SALEM, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown signed a comprehensive clean energy bill package into law on Tuesday.
The 100% Clean Energy Bill “sets the most aggressive timeline in the country for moving to 100% clean electricity sources,” with a deadline of 2040, a statement from the governor’s office says.
“With these policies, we will create jobs in a 21st Century, clean energy economy,” said Brown. “We will reduce carbon emissions. And, we will make sure the economic, environmental, and health benefits of our clean energy economy reach all Oregonians, especially those who have been disproportionately impacted by climate change and pollution. Oregon is leading the way.
The governor’s office added that the bills will reduce emissions, expand clean energy access and will create good-paying clean technology jobs in the state.
Below are descriptions of the bills from the state legislature:
- House Bill 2021: Requires retail electricity providers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity sold to Oregon consumers to 80 percent below baseline emissions levels by 2030, 90 percent below baseline emissions levels by 2035 and 100 percent below baseline emissions levels by 2040.
- House Bill 2165: Requires electric companies that make sales of electricity to 25,000 or more retail electricity consumers in this state to collect amount from all retail electricity consumers, to be expended to support transportation electrification pursuant to plan accepted by Public Utility Commission.
- House Bill 2475: Authorizes Public Utility Commission to consider differential energy burden and other inequities of affordability in rates.
- House Bill 3141: Reduces public purpose charge for retail electricity consumers within service areas of electric companies and Oregon Community Power.