Oregon Bill Would Increase Share of
by Elizabeth Ingram
In a hearing held Feb. 6, public opinions were heard regarding Oregon's House Bill 2136. This bill "creates [a] schedule by which [a] certain percentage of electricity sold by electric company to retail electricity consumers must be electricity generated by qualifying small-scale renewable energy projects." The bill says small-scale renewable energy projects include marine renewable energy resources.
The bill says that by 2025, "at least 8% of the aggregate electrical capacity of all electric companies that make sales of electricity to 25,000 or more retail electricity consumers in this state must be composed of electricity generated by ... small-scale renewable energy projects with a generating capacity of 20 megawatts or less or facilities that generate electricity using biomass that also generate thermal energy for a secondary purpose." The approach is scaled, from the 8% by 2025 goal up to 17% by 2040 and in subsequent years.
The Portland Business Journal reported that Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp oppose the legislation, saying it would drive up costs. The Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities said "PGE and PacifiCorp could be forced to take the energy from a limited pool of eligible facilities at whatever price these facilities decide to charge."
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