Monthly Archives: January 2014

Legislative Days Jump-Start 2014 Session

As a prelude to the 2014 Legislative Session, lawmakers in Oregon met for the final round of legislative hearings before the chambers gavel in on February 3. The upcoming session will be the second voter-approved “short session,” a 35-day session where lawmakers are tasked with rebalancing the budget, updating policy bills from the “long session,” and introducing a limited number of policy concepts. However, it is becoming customary for lawmakers to introduce complex and controversial policy bills during the short session as a podium for their re-election campaigns. There was a strong dose of these policy concepts this week as they were introduced by their sponsors during interim committee hearings. Read more…


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Reducing the “soft costs” of solar energy, without attacking workers

I recently read an article on the soft cost of solar energy by Nick Lawton from the Green Energy Institute at the Lewis and Clark School of Law. While I found the article comparing the price of solar installations in the US compared to Germany incredibly interesting, one piece gave me pause. Read more…