NW Natural delays plan to spend $40 million on Oregon climate program

Despite the encouraging headline and first few paragraphs, NW Natural is doing everything in its power to promote the climate disaster and undermine Oregon’s Climate Protection Program. – Alan J

Monica Samayoa Oregon Public Broadcasting, October 19, 2023

NW Natural has delayed its plan to spend more than $40 million on a state climate action program that could set back the utility’s ability to meet mandatory greenhouse gas reduction goals.

NW Natural, the state’s largest gas utility, recently modified its request to purchase $40 million in Community Climate Investment credits, known as CCIs. The utility previously applied to buy the credits on Nov. 1. According to a Oct. 13 letter, NW Natural is now delaying that purchase until June, or when the Community Climate Investment program is in place, after seeking advice from Oregon regulators and others who said the program wouldn’t be operational by November.

“They wanted us to delay recovery until CCIs were actually available to purchase,” Kathryn Williams, NW Natural’s vice president of public affairs and sustainability, said. “We do not know when those CCIs will be available. We are eagerly awaiting news on that.”

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