Energy and Environment

Mission. Advocate for policies that both protect business interests and advance environmental outcomes.

OBI’s Energy and Environment Committee is comprised of environment and energy policy experts from across the state and business sectors. The Committee meets semi-regularly and represents Oregon’s business community on important and timely environment and energy issues through policy development, engaging in the regulatory process, and fostering communication between representatives of government and business. 

In addition to a larger focus on energy and environment, OBI convenes two committees specific to air and water policies and rulemaking, and advocates for sound and effective policies at legislative and regulatory levels, and uniform and consistent application of regulatory and permitting protocols.


  • Support a robust, sustainable and competitive economy.
  • Enhance environmental quality for all Oregonians.
  • Ensure reliable, competitively priced energy from a diversified portfolio.
  • Foster innovations that integrate economic and environmental progress for both existing and emerging sectors.
  • Promote flexible, effective incentives over command and control regulatory mechanisms.
  • Build a sustainable Oregon by developing and protecting resources in ways that enhance the environment, economy and communities.

In November 2018, the OBI Board of Directors adopted the following policy position regarding the potential for regulation of carbon emissions:

OBI recognizes that climate change is real, and the business community plays an important role in leading a lower-carbon economy and supports state greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies that:

  • Result in actual global greenhouse gas
  • Are not used as a general revenue
  • Are focused on positive environmental and economic
  • Are fair and affordable for all
  • Do not result in a competitive disadvantage to Oregon
  • Do not focus on a single sector of the economy.
  • Address the unique challenges of Oregon’s diverse business sectors.
  • Are commensurate with the state’s emissions relative to global emissions and
  • Nurture Oregon-based innovation.
  • Include adaption and mitigation strategies for long-term

This policy remains OBI’s guiding principle in legislative and regulatory discussions regarding carbon regulation.