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Oregon Moving Ahead With Power Plant Reforms, Despite Clean Power Plan Delay

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.

OregonThe 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.”

It’s worth mentioning here that Oregon is home base for a number of solar photovoltaic (PV) cell and module manufacturing facilities — including SunEdison and SolarWorld facilities.

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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