Oregon Policy Work

Implementing the Transition to Clean Electricity

In 2016, the Oregon legislature passed the Senate Bill 1547, Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan, which increases the share of new renewables to 50% in 2040, and removes coal from our power mix.

We were proud to support this effort, celebrated the passage of this landmark legislation, and is now involved in ensuring that it is implemented in an effective and equitable manner.

We are involved in key areas of rulemaking around the community solar provisions of the bill, including a goal that 10% of the project capacity serve low-income customers. We are also ensuring that smaller renewable energy projects are a core part of Oregon’s energy future, and that there is a full valuation of the environmental, social, and grid support benefits of solar energy.

Continuing Growth of Residential Renewables and Energy Efficiency

Opportunities for residential customers to reduce their energy use and directly benefit from renewable energy is a key economic development tool. There are some important benefits and incentives that are at risk of expiring in Oregon if no action is taken, including the Residential Energy Tax Credit and a property tax exemption for small solar energy systems.  We are working with partners to extend and improve these programs, and ensure that they are available on a more equitable basis.

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