2011 ORS § 757.531¹
Emissions standard-based restrictions on long-term financial commitments by electric companies or electricity service suppliers
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(1)(a) An electric company or electricity service supplier may not enter into a long-term financial commitment unless the baseload electricity acquired under the commitment is produced by a generating facility that complies with a greenhouse gas emissions standard established under ORS 757.524 (Greenhouse gas emissions standard applicable to electric companies and electricity service suppliers).

(b) A generating facility complies with the greenhouse gas emissions standard established under ORS 757.524 (Greenhouse gas emissions standard applicable to electric companies and electricity service suppliers) if the rate of emissions of the facility does not exceed the emissions standard.

(c) In determining whether a generating facility complies with the emissions standard, the total emissions associated with producing baseload electricity at the generating facility are included in determining the rate of emissions of greenhouse gases. The total emissions associated with producing electricity at the generating facility do not include emissions associated with transportation, fuel extraction or other life-cycle emissions associated with obtaining the fuel for the facility.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, the emissions standard does not apply to greenhouse gas emissions produced by a generating facility owned by an electric company or electricity service supplier or contracted through a long-term financial commitment if the emissions:

(a) Come from a facility powered exclusively by renewable energy sources described in ORS 469A.025 (Renewable energy sources);

(b) Come from a cogeneration facility in this state that is fueled by natural gas, synthetic gas, distillate fuels, waste gas or a combination of these fuels, and that is producing energy, in service for tax purposes, commercially operable, or in rates as of July 1, 2010, until the facility is subject to a new long-term financial commitment; or

(c) Come from a generating facility that has in place a plan, as determined by the Public Utility Commission, to be a low-carbon emissions resource, pursuant to sufficient technical documentation, within seven years of commencing plant operations.

(3) Notwithstanding ORS 757.524 (Greenhouse gas emissions standard applicable to electric companies and electricity service suppliers) and subsection (1) of this section, the commission may exempt a long-term financial commitment by an electric company or an electricity service supplier from the greenhouse gas emissions standard if the commission finds that the commitment is a necessary and prudent response to:

(a) Unanticipated electricity system reliability needs; or

(b) Catastrophic events or threat of significant financial harm that may arise from unforeseen circumstances.

(4) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, an electric company may enter into a long-term financial commitment that does not meet the emissions standard established under ORS 757.524 (Greenhouse gas emissions standard applicable to electric companies and electricity service suppliers) if the electric company does not seek recovery of the costs in retail sales in this state.

(5) The commission by rule shall establish:

(a) Standards for identifying contracts for electricity for which the emissions cannot readily be determined with any specificity; and

(b) Emissions to be attributed to such contracts for purposes of determining compliance with the emissions standard established under ORS 757.524 (Greenhouse gas emissions standard applicable to electric companies and electricity service suppliers). [2009 c.751 §4]

Note: See note under 757.522 (Definitions).