Sustainability must be considered in meeting the Commission's overall objective
of ensuring that customers receive utility service at fair and reasonable
rates. Energy efficiency and renewable resources can be cheaper than
conventional generating plants and avoid costs and risks associated with fuel
prices and pollution. In 2006-07, the Commission will revise its
requirements for energy utilities to submit least-cost resource plans, review
plans filed by individual utilities, determine whether to promote natural gas
for end uses where it is more efficient than electricity, and examine its
policies regarding interconnection of renewable resources and use of advanced
metering. The Oregon Department of Energy will participate in these
reviews, along with other interested parties and members of the public.
The Commission expects that the outcome of these proceedings will guide the
development of actions in 2007-09 to meet its overall sustainability
Plan Progress Statement
As of September 1, 2015, the Commission's progress in meeting its
sustainability goals is as follows:
performance measures and targets to gauge the performance of the Energy Trust of Oregon in acquiring cost-effective conservation and renewable resources: The
Commission adopted 2015 targets in November 2014 and considered the Trust’s 2014
performance in its March 2015 decision to extend the grant agreement with the
Trust for another year.
new energy pricing programs that encourage efficient use: The Commission:
1) Is investigating “Green Tariffs” for non-residential customers of
Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp;
2) Approved a total of 14 new utility pricing program since 2006;
3) Approved solar portfolio option price offering for Portland
a pilot program to demonstrate the use and effectiveness of “Volumetric
incentive rates” and payments for electricity delivered from solar photovoltaic
(PV) energy systems within PGE, Pacific Power, and Idaho Power service
the implementation of PGE’s automated demand response pilot program to
demonstrate its use and effectiveness in PGE’s service territory.
pricing for water utility customers that encourages more efficient use: volumetric pricing has been adopted for 95 percent of rate-regulated water utilities.
4. Additional Commission sustainability initiatives include:
1) Conducted a Rulemaking to implement 2013 SB 844 (ORS 757.539
Voluntary Emission Reduction Program for Natural Gas utilities;
2) Implemented integrated resource planning guidelines for gas
3) Monitored public purpose charge for NW Natural and Cascade Natural
Gas to meet Energy Trust of Oregon’s approved program budget;
4) Ensured electric utilities’ compliance with the Commission rules
implementing Oregon’s renewable portfolio standards including filings for
establishing implementation plans, alternate compliance payments, and timely
recovery of prudently incurred costs.
Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) process for electric IRP process improvements
and for modifications necessary for gas IRP implementation.
an extensive review of calculation methodology for avoided cost prices paid to
Qualifying Facilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA), resulting in renewable qualifying facilities receiving a more accurate price
that takes into account differences between different renewable technologies.
in the establishment and implementation of Avista’s Low-Income Weatherization
Program and in the improvement to Cascade Natural Gas’s and NW Natural’s
Low-Income Weatherization Programs.
a request for proposals for the ETO to conduct a Pay for Performance pilot for
energy efficiency in large commercial buildings.
a legislative report on the effectiveness of the ETO’s incentives and whether
such incentives could replace certain state tax credits.
10) Completed a
legislative report on the effectiveness of solar programs throughout the state.
11) Completed a
legislative report on the feasibility of energy efficiency power purchase
agreements and the cost-effectiveness of selling energy efficiency to electric
utilities at prices equivalent to those of new generation facilities.
with utilities, stakeholders, and other Oregon agencies in implementing the
Clean Power Plan’s 11b and 11d objectives for Oregon.