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Our understanding of the global need to act, and the state of renewable energy policy and news are rapidly evolving in Oregon, nationally and internationally. This monthly resource will keep you up-to-date with what's new both in OREP and renwewable energy conversations from around the planet.

From local communities to national policy decisions, informed and engaged citizens will advance the transition to locally-owned and locally-generated clean renewable energy. We encourage you to check back regularly.

January 2015
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Poicy Basics: Oregon FiT News

Solar Photovoltaic Volumetric Incentive Program: 2015 Report to the Legislative Assembly; Oregon Public Utility Commission, Jan 1, 2015


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RE News: Energy

Why More Solar Panels Should Be Facing West, Not South; Matthew L. Wald, New York Times, Dec 1, 2014

Temporal Power spinning renewable energy wheels; Richard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail, Nov 10 2014

Policy News: OREP in the News

Renewable Oregon; Willamette Live blog; Jan 8, 2015


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Policy News: Utility Innovation

Electricity's Un-Natural Monopoly; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jan 9, 2015

Policy Basics: Reports

Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Dec 9, 2014 (Download report…)

Policy News: RE Policy Innovation

Gov. Jerry Brown Begins Last Term With a Bold Energy Plan; Adam Nagourney, New York Times, Jan 5, 2015

The Connecticut Green Bank's C-PACE Program: Low-cost, Long-term Financing for Clean Energy Upgrades; Maria Blais Costello, Renewable Energy World, Dec 24, 2014

Policy News: Community RE

Xcel gets 427 solar garden applications in Minnesota; David Shaffer, Star Tribune, Dec 19, 2014

Environment: Climate

Climate Reality Check Network Comments on US EPA Clean Power Plan; 125 Organization Signatories including OREP, Dec 1, 2014

RE News: Solar

The International Energy Agency predicts solar power will supply nearly 30 percent of the world's electricity; Kristine Wong, Take Action, Sept 30, 2014


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Policy News: World FiT News

Solar steals the show in 100MW Ontario FiT extension; Lucy Woods, PV Tech, Dec 22, 2014

Policy Basics: Reports | Policy News: RE Policy Innovation

The adoption of advanced feed-in tariffs in Ontario: A case of institutional layering ; Paul Gipe, wind-works.org, Jan 3, 2015 | Report by Jacques Fontaine

RE News: Energy

A bit of good green energy news for your holidays, courtesy of New England; David Roberts, grist.org, Dec 23, 2014


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Policy News: World FiT News

Do the math! 1.7 trillion euros for German nuclear phaseout?; Craig Morris, Renewables International, Dec 18, 2014


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Policy News: US FiT News

Farmers Find New Cash Crop: Renewable Energy; Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, Nov 26, 2014


OREP's Vision for a sustainable, decentralized energy future:

  • A sustainable economy with family-wage, energy jobs throughout the state
  • Farmers, ranchers, tribes, and rural communities harnessing Oregon's abundant and varied renewable resources
  • Private and community ownership of solar panels across the built environment
  • Local financing of renewable energy projects keeping energy dollars recirculating in Oregon
  • Flourishing renewable energy industries across the state
  • Energy-informed voter support for renewable energy
  • A healthy environment, minimally impacted by energy production

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