Jonathan Lockwood
 Communications Director

HB 2020 exacerbates problems at Energy Department

SALEM, Ore.-State Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby, recently testified against House Bill 2020, which would overhaul Oregon's energy department and create a new "super commission." The state agency would be funded by Oregon utility customers.

The proposal comes as a response to years of scandal and bad deals that have plagued the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). ODOE has come under fire for wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on tax credit programs. Despite these problems, Oregonians are still forced to fund these programs.

Olsen released the following statement: 

"A joint committee was formed during the interim with the sole purpose of evaluating the performance of the current department of energy. There were eight legislators on this panel with expectations to come together to provide leadership on a new department of energy. House Bill 2020 is not the consensus bill of that bicameral, bipartisan group. Instead the bill creates a 'mega' agency and politicizes the department without any safeguards to ensure we don't continue the misuse of ratepayer dollars. We need a bipartisan, serious and focused legislative effort to correct the pervasive problems House Bill 2020 fails to address."


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