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Regional Interests

How Eugene’s contract with local utilities could be a tool to reduce carbon emissions

The operating agreement between the city of Eugene and local gas utility Northwest Natural is set to expire in May. But the renegotiations are stalled because the city wants to include a carbon fee program to fund its climate goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If passed, the contract could be a model for other cities looking to reduce carbon emissions. Carl Segerstrom, the assistant editor at High Country News, recently wrote about the contract negotiations. He joins us.

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