GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - June 30, 2021
Oregon House Passes Sweeping Energy Legislation, Targets 100% Clean Energy
The Oregon legislature voted June 25 to adopt aggressive emissions targets and invest $50 million in economic development through renewable energy.
House Bill 2021 establishes a goal for the state to achieve 100% clean energy by 2040 with interim targets of 90% by 2035 and 80% by 2030. The $50 million Community Renewable Investment Fund will invest in renewable energy projects that are 20 MW or less, particularly in rural, low-income areas.
The bill prioritizes the decarbonization of the electricity grid to ensure that all public transportation, vehicles and all-electric buildings are zero-emission.
“HB 2021 sets Oregon on a clear course for local renewable energy development that provides
jobs, boosts community vitality, and supports economic recovery across the state,” Rep. Pam Marsh (D-Southern Jackson County), co-chief sponsor of the bill, said in a statement. “This historic legislation will serve as a catalyst for our resilience, helping Oregonians to thrive despite the impacts of pandemic, wildfires, and drought.”
The bill now moves to the Oregon Senate for consideration.