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FERC Order 1920: A Big Deal for Oregon

Oregonians, read on to understand how your energy future is getting greener with FERC Order 1920. Get involved and support solar initiatives!

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    FERC Order 1920: Solar Progress in Oregon

    You’ve landed on your no-nonsense guide to all things solar and sustainable in our beautiful Beaver State. Today, we’re unwrapping the fresh-from-the-oven FERC Order 1920, a game-changer for how we plan our energy future, especially when it comes to solar power. Let’s get straight to the point, shall we?

    Why Every Oregonian Should Care

    On May 13, a big announcement came from FERC (the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, for those who might not be familiar). They’ve put out a new rule called Order 1920 that’s all about planning our energy future more thoughtfully and sustainably. Why should we, the solar-loving folks of Oregon, care? Well, because it’s about making sure we can keep our lights on (and our carbon footprint down) without breaking the bank.

    For nearly three years, advocates from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) worked hard to make this happen. And now, thanks to Order 1920, utilities (the companies that keep our homes powered) need to plan 20 years ahead on how they’re going to build and pay for the transmission of electricity. This is big news because it means more foresight, more innovation, and hopefully, more solar panels soaking up our plentiful Oregon sun.

    What’s in the Plan?

    These aren’t just any plans. They need to be updated every five years and consider a ton of important things, like what state policies say, what utilities plan to do (those are their Integrated Resource Plans, or IRPs), and even what companies are committing to in terms of being greener. Plus, they’ll use seven special factors to make sure these plans are not just smart but also cost-effective. This includes how reliable the system will be and how ready we are for crazy weather (because, let’s face it, Oregon weather does what it wants).

    What’s more, this isn’t a go-it-alone kind of deal. State authorities (think local bigwigs in energy planning) will be working together with utilities, making sure everything makes sense for folks like us.

    What Happens Next?

    Order 1920 will officially kick in 60 days after it shows up in the Federal Register, and the first compliance filings (aka, showing they’re following the new rules) are due 10 months after that. SEIA isn’t stopping here, though. They’re planning to stay involved, making sure everything is on the up and up.

    And hey, if you’re itching to dive deeper, mark your calendars. Melissa Alfano from SEIA will be talking all about this landmark order in a webinar hosted by ACORE this Monday. It’s your chance to get the lowdown straight from the pros.

    A Green Future for Oregon

    For us here in Oregon, this rule is more than just policy. It’s our path forward to a brighter, greener future. It means we’re looking ahead, planning for a state powered by more sun and less coal, ensuring that we’re ready for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. For those of us who dream of a fully sustainable Oregon, Order 1920 isn’t just good news; it’s a rallying cry.

    Stay tuned, stay solar-savvy, and remember, every step we take towards green energy is a step towards keeping Oregon lush, lively, and lit (the good kind). Cheers to brighter days ahead, powered by our own two hands and the sun that shines on our beautiful state.

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