E2 looks to capitalize on momentum for cap-and-trade proposals after short sessions limit progress 2018.

After a short session, E2 Pacific Northwest begins looking to capitalize on progress.

  • In Oregon:
    • While a short legislative calendar failed to allow the “Clean Energy Jobs” bill time to get across the finish line, E2’s efforts in capital rallied supportive stakeholders and gained significant momentum, including a strong commitment from legislative leadership to advance cap-and-invest in 2019.
      • In February, E2 staff and members met with more than 30 legislators to make the business case for a carbon pricing proposal that would ultimately link to similar systems in California and parts of Canada.
      • This fall, in addition to key advocacy engagements with an important pre-session legislative joint committee and the Governor’s office, E2 is gearing up for a significant effort to ensure passage of a similar proposal in early 2019. We will be working to expand our member and partner base in key Oregon swing districts throughout the Fall and early winter months to drive deeper influence beyond our power centers of the Portland, Eugene, and Bend metro areas.
  • In Washington State:
    • E2 supported an appliance efficiency standards bill (HB 2327), which would save consumers and businesses more than $200 million each year on their utility bills by 2025. E2 also leveraged its strong low carbon fuel expertise to support HB 2338, which would have established a Clean Fuels Standard in Washington. While HB 2338 did not progress out of committee, stakeholders are gearing up for a success low carbon fuel campaign in the 2019 legislative session.

For more information contact E2 Western States advocate Andy Wunder at awunder@e2.org