One of the largest contributors to our Pacific Northwest greenhouse gas emissions budget is the generation of electricity. According to the state Department of Environmental Quality, this sector contributes some 30% of our regulated emissions. Fortunately, as a result of HB2021 passed by the legislature in 2021 and signed by Governor Brown, by 2040, emissions generated from this sector will decline to zero. In order to achieve the above goals, we will need to adjust our energy sector substantially.
The February Southern Oregon Climate Action Now monthly public general meeting will feature Shannon Souza, Executive Director of the Oregon Coastal Energy Alliance Network discussing how we can improve our regional energy systems. Although Shannon has been working steadfastly to bring offshore wind to that coastal zone between Coos Bay and the border that has become known as the Saudi Arabia of wind, in this presentation, Shannon will broaden the scope of her talk to cover other renewable energy options available to the region and how they can serve both adaptation (preparing for the inevitable climate change) and mitigation (reducing the extent of that climate change). Among other topics, Shannon will address a common misconception about the massive amounts of renewable development that we need in order to support Pacific Northwest and west coast communities. She will focus not only on our policy/climate goals, but also on providing for resource adequacy.
There is no charge for joining the ZOOM meeting, but participants must register.
These meetings are free and open to the public