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Earthquakes in Oregon - are we ready for the Big One

At our virtual meeting on November 9, we heard a presentation from Dr. Scott Burns speaking on Earthquakes in Oregon - are we ready for the Big One.

Bonus – at the end, Jack Kerfoot will give update on our efforts to send Zenith Oil in North Portland packing. He is starting to interact with a series of state and local officials to help them help us to say goodbye to Zenith Oil. This is related to the topic of earthquakes because Zenith is sitting on soil that will liquify in the presence of most any significant earthquake, and their large stores of fossil fuels would tremendously damage the Columbia River ecosystem.

Speaker: Dr. Scott Burns

Dr. Burns is a Professor of Geology at Portland State and is in his 52nd year of teaching. He has taught in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado, and Louisiana before coming back to his native Oregon 32 years ago. He specializes in geological disasters like landslides, earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, and tsunamis. He has many publications in the field, gives many talks in the community about these topics, and is interviewed by the news media often about these topics.


Presentation: Earthquakes in Oregon - are we ready for the Big One


Dr. Burns will talk about all of the earthquakes in Oregon (types and numbers and dates) in the past and will talk about how we must prepare for the future - both at the community level and individually. He will focus on western Oregon and the Portland area.

When: November 9, 12:00 to 1:00 PM PT

One PDH will be granted for virtual attendance at this presentation.

Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN)

At our general meeting on October 12, we heard a presentation from Shannon Souza, speaking on the Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN) .

Speaker: Shannon Souza, PE

Shannon is a sustainability consultant and contractor based in Coos Bay Oregon with the mission to support strategic growth, responsible development, and sustainable living. Her practice has spanned industrial environmental optimization, public water supply development, habitat restoration, renewable and net zero energy design, low impact stormwater integration, and policy engagement. As POET’s Policy Director she represents Floating Offshore Wind in Oregon and regional energy planning, rule makings and legislative arenas. Shannon also volunteers as Executive Director of Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN), Policy Chair for Oregon Solar + Storage Industry Association’s (OSSIA), councilor on Gov. Brown’s Resilience Mitigation Activity Council (RMAC), Board Director for Professional Engineers of Oregon (PEO), and Chair of the Coos Housing Action Team (HAT). She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and was named Oregon’s Engineer of the Year in 2019 for her advocacy for a “thriving, resilient Oregon”.

Presentation: Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN)

Presentation Slides

Shannon's presentation on Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN) OCEAN is a new non-profit based in Coos Bay Oregon with the mission to multiply and maximize benefits and reduce conflicts of clean energy development for Oregon’s coastal communities. Included is an overview of clean coastal energy technologies that OCEAN has been tracking and engaging in. She talks about OCEAN’s innovative approaches to energy equity in the forms of stakeholder project shaping through CoExistence by Design and advocacy for resilience and economic development to be considered in energy planning arenas.

One PDH will be granted for virtual attendance at this presentation.


Mike Unger, PE Retired 503.348.8716

Presentation: Northwest Power and Conservation Council

At our general meeting on September 14, we heard a presentation from John Fazio, speaking on the ”Northwest Power and Conservation Council”.

Speaker: John Fazio

John Fazio has been a systems analyst for the Pacific Northwest Power and Conservation Council since 1984. His primary duty is to assist in the development of the Council's regional power plan. He is the co-chair of the Council’s Resource Adequacy Advisory Committee’s technical subcommittee. He is a member (and former chairman) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Resource Adequacy Working Group, a subcommittee of the Risk, Reliability and Probabilistic Applications committee. He is also a member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Probabilistic Assessment Working Group (PAWG). His work for the Council focuses on assessing power supply adequacy, resource cost effectiveness, impacts of alternative hydroelectric operations and climate change effects. John also provides analytical support toward the development of the Council's fish and wildlife program.

Born in Genoa, Italy in 1952, John immigrated to the United States with his family in 1955. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1973. In 1974 he received a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Portland. As a doctoral candidate in physics at the University of Oregon, John’s research was in particle physics at the school’s Van der Graaf accelerator. He received an MS degree in physics in 1976 but before completing his Ph.D. thesis, he chose to move into the field of operations research and accepted a position at the Bonneville Power Administration. He has taught physics at the University of Portland, University of Oregon, and Concordia College. He has also worked on national and international projects related to hydroelectric operations.

Presentation: Northwest Power and Conservation Council

The presentation on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council will include:

  • What is the NW Power and Conservation Council and how does it interact with other regional entities?
  • What jurisdiction does the Council have?
  • How has the Council incorporated climate change into its planning process?
  • What actions are being proposed by the Council to achieve a decarbonized future, in particular the president’s goal of halving gas emissions by 2030?

When: September 14, 12:00 to 1:00 PM PT One PDH will be granted for virtual attendance at this presentation.


Mike Unger, PE Retired 503.348.8716



At our special meeting on August 26, we heard a presentation from Jack Kerfoot, speaking on” Zenith Oil Terminal: Multi-Billion Dollar Risk to Portland Area”.

Speaker: Jack Kerfoot

Jack Kerfoot is a scientist, energy executive and author of FUELING AMERICA: An Insider’s Journey. He started his professional career in the energy industry in the 1970s, when America was paralyzed by an energy crisis. He has spent 40 years traveling the world working with scientists, bureaucrats, tycoons, ministers, and heads of state. He has been interviewed on over 50 syndicated radio and television shows from New York City to Los Angeles. He is an outspoken advocate for renewable energy and blogs on his website, “Our Energy Conundrum” at

Presentation: Zenith Oil Terminal: Multi-Billion Dollar Risk to Portland Area

Zenith oil facilities are located in Northwest Portland along the Willamette River. Zenith uses the facilities to store Bitumen before it is transferred to ships to deliver to Asia. The bitumen is shipped via rail from tar sands in Alberta, Canada.

The presentation will address the following:

  • Tar sands, Bitumen and Dilbit.
  • Rail shipping bitumen to Portland.
  • The impact of bitumen oil spill in Kalamazoo.
  • The Portland liquification zone.
  • The risks of the Zenith Oil Terminal to Portland.
  • Oil spill scenarios.
  • Financial and Policy Mitigation recommendations.

The presentation concludes with a summary of the dangers posed to Portland by the Zenith Oil Terminal and ideas to minimize the dangers associated with operation of the terminal.

One PDH will be granted for attendance at this presentation

When: August 26, 12:00 to 1:00 PM PT

One PDH will be granted for virtual attendance at this presentation.

No need to RSVP—just click on link below.


Mike Unger, PE Retired 503.348.8716




Kenny Anderson speaking on the NuScale small modular reactor (SMR).

Speaker: Kenny Anderson

Kenny Anderson is a nuclear engineer with roughly 15 years of experience in a wide variety of roles in the nuclear industry, including established vendors and operating plants. After earning a BS in Physics from the University of Washington and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University, he has authored calculations in the majority of the main nuclear engineering sub-disciplines. For the past nine years at NuScale Power, he has been part of teams that have developed, justified, and implemented methodologies and software to perform analysis of the NuScale design for nuclear, thermal-hydraulic, systems (including control system feedback), and radiological considerations. In terms of research and application, Kenny is particularly interested in multi-physics modeling capabilities, uncertainty quantification, numerical optimization techniques, and the application of emergent technologies to nuclear applications.

When: August 10, 12:00 to 1:00 PM PT

Presentation: NuScale small modular reactor (SMR)

Kenny will give us an overview of the NuScale and comment on its safety. He will discuss other small modular reactors (SMR) and non-conventional designs.

Other items that will be discussed include:

  • Can nuclear plants like NuScale be constructed in a reasonable amount of time so they can have a meaningful impact on meeting the Biden administration's decarbonizing goals?
  • Can these plants be built cost effectively - i.e. competitive with wind and solar?
  • How does NuScale's reactor differ from previous large scale U-235 fueled reactors?
  • What is the anticipated NRC's licensing time?
  • What is the life expectancy of a NuScale plant?
  • What are the expected annual operating costs?
  • What are the primary advantages and disadvantages of the NuScale plant?
  • What magnitude earthquake are NuScale reactors built to withstand?

One PDH will be granted for virtual attendance at this presentation.

No need to RSVP—just click on link below.


Mike Unger, PE Retired 503.348.8716




Note, because of phone noise and interruptions there were three places we cut some seconds out of the video, but it didn't affect content.

Direct Access to Downloadable File of Zoom Presentation}:

Presentation from Blain Collison speaking on Renewable Thermal.

At ESF's virtual general meeting on February 9, we heard a presentation from Blain Collison speaking on Renewable Thermal.

Speaker: Blain Collison:

Blaine Collison is the Senior Vice-President at David Gardiner and Associates, a clean energy policy firm in Arlington, VA. He also manages the Renewable Thermal Collaborative. Blaine was previously the Managing Director of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships for Altenex and then Edison Energy, where he helped commercial, industrial and institutional energy users execute and communicate strategic renewable energy procurement. Prior to joining Altenex in April 2014, Blaine lead the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, helping more than 1500 commercial and institutional energy buyers source new renewable energy for their U.S. operations. Blaine has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Presentation: Renewable Thermal:

Decarbonizing thermal energy – industrial processes, the heating and cooling of buildings – is one of the great challenges of global efforts to address climate change. The barriers – technical, economic, structural, and human – are significant.

The Renewable Thermal Collaborative(RTC) was created to address these barriers and drive acceleration of renewable solutions for industry, institutions, businesses, and consumers.

This presentation provided an overview of the Renewable Thermal Collaborative(RTC), the challenges across the market, what companies are doing about them, and perspective on the future.


Presentation: Daimler's Future Electric Commercial Vehicles in North America

At our general meeting on Tuesday, December 8 we had:

Alexander Voets is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Daimler's future electric commercial vehicles in North America. Mr. Voets has spent his career in areas where automotive and technology industries meet. He has launched several Connected Car projects, oversaw the Autonomous Driving team for an OEM and served as Software Development Manager for in-vehicle entertainment applications. Alexander holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Technology Aachen (RWTH Aachen) in Germany and master’s degree in Engineering and Management from Tsinghua University Beijing.

Presentation: Daimler's Future Electric Commercial Vehicles in North America

If the following link doesn't work for you, please let me know:

PDF SLIDES: Daimler's Future Electric Commercial Vehicles in North America

Under its Freightliner brand, Daimler Trucks will introduce class 6-8 battery-electric trucks to the market in 2022 and is currently working closely with its customers to actively shape these products. With its Innovation Fleet and Customer Experience Fleet pilot projects, Freightliner already has over 35 trucks in customer hands that deliver real freight on real routes today.

Speaker: Alexander Voets

Alexander Voets is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Daimler's future electric commercial vehicles in North America. Mr. Voets has spent his career in areas where automotive and technology industries meet. He has launched several Connected Car projects, oversaw the Autonomous Driving team for an OEM and served as Software Development Manager for in-vehicle entertainment applications. Alexander holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Technology Aachen (RWTH Aachen) in Germany and master’s degree in Engineering and Management from Tsinghua University Beijing.

One PDH will be granted for virtual attendance at this presentation.

Best Regards, Mike Unger, PE Retired


“Northwest Natural’s Plan for Net Zero Emissions by 2050”.

At our general meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 we had: a presentation from Halli Chesser and Nina Carlson speaking on “Northwest Natural’s Plan for Net Zero Emissions by 2050”.

Speaker: Halli Chesser

Halli Chesser is the NW Natural Project Engineer for Business Development initiatives including RNG and Power-to-Gas. Prior to joining NWN she held various positions within the Engineering department at Southwest Gas and has more than thirteen years’ experience designing and managing natural gas pipeline and gate station projects. Halli has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Speaker: Nina Carlson

Nina represents NW Natural for public affairs and economic development in the Metro area. Prior to joining NW Natural she worked on local, state and federal education policy, serving on the board of directors at Rivermark Community Credit Union, and spent 10 years as a new construction sales manager overseeing sales and marketing for builders and developers. Nina has a degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Washington.

Presentation: Northwest Natural’s Plan for Net Zero Emissions by 2050

NW Natural plans to become a carbon-neutral system by 2050. NW Natural serves over 725,000 utility customers in Oregon and Washington and is a major provider of winter heating for homes and businesses. The utility has been exploring ways to lower greenhouse gas emissions from the gas sector by using the system infrastructure in new ways.

RNG (“Renewable Natural Gas”) will be a big piece of the puzzle and could become a new significant renewable resource in the region. According to a recent utility press release, “Renewable natural gas is a zero-carbon resource produced from local organic materials like food, agricultural and forestry waste, wastewater, or landfills. The gas can be cleaned and added into the existing natural gas system, where it is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas.“ Oregon's ground-breaking legislation also supports renewable hydrogen, excess wind, solar, or hydropower that can be converted to renewable hydrogen and blended into the natural gas pipeline system.

One PDH will be granted for virtual attendance at this presentation.


Presentation: ENERGY IN OREGON – Past, Present & Future Potential

At our general meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 we had:

Speaker: Jack Kerfoot

Jack Kerfoot is a scientist, energy executive and author of FUELING AMERICA: An Insider’s Journey. He started his professional career in the energy industry in the 1970s, when America was paralyzed by an energy crisis. He has spent 40 years traveling the world working with scientists, bureaucrats, tycoons, ministers, and heads of state. He has been interviewed on over 50 syndicated radio and television shows from New York City to Los Angeles. He is an outspoken advocate for renewable energy and blogs on his website, “Our Energy Conundrum” at .

Presentation: ENERGY IN OREGON – Past, Present & Future Potential

Powerpoint: Powerpoint file ENERGY IN OREGON – Past, Present & Future Potential

slides(PDF): Powerpoint file ENERGY IN OREGON – Past, Present & Future Potential

Presentation: PGE Integrated Resource Plan

At our general meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 we had:

Speaker: Franco Albi

Franco is the Senior Manager of Strategy Integration at Portland General Electric. His team is responsible for corporate strategy and integrated resource planning, focusing on building stakeholder trust and working with customers to provide the best outcomes for delivering clean energy safely, reliably, and affordably. Mr. Albi has been working in the energy industry for over 20 years leading development and implementation of sustainable resources.

Prior to establishing the Strategy Integration group, Mr. Albi lead various projects in power supply and power delivery including development, construction, and commissioning of the Tucannon River Wind Farm, Boardman Air Quality Controls, and T&D infrastructure improvements.

Prior to joining PGE, Mr. Albi worked with PacifiCorp and the Bonneville Power Administration. His educational background includes an MBA and Master’s in Civil Engineering and he is a registered Professional Engineer in Oregon and California.

Presentation: PGE Integrated Resource Plan Slides For Franco Albi

An integrated resource plan is a utility plan for meeting forecasted annual peak and energy demand, plus some established reserve margin, through a combination of supply-side and demand-side resources over a specified future period. On July 19, 2019, Portland General Electric filed a 2019 integrated resource plan with the Oregon Public Utility Commission.

Portland General Electric’s vision for a clean energy future includes measures to Decarbonize the electricity provided to customers, Electrify the energy economy, and Partner with customers to integrate their energy technology choices. Franco will share an overview of PGE’s strategy and some of the key actions they are taking, from bringing more renewables online to modernizing the platform to manage clean energy to enabling transportation electrification to making sure all customers thrive in the clean energy future.

Presentation: NEEA and Energy Efficiency

At our general meeting on Tuesday, November 12, we heard a presentation from Christopher Dymond, speaking on “U. S. Energy Trends”.

Speaker: Christopher Dymond

Christopher is a Sr Product Manager, working for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

He holds a Master’s degree in building systems engineering from the University of Colorado, and an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Oregon State University. He has over 25 years’ experience in energy efficiency of commercial buildings, residential technologies, policy development and solar power. Prior to joining NEEA he worked 4 years at EDF Renewable Energy as manager of emerging technologies where he did system design and due-diligence evaluation for both utility and commercial scale solar power projects, and 12 years at the Oregon Department of Energy an energy analyst on efficiency and renewable energy systems.

Presentation: NEEA and Energy Efficiency NEEA and Energy Efficiency Slides

NEEA is tasked with securing energy efficiency resources through actions that influence the market by working with manufactures, federal standards, distribution and other non-customer facing actions. These have resulted in resources considerably cheaper than building new power plants for the region. Christopher will present some context on about the regional resources mix and role of efficiency followed by a few examples of programs NEEA has been and is currently working on to effect change in the market toward greater energy efficiency. This will include current NEEA work on very high-efficiency dedicated outdoor air systems for commercial buildings and new opportunities in residential heating and cooling systems.

At our general meeting on Tuesday, October 8, we heard a presentation from Jack Kerfoot, speaking on “U. S. Energy Trends”.

Speaker: Jack Kerfoot Slides: us_energy_ev_trends.pdf

Jack Kerfoot is scientist, energy expert and author of the book “FUELING AMERICA, An Insider’s Journey.” He has spent over forty years in the energy industry working with scientists, bureaucrats, ministers, sheikhs and potentates on energy projects around the world. Jack is the principal of JL Kerfoot Energy Services and has been on numerous national radio and television talk shows to discuss energy issues in America and around the world. He blogs at “Our Energy Conundrum” at http://www.jackkerfoot.

Presentation: U.S. Energy Trends

The presentation discusses the driving forces and trends for each of the major energy sources (oil & gas, coal, nuclear & renewable energy). It provides multiple reasons (climate change, air quality, economics, rapidly declining supplies of all fossil fuels) for America to rapidly move to renewable energy.

The presentation shows that wind, solar & hydro are now cheaper than any form of fossil fuel and that it is imperative we look to increase the support for renewable energy, using multiple, irrefutable facts.

Transportation is now the largest source of greenhouse gases in America. The last few slides show that a transportation revolution is taking place in America and around the world. In Jack’s opinion, 2025 will be the tipping point when more people in America will buy new EVs than internal combustion engines.

On Tuesday, September 10, ESF will host a presentation on wave energy capture. Wave energy capture is an especially intriguing source for Oregonians as our state has significant potential for its development.

Speaker: Dr. Burke Hales

Dr. Hales is the chief scientist for the wave energy test site that is being developed about seven miles west of Newport on the Oregon coast. Dr Hales is a professor in Oregon State's College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.

Presentation: Wave Energy Capture

The Wave Energy Capture project is known as PacWave. It will provide grid connected wave energy testing in an open ocean environment. Oregon State has received a 35 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop and build out the site.

It has been estimated that, globally, the marine energy market could reach nearly $700 billion by 2050. The World Energy Council estimates that 10 percent of worldwide electricity demand could be met by harvesting ocean energy.

You won't want to miss Dr Hales' presentation on this transformational project occurring right within our own state.

For our May Meeting Presentation:Addressing Climate Change Everywhere, All Of The Time [but from a Milwaukie, OR perspective]

Speaker: Mark Gamba is the Mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon. He serves on the executive committee of the Metropolitan Mayors Consortium, is past chair of the Metropolitan Policy Advisory Committee, and serves on numerous other committees. Mark entered politics six years ago with a run for Milwaukie City Council. As a photographer for National Geographic, he witnessed firsthand the urgent need for all of us, everywhere, all of the time, to be working to address climate change, and realized public office was the place he could make the greatest impact. Mark is frequently invited to speak on climate issues, and is a past participant in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training.

Speaker: Kathy Hyzy, Milwaukie City Council Member, is a lifelong advocate for the natural world. She holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and has worked for a number of environmental organizations in the Northwest, including Renewable Northwest and Oregon Environmental Council. After serving as a citizen member of Milwaukie’s Climate Action Plan Committee, she was elected to Milwaukie City Council in November 2018.

Presentation: Addressing Climate Change Everywhere, All Of The Time Slides: rsf_cap_presentation.pdf

Oftentimes our policy focus on climate issues is trained on the global or national level, yet taking a stand on climate change is possible and essential for a city of any size. After months of input from community stakeholders, in October of 2018, Milwaukie’s Climate Action Plan—which will make Milwaukie a fully carbon neutral city by 2050—was finalized and adopted by Milwaukie City Council. Mark and Kathy will share how the plan was developed, the specifics of where Milwaukie is focusing its efforts, and how the plan is gradually being implemented throughout the community.

For our April Meeting Presentation: Biogas Utilization at the Columbia Blvd Wastewater Treatment Plant

Further information at: Renewable Natural Gas project

Speaker: Vu Han, P.E.: Engineer, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Treatment and Pumping System Division

For our March Meeting Presentation: we heard a presentation from Jen Coleman of the Oregon Environmental Council and Mary Peveto, Co-Founder of Neighbors for Clean Air on “Ditching Dirty Diesel”.

Speaker – Jen Coleman

Jen Coleman is Oregon Environmental Council's Health Outreach and Communications Director. For ten years, she has worked with Oregon Environmental Council to advance policies that reduce toxic exposures in our environment and to give people the tools they need to act on their health and environmental values. Jen has served on the governor's Environmental Justice Task Force, the Multnomah County Healthy Homes Coalition, the Healthy Communities Coalition, and more. Before moving to Oregon to work with OEC, Jen spent ten years working with Environmental Defense Fund in New York.

Speaker – Mary Peveto

Mary co-founded Neighbors for Clean Air in 2010 with friends and neighbors to work for stricter state standards to regulate air toxics in Oregon and to continue to strengthen and galvanize the citizen action necessary to effect change in regulating toxic air pollution. She is a mother of three who calls herself an “accidental activist.” She started organizing neighbors and parents when she stumbled upon a national study published in 2008 that showed her daughters’ school to be ranked among the worst 2% in the nation for schools at risk to toxic industrial air pollution. Mary guides NCA's policy work in addition to leading the organization as a whole.

Presentation – “Ditching Dirty Diesel” Reference: HB 2007: Clean Up Old Dirty Diesel: Slides: hb2007_diesel_oec_2_26_19.pdf The bill: hb2007_diesel_oec_2_26_19.pdf

Note: In the confusion on quorums in the Senate, this bill was in the Sunday, last day rush –> It passed. Probably not same as February version, above.

Pollution from old heavy-duty diesel engines is one of Oregon's worst air quality problems, taking a multi-billion-dollar toll on our health. And yet it's one of the most fix-able problems as well: engine technology and federal standards have made new heavy duty engines 95% less polluting in the last decade. The problem: old engines in Oregon are far outlasting their expected lifetime—and more old engines continue to be added to Oregon's fleets. The Oregon Environmental Council ha sponsored HB 2007: A bill to clean up old heavy and medium-duty diesel engines.


For our February Meeting, We had two speakers to talk about Wind Systems for the Northwest

Speaker: Michael Mitton

Michael Mitton is a retired biotech CEO. For the past 30 years he has been a climate activist. He has researched and compiled an economic development scenario for Coos Bay because he believes it can bring sustainable economic benefits to the region and help Oregon become a clean energy leader. He has no proprietary interest in any aspect of this project and hopes local leaders will pick it up and carry it forward.

Presentation: Coos Bay Offshore Wind Opportunity

Speaker: Steve Saylors

Steve is a Senior Member of IEEE and is currently employed as Senior Specialist by Vestas Wind Systems. In this capacity he serves as internal subject-matter-expert on electrical power generation systems, wind turbine design, and transmission system interconnection/integration issues.

Previously while working for the Bechtel Power Corporation in San Francisco, and Portland General Electric he was assigned to the design, construction and operation of electrical power plants, mostly nuclear and coal-fired; as well as power transmission & distribution projects.

Presentation: Offshore Wind Energy – Economic Development Opportunity for Oregon

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”,

  • Melanie Plaut gave an update on the Kalama Methanol manufacturing plant and
  • Kelly O'Hanley updated us on the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal.


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.

August 2018 Speaker: Steve Saylors. Presentation: Status of Wind/Solar Energy in the US

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.

Deborah Romerein presented a talk with slides on the Jordan Cove LNG Export project. A project with many pieces with descriptions as "the largest __<some activity>__ Oregon ever"...

Ed Averill on 2018-19 Opportunities for Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Kelly O'hanley spoke on the Health Consequences of the Fracking Industry -- both direct and via climate change

April 2018:Mike Unger and Ed Averill spoke on the group's Action Planning Committee planning directions

March 2018: Oregon's Energy Trust program supports an agency that makes sure the state's investment in helping citizens upgrade housing is done in a way that makes sense.

February 2018: John Perona of Portland State spoke on biodiesel

January 2018: Jana Gastellum, Program Director for Climate, Oregon Environmental Council on Clean Energy Jobs

November 2017: Gary Bowers of Northwest Natural Gas on Cap and Trade for NW Natural Gas

October 2017: Ed Averill talked about why he thinks the Clean Energy Clean Jobs bill (now Oregon SB 1070) can be good.

September 2017: James F Pankow of Portland State University talked to us about Geoengineering as the "What if? Now What?" possibilities.

* This article pairs well with Dr Pankow's talk: Geoengineering May Be Our Only Hope for Surviving Climate Change

August 2017 (No meeting, but ) our president Mike Unger released a new version of his presentation on 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:

Presentation Summary

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 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.

Before July 2016

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, 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.

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