Advocating for policies that help manufacturers remain competitive and grow is one of Oregon Business & Industry’s (OBI) most important missions – 23 percent of our membership is in the manufacturing industry.
The Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently completed a report on proposed changes in the utility regulations process that seek to make utilities more responsive to issues related to climate change and equity.
Regulated utilities operate in a unique competitive environment. Even with broad agreement on goals among stakeholders, working out the details of a new paradigm for something as complex as utility regulations will be difficult.
Discussions in Oregon about carbon reduction, particularly cap-and-trade programs, often lead to the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction went straight to the source for information, hearing testimony from representatives of the WCI and the government of Québec at the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction.