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Washington’s second CCA auction continues to demonstrate significant potential for new climate revenue

by Climate Solutions on June 7, 2023

[PRESS RELEASE] Washington's second ever auction for allowances under the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) this week raised more than $557 million that will fund climate and clean energy projects across the state.

Public Comment Opportunity: Avista Gas Rate Hike

by Greer Ryan on June 6, 2023

Avista is seeking to increase gas bills to expand the gas system when they should be shrinking it. Oregon has climate goals requiring gas utilities to slash pollution by 90% by 2050. However, Avista, a gas utility that operates widely in Southern Oregon, is in front of the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), seeking to raise an additional $10.9 million a year, resulting in an average 8.1% increase in residential gas bills. 

A new fire season is here; will legislators get it together?

by Juan M. Muñoz Jiménez on June 2, 2023

In this week's ClimateCast: Debt ceiling raised with climate consequences, Oregon legislation crippled due to GOP walkouts, insurers batten down the hatches against climate impacts.

Public Comment Opportunity: NW Natural’s Long-Term Plan

by Greer Ryan on May 31, 2023

NW Natural doesn't have a realistic plan to meet Oregon's climate goals. Tell the Commission to send them back to the drawing board.

Oregon GOP Walkout Threatens Climate Progress AGAIN

by Meredith Connolly on May 26, 2023

By denying quorum for the state Senate to do business, Oregon's Senate Republicans have ground all progress in the Oregon legislature — and even the state budget — to a halt. The state’s climate agenda hangs in the balance among many other critical priorities.

Can't quite beat the heat

by Stephanie Noren on May 19, 2023

Induced paralysis in the Oregon State Legislature: here we go again. Plus record-setting heat across the PNW, breaching 1.5C of global temperature rise, and more in this week's ClimateCast

No reason to delay climate action on buildings in WA

by Deepa Sivarajan on May 16, 2023

Washington State's building industry is now trying to take that win away by asking the State Building Code Council to delay implementing the codes set to go into effect on July 1, 2023.

Hey Oregon, Speak up for Building Resilience! Email your Legislator

by Meredith Connolly on May 12, 2023

We think you’ll agree: Every single Oregonian deserves to be protected from the climate crisis.  This session, lawmakers have the power to move us toward that reality. By passing the Resilient, Efficient Buildings package, we can reduce climate pollution from our homes and buildings, protect families from extreme temperatures and wildfire smoke, and lower skyrocketing utility bills. 

Speak up for Climate Action! Email your Legislator in Oregon

by Meredith Connolly on May 10, 2023

Did you know the Oregon Legislature hasn’t updated our state climate goals in over 15 years? We’ve fallen out of step with the Paris Climate Accord’s ambitions to keep the world below 1.5-degree warming. Washington, California and other states have updated their climate targets to be in line with what science demands, but Oregon still has not.

Permission granted: Washington's clean energy transition will be efficient, equitable and effective

by Altinay Karasapan on May 8, 2023

More on HB 1216, designed to help bring more new clean energy projects and associated jobs to the state.

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