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February 19, 2019

Dear Oregon Legislators:
As members, supporters, and partners of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), we are writing in support of House Bill 2020 – also known as the Clean Energy Jobs bill. This bill would create a Cap-and-Invest program, providing Oregon with a cost-effective path to reduce the emissions driving climate change. A well-designed Cap-and-Invest program that enables linkage to regional markets will strengthen and expand Oregon’s clean energy economy and drive investments to the state’s working and natural lands.
E2 is a non-partisan, national community of business leaders from every sector of the economy who advocate for policy that is good for the economy and good for the environment. E2 members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and currently manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. Our E2 Pacific Northwest Chapter was founded in 2009 and now includes businesspeople working throughout Oregon’s economy, including clean energy entrepreneurs, farmers, investors, and small business owners.
Thanks to smart state clean energy policies like the Clean Fuels Program, Oregon already has a strong foundation on which to build its clean energy economy. As E2’s recent Clean Jobs Oregon analysis[1] shows, more than 55,000 Oregonians now work in clean energy industries in the state—including over 11,000 rural Oregonians. These industries include wind and solar energy production, energy efficiency installation, and clean transportation development.
Still, this economic growth and job creation represents only a fraction of Oregon’s clean energy potential. The Clean Energy Jobs bill would send a clear, long-term signal to investors that Oregon’s clean energy market is poised for further expansion. Businesses are making 10- and 20-year investment decisions now and look for the right policy environments when making those decisions.  Passing H.B. 2020 this year will give Oregon a competitive advantage to capture the rising tide of investments and businesses ready to put Oregonians to work in clean energy. 
As experience in other jurisdictions has shown, the benefits of a Cap-and-Invest program extend beyond the cleantech sector and can create revenue streams and provide resources to Oregon’s farmers, foresters, and ranchers.[2] Allowance proceeds can be invested in sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestration projects in Oregon’s working and natural lands. And offsets provide a financial tool to working lands managers developing sustainable practices. Other Oregon communities will see benefits from expanded investments in energy efficiency and low-income home weatherization, enhanced public transit, and affordable housing and sustainable communities.
To maximize the benefits to Oregonians, the legislature must pass a strong bill that enables linkage to the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Joining a regional program with a track record of success will lower costs and expand market opportunities for Oregon businesses. To facilitate linkage to California, the largest WCI member, the legislature must adopt program requirements that are at least as stringent as California’s.[3] At a minimum, that means adopting a declining cap on par with California’s 2030 requirement that emissions fall at least 40 percent below 1990 levels.
While the opportunity is great, the consequences of inaction are devastating. The wildfires that tore through our state the past two summers illustrated this cost and the impacts that a warming climate can bring. The damage from these climate change driven disasters will place ever-greater financial strain on the state.
As business leaders representing a wide diversity of industries in Oregon, we urge you to support and strengthen H.B. 2020 and help drive the momentum of increased investment and innovation in Oregon’s clean energy economy and working and natural lands.
For more information, please contact E2 Western States Advocate Andy Wunder (awunder@e2.org).
[1] https://www.e2.org/cleanjobsor/
[2] http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/

Stephen Aiguier
President/Owner, Green Hammer Inc.
Shauna Alexander
Vice President, Sustainability , Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Steve Baczko
Co-Founder, Oregon Business for Climate
Bill Barnes
Associate Professor, Economics and Environmental Science , Pamplin School of Business, University of Portland
Alyssa Bascue
Mountain Rose Herbs
Terry Becker
Chief Operating Officer, Arcimoto
Amy Berg Pickett
Community Relations, Cypress Creek Renewables
Sharon Blick
Organic Farmer, Living Earth Farm
Bill Boyk
CEO/Founder, GyroVolts by Ameristar Solar, LLC
Diane Boyk
Ben Brint
Operations Lead, Lyft​
Bennett Burns

Bill Campbell
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Equilibrium Capital
Leslie Carlson
Principal, Brink Communications
Keegan Caughlin
Two Rivers Farm
Brooks Chiongbian
Corporate & Business Development, Sylvatex
Steve Clem
VP Preconstruction, Skanska
Carole Connell
City Planner, Connell PC Associates Inc.
Bob Davee
Asset Management
Pam Davee
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Philip Denara
Core Leadership Team, Riff Cold Brewed Coffee
Chris Dennett
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Heather Dennett
Kaiser Permanente
Sally DeSipio
Creative Consultant
Sarah Deumling
Owner/Manager, Zena Forest LLC
Rebecca Eaton
Managing Member, Eaton Synergies LLC
Jeana Edelman
Owner, Hot Lips Pizza
Jan Fillinger
Principal, STUDIO-E Architecture, PC
Andrew Foy
MBA Candidate, Lundquist College of Business
Mike Franchere
Owner, Franchere Wine Company
Mark Frohnmayer
Founder & President, Arcimoto
Andrew Galluccio
Digital Marketing Manager, Dr. Martens - Airwair International Ltd
Linda Gerber
Owner, North Logan Farm
Jim Grisham
Barbara Gross
Winegrower, Cooper Mountain Vineyards
Isaac Hacker
EPC Account Manager, Borrego Solar Systems
Donald Hagge
Owner , VIDON Vineyard
John Hansen
Chief Technology Officer, Bio Energy Fuels Inc.
Peter Hayes
Owner/Director, Hyla Woods
Diane Henkels
Attorney & Consultant, Diane Henkels, Attorney at Law
Ian Hill
CEO, SeQuential Biofuels
Thomas Houseman
Winemaker, Anne Amie Vineyards
Brion Hurley
Owner, Business Performance Improvement
Pam Jacklin
Stoel Rives
Earl Jones
Owner, Abacela Winery
Judy Kent
Office Manager, Oregon Service Center
Marie Kent
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center
Stacy Kraker
Director of Marketing and Sales, Hummingbird Wholesale
Jonas Kron
SVP, Director of Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Investments
Casey Kulla
Farmer/Owner, Oakhill Organics
Geoff LeCoq
Director of Operations, Nossa Familia Coffe
Gordon Levitt
Legislative Coordinator, Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts
Karen Lickteig
Marketing & Sustainability Director, Nossa Familia Coffee
Brett MacDonald
MBA Candidate, Lundquist College of Business
Cameron Madill
CEO, PixelSpoke
Steve Mertz
Owner, Tacovore
Danny Metcalf
Director of Business Operations, Brew Dr Kombucha/Townsends Tea​
Jonathan Miller
Communications Specialist, Arcimoto
Jeremy Mohr
Senior Project Director, WSP USA
Moe Momtazi
Founder, Maysara Winery and Momtazi Vineyards
Sam Mumford
MBA Candidate, Lundquist College of Business
Brianna Murphy
VP, Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management
Erik Olbeter
Senior Vice President, ICF International
John Patterson
President, Neil Kelly Co.
Ron Pernick
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Clean Edge
Linda Perrine
Owner, Honor Earth Farm
Athena Petty
Sustainability Program Manager, New Seasons Market
Cathryn Poff
Christian Rees
Director of Installations, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Jessica Rykert-Holt
OTR/L, CHT, Kaiser Permanente
Jerry Samaniewgo
Sales Manager, Energy Design Co.
Andrew Shakman
President/CEO, Leanpath
Ed Sloop
Carolyn Stein
Executive Director, BRING Recycling
Wali Via
Winter Green Farm
Alex Wall
Corporate Counsel, Privacy, Rimini Street
Peter Weisberg
Senior Portfolio Manager, The Climate Trust
Charles Weiss
Account Manager, GEL America
Erik Wohlgemuth
COO, Future 500
Rob Zako
Executive Director, Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation (BEST)

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