Oregon weighs Clean Power Plan target

By Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal.

Oregon should easily meet its carbon reduction target under President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which will cut carbon pollution from power plants nationwide 32 percent by 2030. But the path to get there is not so simple.

The plan requires each state to make a handful of decisions – such as whether to go it alone or work with other states, how to measure its emissions, and how to handle emission rate credits.

“There are many issues that must be weighed and considered,” Palmer Mason, legislative coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Quality, told legislators at a three-hour joint meeting of the House and Senate environment committees Tuesday.