Oregon clean energy bill that places one of the most strivings in the nation for shifting to 100% clean electricity sources was signed on Tuesday July 27, 2021, by Gov. Kate Brown.
The legislation places a schedule for the state’s two main power companies- Pacific Power and Portland General Electric- in order to decrease greenhouse gas emissions linked with electricity sold to Oregon customers. In addition to that, it prohibits the new construction or expansion of power plants that burn fossil fuels and assigns USD50 million in grants for community-based power projects, amongst other measures.
Brown said that with all these plans, the government is trying to generate employments in a 21st Century, clean energy economy. The government will decrease carbon emissions. And, the government will assure the health, environmental and economic benefits of the state’s clean energy economy reach all Oregon, particularly those who have been excessively impacted weather alteration and pollution.The bill needs Pacific Power and Portland General Electric in order to present plans to decrease emissions by 80% from a baseline quantity by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
Vice president of Public Relations at Portland General Electric, Dave Robertson says that the timeline is a critical stance in the direction of the clean energy future.Robertson said that the bill offers an apparent path for this important change as protecting the reliability and affordability of electricity and it founds greenhouse gas decline aims that are in line with the weather objectives government set for themselves late last year.