Published on February 26th, 2016 | by James Ayre15
Oregon Moving Ahead With Power Plant Reforms, Despite Clean Power Plan Delay
February 26th, 2016 by James Ayre
Despite the recent US Supreme Court decision to delay (or possibly scupper) President Barrack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the state of Oregon has apparently decided to press on with its own power plant reforms, according to recent reports.
The West Coast state has passed a bill that will require the complete phaseout of coal-fired power plants from the electricity generation portfolio of Pacific Power and PGE by the year 2030. The new bill also requires utility companies to generate at least 50% of their electricity through renewable energy projects by the year 2040.
Commenting on the bill back in January, Pacific Power president and CEO Stefan Bird stated: “Oregonians from all walks of life and across the state agree that it is time to move to a cleaner energy future. We do too. But, Pacific Power has an obligation to achieve that shared objective in an affordable way.” Bird added, though, that the proposals found in the bill were “doable and affordable.”