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RNP Press Release
December 9, 2010

Oregon Governor Receives Renewable Northwest Project Clean Energy Award

Governor Ted Kulongoski Honored for Legacy of Clean Energy Action

Portland, Ore. — Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski was today honored by Renewable Northwest Project - a leading advocate for renewable energy - for his exceptional commitment to clean energy. The Governor visited Portland to accept the George Darr Clean Energy Award, which is granted not annually but on rare occasions when standout leadership is identified.

 
The award was presented by Renewable Northwest Project Chair Nancy Hirsh and Renewable Northwest Project Executive Director Rachel Shimshak in the company of the organization’s Board of Directors and members.
 
“Oregon would not be where it is today as a significant renewable energy leader if not for the Governor’s vision and action,” Shimshak said. “We are grateful for his dedication and honored that he could join us in accepting the award.”
 
Highlights of Governor Kulongoski’s support for clean energy include:
 
2003 and 2004: The Governor developed Oregon’s first-ever Renewable Energy Action Plan.
 
2005: The Governor supported renewable energy legislation, including improvements to the Small Energy Loan Program and the expansion of the residential energy tax credit program for solar energy.
 
2005: The Governor directed his staff to work with the Board of Higher Education to bolster research and development of renewable energy, including wave energy, biomass and biofuels research.
 
2007: The Governor championed landmark renewable energy bills that passed into law, including a Renewable Electricity Standard that requires large utilities to meet 25 percent of their customers’ needs with new renewable resources by 2025, among the most aggressive standards in the nation. He also supported the expansion of the Business Energy Tax Credit program to support renewable energy projects and manufacturing.
 
2009: The Governor championed a new program to accelerate and expand the use of solar energy in Oregon homes and small businesses.
 
“Strong leadership has resulted in Oregon earning top honors in green energy job creation in both urban and rural areas of Oregon,” Shimshak noted. “We celebrate Governor Kulongoski’s legacy and look forward to working with the next administration to achieve continued growth for clean energy.”
 
Past recipients of the Renewable Northwest Project George Darr Clean Energy Award have included Dennis Steinberg of PacifiCorp, Ken Beeson of the Eugene Water and Electric Board and award namesake George Darr of the Bonneville Power Administration, who worked together to bring the first commercial-scale wind project to Oregon in 1998.
 
Renewable Northwest Project is a regional nonprofit advocacy organization promoting responsible development of renewable energy resources in the Northwest. For more information, visit www.rnp.org.
 
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