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March 2, 2016
Honorable Senator Peter Courtney
Senate President
900 Court Street NE, S-201
Salem, OR 97301
Nathan A. Sandvig
President
Clean Power Development LLC
PO Box 5734
Portland, OR 97228
Re: Veteran Urges Support of SB1547
Dear Senator Courtney,
As a graduate of the United States Military Academy, I was an Infantry officer and had the honor of
serving in Iraq, among other places. In searching for a purposeful and fulfilling career after returning
from the war-torn Middle East, developing renewable energy here to keep friends from getting shot at
over there was very appealing for all the right reasons — including our national security.
Clean Power Development LLC is veteran-owned Oregon small business, and I have a decade of
experience in the renewable energy development field. As a proud resident of Oregon and the sustainable
use of our natural resources, I am very supportive of SB1547 and a 50% RPS. Of the procurement
options available for new generation on an unsubsidized cost of energy comparison, wind energy is one of
the most affordable forms of electricity today.
Oregon and our region are well situated to be an economic powerhouse for wind integration and
absorbing solar oversupply from California. Combining energy storage with renewables holds great
promise in the Northwest. It is the next quantum leap in market growth and staggering economic
development for the region.
Specifically, 21st
century hydropower and proven “closed-loop” hydroelectric pumped storage can unlock
the greater value of existing and future renewables by integrating them cost-effectively without carbon
emissions. Our region has several very attractive and strategic sites that are suitable for pumped storage,
including redevelopment of a brownfield near John Day Dam that currently holds little economic value
and a significant unused water right.
In conclusion, I urge your strong vote on the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan. SB1547 will
reestablish Oregon as a clean energy leader, create hundreds of jobs and spur on much needed rural
economic development to our region by sustainably using our bountiful natural resources while achieving
our social and political goals.
Sincerely,

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Veteran urges support of SB1547

  • 1.     March 2, 2016 Honorable Senator Peter Courtney Senate President 900 Court Street NE, S-201 Salem, OR 97301 Nathan A. Sandvig President Clean Power Development LLC PO Box 5734 Portland, OR 97228 Re: Veteran Urges Support of SB1547 Dear Senator Courtney, As a graduate of the United States Military Academy, I was an Infantry officer and had the honor of serving in Iraq, among other places. In searching for a purposeful and fulfilling career after returning from the war-torn Middle East, developing renewable energy here to keep friends from getting shot at over there was very appealing for all the right reasons — including our national security. Clean Power Development LLC is veteran-owned Oregon small business, and I have a decade of experience in the renewable energy development field. As a proud resident of Oregon and the sustainable use of our natural resources, I am very supportive of SB1547 and a 50% RPS. Of the procurement options available for new generation on an unsubsidized cost of energy comparison, wind energy is one of the most affordable forms of electricity today. Oregon and our region are well situated to be an economic powerhouse for wind integration and absorbing solar oversupply from California. Combining energy storage with renewables holds great promise in the Northwest. It is the next quantum leap in market growth and staggering economic development for the region. Specifically, 21st century hydropower and proven “closed-loop” hydroelectric pumped storage can unlock the greater value of existing and future renewables by integrating them cost-effectively without carbon emissions. Our region has several very attractive and strategic sites that are suitable for pumped storage, including redevelopment of a brownfield near John Day Dam that currently holds little economic value and a significant unused water right. In conclusion, I urge your strong vote on the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan. SB1547 will reestablish Oregon as a clean energy leader, create hundreds of jobs and spur on much needed rural economic development to our region by sustainably using our bountiful natural resources while achieving our social and political goals. Sincerely,