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Commission Approves Proposed Board of Directors for New Nonprofit Energy Conservation Board
 
February 13, 2001 (2001-007)
 
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, OR - The Oregon Public Utility Commission has approved the board of directors for a new nonprofit organization that will administer the conservation and renewable resources portions of SB 1149, the state's 1999 electric industry restructuring law.
 
The law required Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp to collect a charge of three percent of its revenues for the next ten years to create five "public purpose"
funds covering energy efficiency, new renewable energy development and programs for low-income weatherization and housing. Existing utility expenditures for these purposes will be removed from rates.
 
The Commission was given the authority to direct utilities to pay the revenues to a non-governmental entity and last October it approved the concept for a new non-profit. The nonprofit will administer the portion of the funds dedicated to new renewable energy development and energy efficiency, an estimated $50 million a year.
 
It may utilize competitive bids or other means to increase the level of competition in the offering of energy efficiency and new renewable energy to consumers.
 
"We have an excellent group to get this off the ground, there is lots of experience in nonprofits and lots of experience and commitment to the goals of energy efficiency and fuel diversity," Ron Eachus, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission said. "Energy efficiency and renewables are two resources we need more of in this period of high prices and this will be a new way of investing in them that provides more stability, more funding and more possibilities."
 
The organization will work to complement, not compete with, existing conservation and renewables projects.
 
With the initial approval of board members by the PUC, the final steps of incorporation and recognition as a nonprofit will take place.
 
Once the board incorporates, it will begin the process of hiring an executive director, developing a strategic plan and negotiating a contract with the Commission for administration of the funds.
 
The list of proposed board members:
  • Jason Eisdorfer - Legal
    Counsel/Energy Program Director
    Citizens' Utility Board

  • Christine Ervin - President and CEO
    US Green Building Council

  • Tom Foley - President
    Tom Foley Consultants

  • Suzanne Johanssen - Financial Planner
    American Express Financial

  • John Klosterman - Vice President of Manufacturing
    Rejuvenation Inc.

  • Cheryl Perrin - Executive Director
    Campaign for America

  • John Reynolds - Retired Professor of Architecture
    University of Oregon

  • Steve Schell Attorney
    Black Helterline LLP

  • Lynn Kittilson with PUC staff would act as the Commission's liaison as the Commission's non-voting, ex-officio member of the board.
 
 
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