New tariffs and state policy cloud Oregon’s solar growth | OregonLive.com

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2018/01/oregons_solar_growth_faces_tar.html

It’s a mega-project, though not by California standards. That state’s 20,000 megawatts of solar capacity means that solar energy can meet half of its electricity needs — as long as the sun is shining. But it also puts California grid operators in the position of having to dump surplus electricity into neighboring states for free, then scrounge to meet power demand when the sun sets and evening demand kicks in.

Oregon, meanwhile, didn’t surpass the 300-megawatt mark until last year. Those projects deliver less than 1 percent of overall demand. The largest single plant, the 56-megawatt Gala Solar Project southwest of Prineville, was completed last year by Avangrid Renewables and Sunpower to supply power to Apple.

Will the Oregon Senate stick with the GOP playbook on pass-through income? – Oregon Center for Public Policy

https://www.ocpp.org/2018/01/05/pass-through-income-tax-break-oregon/

In 2015, 72 percent of the tax cut went to those making more than $500,000 per year (about $390,000 per year puts you in the top 1 percent). Another 22 percent went to those making between $200,000 and $500,000 in 2015, leaving just 6 percent for Oregonian’s who made less than $200,000.

The Oregon tax break on pass-through income is already estimated to cost upwards of $300 million in future budget periods. 

The Skanner News – TriMet, C-TRAN, Portland Streetcar Team Up to Launch Hop Fastpass

Source: The Skanner News – TriMet, C-TRAN, Portland Streetcar Team Up to Launch Hop Fastpass

Hop saves money

  • Once reaching the cost of a day pass, rides are free for the rest of the day.
  • Once reaching the cost of a month pass, rides are free for the rest of the month.

 

Hop is safe and secure

  • Registered cardholders enjoy lost-card protection, which safeguards their balance in the event of loss or theft.