SALEM, Ore.-- Oregon Senate passed House Bill 2021 with 16-11 votes on Saturday.
This bill would require Oregon to use 100% clean energy by 2040. It would invest $50 million into community-based renewable energy projects to boost community-owned and developed clean energy projects across the state.
Several state representatives co-sponspored the bill including Representative Pam Marsh (D-Ashland) and Representative Khanh Pham (D-Portland).
"100% Clean Energy for All is a huge step forward for environmental justice in Oregon," said Candace Avalos, Executive Director of Verde, an environmental justice nonprofit based in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland.
This bill also makes Oregon the first U.S. state to ban new development or expansions of fossil fuel power plants in state.
Proponents of the bill said this will reduce pollutionj in communities, create local energy jobs and help rebuild from destructive, climate-fueled fires.