Energy Mandates Call For Changes On New Construction & Vehicles

Governor Kate Brown has signed two new executive orders to move the state towards what she says is greater energy efficiency.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 11:17 AM
Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 1:20 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Governor Kate Brown signed two executive orders on Monday to implement green energy standards on vehicles and new construction. Governor Brown says these orders will move the state towards greater energy efficiency, accelerate the adoption of zero energy emission vehicles, and lead the state further toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

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The first executive order says new homes built on or after October 1, 2020 must include solar panel installation and commercial buildings are next to follow on October 1, 2022. By October 2022, all parking structures for new homes must include wiring for an electronic vehicle charging unit. By October of 2023, Brown's mandate calls for Oregon's Building Codes Division to require all homes to be "zero-energy ready" and equipped with high efficiency water fixtures. 

The second mandate aims to reduce gas emissions and address climate change by nearly tripling the amount of registered electric vehicles by 2020. Gov. Brown says she wants to see at least 50,000 electric vehicles on ORegon's roadways in just under three years. A large leap from the state's current 16,000 registered electric vehicles. 

You can read both of these executive orders here.

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