At our January 8 meeting, we heard a presentation from Deborah Romerein, a member of a Portland based working group called Stop Fracked Gas PDX. Members of the group are drawn from many environmental groups including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Sierra Club and 350.PDX. Deborah is a business owner with a background in financial services.
Presentations:The Finance of Fracking, Jordan Cove Update and Kalama Methanol Project
To outward appearances the U.S. oil and gas fracking industry is in the midst of a decades long energy boom with record output and profits. But what is really going on? The industry has a little secret they don’t want you to know about.
In addition to giving a presentation on the “Finance of Fracking”,
November 2018 presentation_Dr_Andreas Schmittner Dr Schmittner is a professor and researcher at the OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. He gave a presentation on climate change to a joint meeting six years ago that was very well attended. So was his new, updated presentation.
Much of our understanding of climate science comes from books and periodicals. It isn’t often that we have direct input from a climate scientist.
October 2018 presentation_barbara_haya Barbara gave us a presentation on Cap and Trade from her research on California's system, and her studies of what Oregon's variant is doing.
Steve gave us a presentation updating his Oct 2016 presentation on the status of wind/solar energy in the US, and on ongoing power industry trends for energy storage, hybrid renewable power plants, as well as recent overtures for a system of renewable powered micro-grids & data centers that could revolutionize the grid by replacing central power plants and long-distance transmission lines.
* This article pairs well with Dr Pankow's talk: Geoengineering May Be Our Only Hope for Surviving Climate Change
July 2017 Hope Corsair, PhD, Assistant Professor from Oregon TECH, Wilsonville, OR, “Carbon Tax” and “Cap and Trade”.
* July 2017 -- Hope Corsair's Presentation on Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector:
Carbon taxes, carbon output limits, carbon cap-and-trade markets, and renewable portfolio standards are all designed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from the electric power sector and to increase the penetration of renewables. However, these different policy mechanisms create different incentives for the industry, and players will make different technological decisions based on these incentives.
Carbon taxes are an added cost to doing business and will drive technological change only if the tax is high enough that inaction is more expensive than innovation, and allows unlimited carbon emissions if there is willingness to pay the tax. Power plant-specific GHG limits are economically less efficient in that they force generation companies to implement high-cost emissions reductions technologies (or close) across all generators, rather than reducing more emissions from one plant and less from another if the net emissions reduction is the same but the cost of so doing is lower.
Carbon cap-and-trade markets drive least-cost carbon reduction methodologies across an industry and reduce the amount of carbon emissions allowed over time, but suffer from high transaction costs in the form of running carbon markets and verifying reductions and offsets; like carbon taxes, cap-and-trade may drive industry towards investment in short-term carbon reduction (e.g., natural gas) that may ultimately retard a zero-carbon energy future.
Renewable portfolio standards increase the penetration of renewables but do not address the issue of carbon emissions directly. As such, they can be expensive and less effective (both technologically and economically) at reducing carbon emissions – indeed there are circumstances of increased carbon emissions by systems struggling to meet these standards while technologically insufficiently equipped to deal with high penetrations of low-cost variable renewable sources such as wind. Renewable portfolio standards can also stifle technological innovation as the law must change any time a modern technology enters the market and wishes to be considered “renewable” under the law.
May 2017 Renee Loveland, BA, Director of Sustainability, Gerding Edlen, Sustainability and LEED Certification Presentation
Renee, an LEED Accredited Professional, discussed sustainability at Gerding Elden including project management leading to LEED Certification and early design decisions that affect long-term building performance. She discussed working with a variety of private and public-sector partners to secure energy-efficiency, renewable energy incentives and innovative financing structures.
April 2017 Michael Unger, President, Engineers for a Sustainable Future, Climate Change Presentation
Climate Change is the existential issue to be faced by the world community in the 21st century.
This presentation on Climate Change was given for the first time to an engineering group. Feedback from members was requested as it was deemed very to have it represent the views of Engineering for a Sustainable Future members. It will be offered to other engineering groups and to public groups.
The presentation is divided into the following:
What’s Happening? What’s being done? What can we do?
March 2017 Kyle Disner, Policy Analyst at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan
Presentation Kyle presented Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. The 2015 plan builds on accomplishments to date with new policies, fresh research on consumption choices and engagement with community leaders serving low-income households and communities of color to advance equity through the City and County’s climate action efforts.
February 2017 Dave Van’t Hof, Acting Oregon Director of Climate Solutions, 2017 Legislative Session in Oregon with Emphasis on Climate Change Presentation
David gave an overview of the 2017 legislative session in Oregon with emphasis on climate change. He will tell us about Climate Solutions plans for the session and tell us about opportunities for ESF participation. He will also talk to about activities regarding sustainability on the local level.
December 2016 Darryl Anderson, Anderson Engineering and Surveying, Direct Use of Geothermal for Heating. Presentation
Darryl presented information on elements of two direct use geothermal heating projects; the Town of Lakeview Geothermal Heating Project (providing heat to the Lakeview schools and hospital) and the Modoc Joint Unified School District Heating Project (providing heat to the Alturas schools and swimming pool).
November 2016 Danial Orzech, Oregon Clean Power Cooperation, Renewable energy Cooperation Presentation In 2014, the Oregon legislature passed a bill allowing the creation of Renewable Energy Cooperatives. The Oregon Clean Power Cooperative was founded soon after that, to provide a way for Oregonians to invest in renewable energy projects in their communities. Dan Orzech explained how local investment can be the key to getting solar and other renewables installed at Oregon’s schools, non-profits, churches and local governments, how renewables will affect our energy future, and the role they will play in the state in recovering from earthquakes and other natural disasters.
October 2016 Steven Saylors, Vestas, Wind Power Industry
According to the latest DOE reporting, wind now provided for nearly 5% of the total US electricity generation; up from less than 1% ten years ago. DOE’s Wind Vision has set goals for the US of 20% by 2030, and 35% by 2050. 41% of all newly installed generation capacity in 2015 were wind energy power plants.
Wind turbine generator technology and controls have advanced to meet the expectations of electric grid operators and planners; often exceeding the capabilities of conventional generators to assist in maintaining grid stability. Trends for larger rotors and higher towers have enabled the industry to reap wind in areas of the country that were considered economically infeasible five years ago.
Oregon has been a leader in renewable energy obtaining over 11% of its energy generation from wind; enough to supply over six hundred thousand homes. Wind resources are excellent in south-eastern Oregon and the Columbia Gorge area. The state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) sets targets for in-state electricity suppliers, requiring the largest utilities to provide for 50% of their sales from renewables by2040.
September 2016 Mark McLeod, 350PDX and Tracy Farwell, Better Energy LLC, 350.ORG and Methane Effect on Climate Change Here are a few questions Mark McLeod posed and answered briefly: 1. Who is Bill McKibben? What is 350.org? What is 350PDX? 2. In June 2016, Bill McKibben served as Bernie Sander's climate representative on the Platform Committee at the Democratic Party National Convention. What was his experience? 3. On August 15, 2016, Bill McKibben wrote a lengthy and very powerful essay, “A World at War,” in The New Republic Magazine. In that article, McKibben argues that, at this point in time, the only chance we have to a avoid “climate collapse” is for the world to launch a mobilization equivalent to the one that the US launched when it finally entered World War II in 1941-45. What do you think of this analogy?
4. What is “climate justice” and what is its relationship to “climate change?” 5. From where are the most impactful responses to the huge challenges of climate change likely to come? From governments? From the transnational business community? From the local business community? From grassroots organizations focused on building strong responses to the challenges of climate change? From Native Americans and other “communities of color?” Tracy Farwell talked about research on methane as a greenhouse gas that is, in the short term, far more destructive of climate than CO2.
June 2016 Sam Littlefield, EDP Renewables North America, Solar Electric Generating Facility Development
May 2016 Varner Seaman, Portland General Electric, Manager of State Legislative Affairs, Highlights of SB 1547, Oregon’s Electric Utility GHG Reduction Legislation
March 2016 Scott Nelson, Summit Building Engineering, Home Rainwater Collection System
December 2015 Rodrigo George, Bonneville Power Administration, Sustainability at BPA
November 2015 Kevin Hicks, LEED AP, PAE-Engineers, Net Zero, Bullitt Center Building in Seattle
October 2015 Christy Splitt, Oregon League of conservation Voters, 2015 Oregon Legislative Review and 2016 Legislative Preview
July 2015 Sam Hagerman, Hammer and Hand, Energy Efficient Buildings
June 2015 Vinh Mason, City of Portland, Climate Action Plan
May 2015 Devon Downeysmith, Climate Communications and Outreach Manager for Renew Oregon, Renew Oregon
April 2015 Dr. Wayne Lei, Portland General Electric, Biomass Fuel for the Boardman Plant
March 2015 Kevin Whitener, Portland General Electric, Salem Smart Power Center
February 2015 Dr. Andrew Fountain, Portland state University, History of Glacier change Investigations and Relation to Climate Change.
January 2015 Craig Ernst, Oregon solar Energy Industries Association and Alejandro Savransky, Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar energy in Oregon
December 2014 Carrie Hearne, Climate Solutions, The 2015 Legislative Agenda and how Climate Solutions is moving forward on Climate and Clean Energy in Oregon.
November 2014 Tom McNulty, DNVGL, Status of Wind and Solar Energy
October 2014 Lenny Dee, 350.org and Tom White, Green Globes, Building Energy Efficiency
September 2014 Patsy Feeman, Principal at Global Edge Solutions, Group Discussion, Clarifying Strategies for ESF
August 2014 Kathleen Newman, PhD, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress OREP, Small Scale Solar Energy in Oregon
June 2014 Mike Horner, Sierra Club, Member of Beyond Coal Task Force. Coal Trains / Barges in Oregon and Washington
May 2014 Bethany Foran, Chair, Portland Chapter of Engineers without Boarders, Sustainable Development within EWB. Bethany gave a presentation on EWB projects implemented in Tanzania and Ecuador.
October 2013 Carol Brown, PGE Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Integration at PGE.
June 2013 Clair Carlson, Executive Director, Solar Oregon, Energy Related Items before the Oregon Legislature. Clair gave a presentation of Oregon’s solar environment including distributed generation and utility solar projects.
May 2013 Brendan McCarthy, Government Affairs Specialists with PGE, Energy Related Items before the Oregon Legislature. The presentation included carbon tax study and emissions performance standards.
April 2013 Jana Gastellum, Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council (OEC), Clean Fuels and Energy Efficiency. Jana presented OEC’s work to implement climate solutions with focus on clean fuels and energy efficiency, solar energy and a feed-in tariff pilot.
February 2013 Dr. Andrew Harris of OHSU Global Health Center and Regna Merritt, Campaign director at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Coal Exports in the Northwest.
December 2012 Chuck Johnson, Director of Oregon and Washington Chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Joint Task Force on Nuclear Power, Nuclear Power at Hanford. Chuck presented information on the hazards of Columbia Generation Station and nuclear waste at Hanford.
November 2012 Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeepers and Greg Peden representing the Coalition for Jobs and Exports. Coal Exports in the Northwest, Point – Counterpoint. Brett and Greg discussed the merits of developing coal export terminals at five locations in Oregon and Washington.
April 2012 David Cohan, Senior Manager for Codes and Standards of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Energy Efficiency. David gave a presentation on energy codes and increasing compliance.
March 2012 Andreas Schmittner, Professor and Researcher at OSU’s Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. Impacts of Doubling CO2 in the Atmosphere. Andreas was lead author of a study of the effects on global warming from a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. He reported on the results of the study and also gave his perspective on the impacts of global warming.
January 2012 Dr. Chad Stillinger, Professor, Renewable Energy, OIT. Wave Energy. Chad presented the benefits of wave energy and recent wave energy prototypes at OSU.
May 2011 John Breshears of Architectural Applications. Building – Integrated Enthalpy Systems. John included in his presentation a discussion of Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, an agency formed to incubate cutting edge technologies
April 2011 Dr. Slobodan Petrovic, Renewable Energy Engineering Professor at OIT. Solar HOPE. Solar Hope is an organization formed to help change the energy outlook in Africa. Under the program, OIT students have installed PV systems in Tanzania.
March 2011 Margie Gardiner, CEO of Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). Presentation of BEF’s goals and activities. BEF is an organization that pioneers entrepreneurial solutions to remedy the earth’s most pressing energy, water and climate concerns.
February 2011 Jonathan Cohen, CEO of Image Energy (IE). Sustainability Goals of a Small Construction Company. IE has been established in 2003 to make a profound change in how citizens use energy in their homes and business.
November 2010 Sham Beri of PGE, The Future of Nuclear Power in the US. Sham presented information on the role that nuclear power can play in the future energy mix.
October 2010 Lisa Adatto, Oregon Director of Climate Solutions. Climate Change and Energy Issues
September 2010 David Clements, Professor of OIT. Bio-mass energy, Its Potential and Practicality
July 2010 Conrad Eustis of PGE, Smart Grid. Conrad presented information metering, demand responses, home displays, smart appliances and utility enterprise systems development.
June 2010 Jean Baumann, Sustainability
April 2010 Dr. Wayne Lei, PGE’s Director of Research and Development, Bio Fuels for Boardman Power Plant
March 2010 Mark Osborn of PGE, Renewable Projects Less than 10 MW at PGE. Solar and wind projects in both planning and development phases at PGE were discussed
February 2010 Ruben Plantico of PGE, PGE’s Sustainability Policy. Ruben presented information on PGE’s sustainability policy, PGE’s energy mix, and the future of Boardman Coal Plant.
December 2009 Lisa Adatto of Climate Solutions, Climate Solutions Programs. Lisa presented information on Climate Solutions Activities, Status of Federal and State Legislation.
November 2009 Don Bain of Aeropower Services, Wind Farms. The realities of wind farm development were discussed.
September 2009 Suzanne Leta Liou, Renewable Northwest Projects (RNP). Suzanne explained RNP activities – advocating for public policy measures, providing technical input for legislative and rule-making activities and encouraging renewable energy purchases.
May 2009 Seth Truby, Northwest Neighborhood Energy (NNE). Seth presented NNE’s proposal to create a central energy center and capture storm water.
April 2009 Lisa Adatto, Oregon Director of Climate Solutions (CS). Lisa gave a presentation on CS activities. There was also a discussion on CS and ESF working together.
March 2009 Katie Daily, Oregon League of Conservation Voters. 2009 Oregon Legislature
August 2008 Sallie Schullinger-Krause of OEC, Global Warming. Sallie gave a presentation on OEC activities related to global warming.
May 2008 Dick Roy, Center for Earth Leadership. Dick gave recommendations for developing ESF.