On March 11, 2016, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation that will require the state’s two largest utilities to phase out imports of coal-powered electricity by 2030. The law also increases the Oregon RPS from 25 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2040. It increases the 2025 target to 27 percent and includes other interim targets on the way to 2040 (35 percent by 2030 and 45 percent by 2035). The legislation emerged out of discussions between the state’s environmental advocacy organizations and the two utilities, which sought to avoid a proposed ballot measure that would have required even more dramatic action. An overview of the legislation is available here and here. Read more on the coalition between environmentalists and utilities to support the legislation here.
Oregon Expands Its RPS
March 16, 2016
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