03 Mar 2016:
Oregon To Eliminate Coal
From Its State Energy Mix by 2030
Oregon's only remaining coal plant, in Boardman
Oregon has become the first U.S. state to eliminate the use of coal by legislative action. Lawmakers at the statehouse voted Wednesday to eliminate coal from the state’s energy supply by 2030, and to provide half of all customers’ power with renewable sources by 2040. The legislation was hammered out between the state’s two largest utilities and environmental groups. Clean energy groups praised the legislation as one of the strongest pieces of pro-climate legislation in the U.S. in years. “In terms of the coal phase-out, this really is precedent setting,” said Jeff Deyette
, senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. There is only one coal plant currency operating in Oregon, and it is the state's largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.
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