Earlier this month, Oregon became the first state to eliminate coal from its energy mix through legislation. The new law, which overcame opposition in the state legislature and was signed on March 11 by Governor Kate Brown, gradually will phase out Oregon’s coal-generated energy by 2030, and will require half of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2040.
This standard makes Oregon’s renewable energy regulations among the nation’s most stringent. Other stringent standards include those of Hawaii (100% commitment by 2045) and Massachusetts (indefinite 1% increase in renewables’ share of energy mix). Oregon’s previous renewables standard was 25%.
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