Oregon is the first state to pass legislation to replace coal with renewable energy sources through the Clean Energy and Coal Transition Act, set to be signed by governor Kate Brown within the next month.
The state plans to have major utilities supplying over half of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2040. In addition, the state will turn to using wind and solar power as the new legislation will directs funds toward increasing electric car charging stations and will phase out gas and diesel powered vehicles.
The act will help Oregon lessen its carbon emissions, placing it among the “top-tier renewable energy standards.” The state has planned to be 70 to 90 percent carbon free by 2035. The act has received support from both Environmentalists, who are excited about the states’ green future, and Utility companies who are eager to meet EPA power plant emission standards and have been given ample amount of time to make economical decisions for their power supply.
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