With some wins and some things put off until next year, Oregon’s short 2024 legislative session was a mixed bag for climate policies to support our communities and drive economic opportunities. Below is a session recap focused on our priority bills, along with updates on other initiatives at Oregon Business for Climate.

First: Thank You!
During the short session, our work on policy development, legislative testimony, and business sign-on letters prioritized a handful of climate+business bills. As in years past, we appreciate the strong showing of businesses who were able to quickly step up and join us to support key policies!

Arrow Carbon
AWS
Brockman Climate Strategies, LLC
Brooks Resources
EC Electric
Enduring Planet
ESS
Hope Well Wine
Indow Windows
Neil Kelly
NXTClean Fuels
Oregon Organic Coalition
ReRack
Ruffwear
Shift Advantage
Sustainable Northwest
Wildwood Mahonia

Wins
With the support of the above businesses and others, and the diligent work of many policy and community partners, we’re pleased to see some of our priority bills advancing to the Governor’s desk to become law:

  • Facilitating siting of stand-alone battery energy storage systems (HB 4015) – critical as we accelerate electrification and expand use of renewable energy.
  • Ensuring broad stakeholder participation in a roadmap toward floating offshore wind (HB 4080) – potentially enabling one of the country’s best wind resources while ensuring fair labor standards.
  • Getting visibility into our utilities’ work toward regional energy markets (SB 1581) – which will eventually provide essential balance as we integrate more renewables onto the grid.
  • Investing $15 million in ‘Healthy Homes‘ for lower income families, improving housing and supporting good local jobs in the process.

More Work to Do
Due to tight budgets and political constraints, some important bills and investments didn’t make it across the finish line:

  • Investments in clean energy technology manufacturing (HB 4112). This was a very high priority for us, as this call for a modest state investment would have helped Oregon land hundreds of millions of dollars from the Inflation Reduction Act to grow and attract businesses, create good jobs and support communities.
  • We will continue working with a coalition to expand and strengthen this concept for next year.
  • Solar rebate funding which would have helped accelerate installations, leveraging federal incentives and supporting our local solar industry.
  • Updates to our state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals (SB 1559) – which would have brought our 15-year-old state targets up closer to what the latest science tells us is required, while aligning many related programs and policies.
  • We’ll continue working with member businesses and policy partners to bring these and other critical policies into next year’s long session!

Membership = Policy Power
Now that the 2024 session is over, it’s time to increase our number of participating members showing support for strong climate policies in the 2025 session. If you’re not already a member, or know a company who should be, please contact Adam Nashban ( [email protected] ) to get more information and start the conversation! Some of our members also show their support on our Members Page, and members are our first stop in reaching out to businesses to weigh in on priority policies. Joining Oregon Business for Climate (OB4C) is as easy as saying ‘count me in!’ and our dues are scaled to work for businesses of any size.

Cleaning Up Our Fleets
While bringing your business voice to critical state climate policies, Oregon Business for Climate (OB4C) also helps businesses reduce their own emissions. Through our Breaking Barriers Collaborative, in partnership with other leading northwest groups, we host powerful accelerator programs to quickly provide the expertise and tools businesses need to take action. Our second Fleet Decarbonization Accelerator cohort is underway right now, and we’d love to have you join our next cohort in the fall. Contact Adam Nashban ( [email protected] ) to get more information and sign up!