Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?
- Jul 7, 2018 9:14 pm GMT
Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard in place, ranks second in the United States for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33 percent of its overall electricity from coal – mostly from out-of-state sources.
A pair of bills wending their way through the state legislature could move Oregon even further toward a sustainable energy future by completely banning coal-fired electricity. If enacted, the “Coal to Clean Energy” legislation would prohibit utilities from delivering coal power to customers, replacing that supply with electricity from local sources 90 percent cleaner than coal generation.
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