County is now operational.
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Oregon’s Western Cascades watershed to experience larger, more frequent fires

By Portland State University   12/14/20  
The Clackamas Basin rarely experiences the intense fire activity that burned in the watershed during the Labor Day fires, but new research out of Portland State University shows that wildfires like the Riverside Fire, which…
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OHA report on health impacts of climate change exposes inequities

A new report on the public health impacts of rapidly accelerating climate change in Oregon says natural disasters such as extreme storms, floods and wildfires continue to worsen, and disproportionately affect communities of color, tribal…
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Oregon hybrid project springs into action

Portland General Electric (PGE) has started commercial power generation at the Wheatridge hybrid facility in Eastern Oregon, with the 300MW wind component coming online.  
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Baby Yoda gives Force boost to Western wildfire lines

Beleaguered firefighters in the western United States have a new force on their side: Baby Yoda. A 5-year-old Oregon boy and his grandmother delivered a toy version of the pointy-eared Force user to a donation…
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These Are The Towns Destroyed By The West Coast Wildfires

By Carla Herreria Russo   09/11/20  
California breached a grim record on Thursday when the August Complex fire became the state’s largest-ever recorded wildfire, burning an estimated 471,185 acres north of Sacramento.
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A Siege of 80 Large, Uncontained Wildfires Sweeps the Hot, Dry West

By Michael Kodas   09/09/20  
"The incidence of these extreme events, which are basically outliers, will become more common," said Robert Gray, a forest fire ecologist in British Columbia.
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Federal plan for Columbia River system dams sees opposition

By Katy Nesbitt   09/07/20  
A final plan impacting the Columbia River system released earlier this month has some anglers and conservationists still looking for more answers. The Preferred Alternative in the Columbia River System Operational Final Environmental Impact Statement…
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Reporting on timber lobbying prompts Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to call for audit of state institute

By Tony Schick and Rob Davis   09/03/20  
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute worked to undercut academic research and acted as a lobbying and public relations arm for the timber industry. Now, the governor has asked for an audit.
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Smith & Hayes: Climate change order should focus on sequestration

By Gregory Smith and Peter Hayes   09/02/20  
The governor's Executive Order 20-04 deserves to be celebrated for encouraging 19 state departments and agencies to adopt climate change mitigation and adaptation as criteria to consider when making decisions and allocating resources.
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Report Pending From Oregon Global Warming Commission

COVID-19 is like an alien spaceship from a movie, the kind that blots out the sky and forces us to focus only on it. But other concerns have not gone away, global warming among them.…
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Survey queried Ashlanders on COVID, climate change

By Louise D. ShawkatSunday   08/30/20  
This year, Earth’s Overshoot Day was Aug. 22. That is the date when humanity has consumed its budget of natural resources and its budget of waste production for the year.
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Oregon joins multi-state lawsuit against Trump administration changes to NEPA

By Monica Samayoa   08/29/20  
Oregon has joined a multi-state federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration, over changes to a bedrock environmental law — rule revisions that eliminate environmental review and reduce public input for projects.
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Don’t Forget the Climate

By Camilla Mortensen   08/27/20  
One benefit of COVID-19 restrictions is, we learned we can make major life changes and still be OK. We are driving less, flying less and burning less fossil fuel.
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Lawsuit Looms Over Carbon Regs

By Sander Gusinow   08/27/20  
On March 10th, surrounded by children, climate-change activists and renewable energy advocates, Gov. Brown made good on her pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the Legislature failed to do so.
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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Trump administration wants to reduce critical habitat for northern spotted owls

By Monica Samayoa   08/11/20  
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to reduce the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat population by over 200,000 acres in Oregon. The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate protections for imperiled northern spotted…
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Oregon Climate Action Update: Key State Agencies Move Forward With Implementation Plans While EO Faces Legal Challenge

By Olivier Jamin and Derek D. Green   08/05/20  
In an earlier post, we commented on the initial plans of various Oregon state agencies to implement Governor Brown's Executive Order No. 20-04 (EO 20-04) to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Much has…
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GOP lawmakers walk out after Oregon climate bill advances

By Andrew Selsky   02/25/20  
Republican Senators Slipped Out Of The Oregon State Capitol On Monday, Preventing The Senate From Convening In An Attempt To Doom A Bill Aimed At Stemming Global Warming.
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By Pacific Power   01/21/20  
Pacific Power’s Oregon customers will benefit from lower bills in 2021 resulting from historic investments in renewable energy, transmission resiliency and modernization 
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Oregon Coastal Towns Confront A Fate Tied To Antarctica’s Melting Glaciers

By Erin Ross   12/23/19  
Scientists agree that sea levels are rising. The question is: How much and how fast? That’s an important question for communities along the Oregon Coast.
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