Oregon Lawmakers Agree to 50% Renewables, Phase-out of Coal


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jeff Stanfield for SNL:The Oregon Senate on March 2 passed a measure that requires the state’s two major investor-owned utilities to quit selling electricity from all but one coal-fired generating plant by 2030 and obtain 50% of power sold to retail customers from renewable energy by 2040.Senate Bill 1547 B passed the Senate by a 17-12 concurrence vote after the House heavily amended and passed the measure in a 38-20 vote on March 1. Gov. Kate Brown, who in February joined a group of 17 governors to announce a joint commitment to promote clean energy, is expected to sign the legislation.Supporters said the measure was the result of a consensus among diverse groups of negotiators, including Oregon’s two largest electric utilities, environmentalists, business groups, clean energy industry representatives and ratepayer advocates. The agreement was reached after a coalition called Renew Oregon filed ballot initiatives to double the state’s renewable portfolio standard and force utilities to eliminate all coal-fired resources from their electric supplies to Oregon retail customers. Alarmed at the inflexibility, potential costs and strong public support for the initiatives, utilities cooperated in drafting the legislation that would give them some leeway and certainty for compliance.Full article ($): Ore. Legislature passes coal phase-out bill that doubles RPS to 50% Oregon Lawmakers Agree to 50% Renewables, Phase-out of Coallast_img

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