Oregon’s Clean Energy Law

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Oregon’s clean energy law – the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) – was adopted seven years ago with overwhelming bipartisan and industry support. The purpose? Help our state transition towards cleaner sources of electricity, for the benefit of our economy and our environment. The RPS requires Oregon’s very large electric utility companies to purchase 25% of their energy from new renewable sources by 2025 (smaller utilities have much lower benchmarks). The RPS has proven successful beyond expectations and has helped to bring over $9 billion of investment to the state.

We’ve successfully implemented and defended our renewable energy law. Now we have an opportunity to take the next step and help transition our electric utilities off of coal power to clean energy resources.

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Types of renewables

IBR Hay Canyon #1    A diverse spectrum of renewable resources counts towards utilities’ compliance with the law, including wind, solar, geothermal and new or improved hydroelectric power.

Types of renewables

Jobs & Economy

Bend Solar FactoryRenewable energy development has brought more than $9 billion of investment to Oregon, along with thousands of jobs and millions in revenue for schools and infrastructure projects.

Jobs & Economy

Environment & Public Health

salmonRenewable energy powers strong, healthy communities and keeps our air and water clean for the benefit of every Oregonian.

                     

Environment & Public Health

RPS Progress

  progress By 2025 Oregonians will get nearly a quarter of their energy from clean, renewable sources. So far, every Oregon utility is meeting or exceeding its renewable energy requirements under the RPS, with less than a 1% impact on rates.

RPS Progress