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May 17, 2021

Oregon State Legislature
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

RE: SUPPORT - House Bill 2021

Dear Oregon Legislators:
As members and supporters of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), we are writing in support of House Bill 2021. This bill will establish ambitious but achievable targets for reducing and eventually eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from Oregon’s electricity sector, which will support Oregon in meaningfully decreasing its economy-wide climate pollution and also drive the continued growth of the state’s robust clean energy economy, with its attendant local and high-quality jobs.
E2 is a national, nonpartisan network of over 10,000 executives, investors, and other business professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.
As business leaders representing diverse sectors and industries across Oregon, we know that mitigating climate change is essential to ensuring a sustainable and productive economy now and into the future—the cost of climate inaction[1] is too great to be ignored. And with the electricity sector accounting for nearly 30 percent of all of Oregon’s climate pollution,[2] the state must act to decarbonize our electric grid.
Driven in part by existing standards and government investment, the technologies to produce zero-emission electricity already exist. Catalyzed by smart Oregon policy like the Coal to Clean law passed by the Legislature in 2016, those technologies are being harnessed to generate economic activity and job growth in Oregon today. At the end of 2019, before the COVID-19 economic recession, Oregon was home to more than 56,600 clean energy jobs, including more than 7,500 jobs in renewable energy generation alone.[3] And these are high-quality jobs—Oregon’s clean energy jobs pay nearly 21% above the median wage for the state’s overall economy.[4]
However, these clean energy jobs represent only a fraction of Oregon’s true potential. With the right market signals to drive deeper investment in and deployment of clean energy technologies at the scale necessary, Oregon’s economy will benefit from additional job growth in the sector and move towards a decarbonized future.
HB 2021 will provide that market signal for Oregon’s energy sector. By setting ambitious but achievable climate pollution reduction targets for 2030, 2035, and 2040, this bill will provide the market certainty clean energy developers need to bring additional projects and jobs to the state. Critically, HB 2021 includes language that will ensure strong labor standards and maximize benefits to local communities, including by dedicating new funds for small-scale energy projects that will provide equitable tangible community investments and jobs. While accomplishing all this, the bill will also protect ratepayers with a cost cap trigger and temporary exemptions if needed to assure system reliability.
Already, 9 states—including Oregon’s neighbors Washington, Nevada, and California—have passed 100% clean electricity bills like HB 2021.[5] Without an equivalent commitment, Oregon risks ceding its potential role as a national clean energy leader, as well as the jobs and investment that come along with that leadership. As business leaders creating jobs and driving economic growth in Oregon, we call on our state legislators to support HB 2021 and ensure Oregon’s standing as a hotbed for the growing clean energy economy and its high-quality jobs.

Shauna Alexander
Vice President, Sustainability , Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Ayelet Amittay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Wild Geese Mental Health
Edward Averill
Webkeeper, Engineers for a Sustainable Future of Oregon
Bill Boyk
CEO/Founder, GyroVolts by Ameristar Solar, LLC
Diane Boyk
Ben Brint
Operations Lead, Lyft​
Eric Brody
Principal, Shift Advantage
Becky Brun
Owner, Pitchfork Communications
Brooks Chiongbian
Corporate & Business Development, Sylvatex
Pat DeLaquil
Chief Executive Officer, DecisionWare Group LLC
Chris Dennett
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Heather Dennett
Kaiser Permanente
Sally DeSipio
Creative Consultant
Kiernan Doherty
Executive Vice President for Client Services, Metropolitan Group
Rebecca Eaton
Managing Member, Eaton Synergies LLC
Linda Gerber
Owner, North Logan Farm
Marianna Grossman
Founder and Managing Partner, Minerva Ventures
Robert Hamerly
John Hansen
CTO, Granite Peak Energy Inc
Lindsey Hardy
Waste & Energy Program Director, The Environmental Center
Bill Harris
Arthur Haubenstock
Principal, S2E2 & Grid Works
Ian Hill
CEO, SeQuential Biofuels
Kellie Jensen
Operations Sustainability, Lime
Judy Kent
Office Manager, Oregon Service Center (Appliances)
Marie Kent
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center (Appliances)
Reed Lewallen
Investor Care Team Lead, CrowdStreet
Dave Lipp
Owner, Thunder Island Brewing
Carter MacNichol
President (retired), Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc
Ken Margolis
Consultant, Ken Margolis Consulting
Aspen Mayberry
KB Mercer
Mike Mercer
Principal, MMercer Consulting
Steve Mertz
Owner, Tacovore
Tim Miller
Director, Oregon Business for Climate
Michael Mitton
Steering Committee, OCEAN
Hiroshi Morihara
President, HM3 Energy
Linda Perrine
Owner, Honor Earth Farm
Alan Scott
FAIA, Intertek
Andrew Shakman
President/CEO, Leanpath
Jane Stackhouse
Consultant, Jane Stackhouse Consulting
Alex Wall
Corporate Counsel, Privacy, Rimini Street
Charles Weiss
Account Manager, GEL America
Alex Wick
Founder & CEO, Cascadia Carbon
Erik Wohlgemuth
COO, Future 500

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