Oregon passes unprecedented law to transition from coal-fired power to clean energy
Aug 10, 2016
<h5>In 2016, Oregon passed the <a href="http://www.reneworegon.org/ten_things_we_love" style="text-align: left;">Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act</a>, a first-of-its-kind law to transition off of polluting coal-fired power while simultaneously DOUBLING the state’s commitment to clean electricity — like solar and wind — to 50% new, renewable energy by 2040. A new law requiring solar energy? This is a GAMECHANGER.<br/></h5>
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<p>Currently, about one-third of the electricity used in Oregon comes from burning coal, which Renew Oregon says is "unacceptable for our climate and our health."</p><p><br/></p><p>With the combined help of citizens, lawmakers, and utilities, Oregon has set a new standard of excellence in clean energy, passing an unprecedented new law to transition off of dirty coal energy. </p><p><br/></p><p>Oregon’s electricity mix will be more than 80% clean and renewable — some of the cleanest in the nation!</p><p><br/></p><p><b>What the new law does:</b></p><p><br/></p><ul><li>Transitions Oregon’s largest utilities, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power off of coal-fired electricity by 2030.</li><li>Requires the two utilities to generate 50% of their electricity from clean sources like wind, solar and geothermal by 2040.</li><li>Transitions Oregon’s largest utilities, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power off of coal-fired electricity by 2030.</li><li>Puts our electricity sector on a path to meeting state greenhouse gas reduction goal of 75% below 1990 levels by 2050.</li><li>Establishes <a href="http://www.ballardspahr.com/alertspublications/legalalerts/2016-03-16-oregon-creates-community-solar-program.aspx">community solar choice program</a> with guaranteed access to low-income families.</li><li>Encourages investment in more electric vehicle charging infrastructure – <a href="http://oeconline.org/the-hidden-gem-of-the-coal-transition-bill/">a crucial part of making it easier to switch to electric vehicles</a>.</li><li>Commits utilities to maximizing energy efficiency.</li><li>Includes incentives for utilities to invest in renewable energy earlier rather than later.</li><li>Adds a new requirement that the big utilities acquire more energy from small, community-scale renewable projects creating more Oregon clean energy jobs.</li></ul><p> <br/></p><p>This is a proud moment, but Renew Oregon is not done. <span style="float: none;">It will take a host of investments, laws and strategies to transition Oregon to a clean energy economy.</span><br/></p><p><span style="float: none;"><br/></span></p><p><span style="float: none;"><a href="http://www.reneworegon.org/welcome" target="">If you'd like to join the fight. Click here to sign the Renew Oregon pledge.</a></span></p><p><span style="float: none;"><br/></span></p><h5><span style="float: none;">Thank you to our friends at <i>Renew Oregon </i>for providing the original article below. </span></h5>
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