HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ADVANCING E-GOVERNMENT

 

 

March 29, 2001                                                                                                       Hearing Room E

3:30 PM                                                                                                                         Tapes  29-30

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. Jim Hill, Chair

Rep. Rob Patridge, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kathy Lowe

 

VISITING MEMBER:                       Rep. Bill Garrard

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Mark Jolley, Committee Administrator

Alice Morton, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: HB 3164 – Public Hearing

                                                HB 3209 – Public Hearing

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 29, A

003

Chair Hill

Calls committee to order at 3:30 p.m. and opens public hearing on HB 3209.

HB 3209 – Public Hearing

007

Mark Jolley

Gives overview of HB 3209, which establishes the Oregon Renewable Energy Center and delineates funding sources.

012

Rep. Butler

Testifies on behalf on HB 3209. Makes introductory remarks regarding the Renewable Energy Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology.

092

Martha Ann Dow

President, Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Gives brief history of the current energy center at OIT, and further explains their proposal for developing an academic and educational based center.

125

John Yarbrough

Professor, OIT. Further elaborates on the OIT renewable energy center proposal. Uses PowerPoint presentation and provides printed materials reflecting the PowerPoint presentation and others. (EXHIBIT A).

360

Jeff Bissonnette

Fair and Clear Energy Coalition. Testifies against the bill, says the public purpose money is not intended for this kind of expenditure.

TAPE 30, A

040

Bissonnette

Continues presentation and answers questions from Chair Hill.

075

Brad Higbee

Renewable NorthWest Project. Said they are excited about the center at OIT, but not the source of funding since it proposes taking money from public purpose funds meant for low-income.

185

Debra Kennedy

Assistant Director, Family Services, Salvation Army. Members of Fair and Clean Energy Coalition and participated to create HB 1149. Says funding the renewable energy center is not consistent with the original intent of the bill.

210

Chair Hill

Asks why she does not think it is appropriate use.

220

Kennedy

Replies the money was designed to go to weatherization, conservation, renewable, and that an institution’s funding should come from another resource. Say’s the idea of the center is good, but with other dollars.

250

Chair Hill

Says he disagrees with her and that it does not diminish the dollars going to weatherization, etc, because those are different categories within the public purpose dollars.

270

Rep. Patridge

Says it is consistent and he does not agree, except that it must go through the Trust.

280

Kennedy

Says she agrees with that.

285

Douglas Still

Oregon Caucus of the NW Energy Coalition. Testifies against the bill.

350

Rep. Gerard

Asks if he would still oppose the bill if his organization supported it.

355

Still

Says he supports development of the center, but not with the Trust funds from SB 1149.

380

Varner Seaman

Oregon Energy Project Coordinator, Community Action Directors of Oregon. Speaks in opposition to HB 3209 and submits written remarks (EXHIBIT B).

420

Chair Hill

Asks what he proposes to fund the center.

425

Seaman

Replies, apply for funds through the Trust.

427

Jay Formick

Oregon HEAT. Testifies opposing the bill.

485

John Patterson

Mr. Sun Solar and President, Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association. Testifies against the bill.

500

Jason Eisdorfer

Citizen Utility Board, (CUB). Opposes HB 3209 and the use of public purpose funds to support the OIT renewable energy center.

TAPE 29, B

050

Rep. Gerard

Asks clarifying questions regarding CUB intent.

060

Eisdorfer

Says that is not what he said, but that 1149 money is for on the ground projects. Says he supports research and development, but that funding it is not the intent of 1149.

095

Rep. Lowe

Asks clarifying question.

100

Eisdorfer

Maintains his position about using the public purpose money.

200

Ron Eachus

Public Utility Commission. Speaks to funding streams within the 1149 and the funding distribution.

215

Rep. Patridge

Says he did not support 1149, he feels no affinity for the funding distribution, and will vote for HB 3209.

250

Ron Eachus

Says he is here to answer questions. Says the PUC does not think the bill is appropriate. Adds they thought the main purpose of the bill is different than the HB 3209 presents. Says the PUC want s to keep as much of the integrity as possible. Their other concern is that is only applies to a portion of the ratepayers in the state, and in 1/3 of the state the ratepayers are not contributing to this fund.

300

Rep. Patridge

Asks for clarification as to implementation schedule, who will be on the Trust and what its purpose is.

310

Eachus

Details the implementation process and distribution factors.

TAPE 30, B

040

Eachus

Continues presentation.

080

Rep. Patridge

Says he feels there is conflicting information about the distribution of trust funds and that is even more confusing.

110

Eachus

Responds and further clarifies the funding issue. Says the PUC is ultimately responsible, even thought they will send the money to a nonprofit board, and the board will make the operational decisions.

135

Chair Hill

Asks the timeline for setting up the board and when it becomes operational.

140

Eachus

Responds and defers to another staff member for exact date.

175

Martha Anne Dow

President, OIT. Clarifies the proposed role of OIT Renewable Energy Center. Says the intent is technical assistance and information dissemination.

197

Rep. Lowe

Asks if there are restrictions in the proposed budget related to administrative costs.

200

Eachus

Says no, the legislation does not specify any set amount for administrative costs.

275

Chair Hill

Expresses appreciation for Mr. Eachus’s presence at the committee meeting.

300

Chair Hill

Closes the public hearing on HB 3209 and adjourns the meeting at 5:10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Alice Morton,                                                                           Mark Jolley,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Committee Administrator

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 3209 – PowerPoint presentation, plus printed material, Oregon Institute of Technology, 11pp.

B – HB 3209, opposition remarks, Varner Seaman, 1p.