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Old March 3rd, 2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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Big Power Companies Hail Oregon Lawmakers' Approval Of Plan Phasing Out Coal

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Big Power Companies Hail Oregon Lawmakers' Approval Of Plan Phasing Out Coal

Oregon's biggest power companies will have 14 years to wean themselves from coal, under a new bill approved by lawmakers Wednesday. The measure has the support of Gov. Kate Brown — and the state's two largest electric companies.

Several environmental groups have backed the bill, which calls for requiring large utilities to ensure that at least 50 percent of their power comes from renewable sources by 2040.

...One of those utilities, Pacific Power, says the legislation "will reduce carbon pollution across the western states by 30 million metric tons — the equivalent of taking 6.4 million cars off the road."

Reacting to the bill's passage, Pacific Power's vice president of external affairs Scott Bolton says, "Working through the legislative process with a diverse range of stakeholders, we have meaningfully advanced Oregon's clean energy future in a way that is both workable and affordable."

The other large power company, Portland General Electric, says that it "was pleased to be part of a collaborative process that developed the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan."

Together, the two companies supply about 70 percent of Oregon's electricity....
Big Power Companies Hail Oregon Lawmakers' Approval Of Plan Phasing Out Coal : The Two-Way : NPR
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will the coal plants be allowed to offer up their power to the people directly on the open market?
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to me it looks like the two major suppliers of energy to the state are using the state to push the little guys out under the guise of clean energy. i would bet that they will be granted public funds to expand their clean energy programs. surprisingly over time w/o the access to the smaller plants power the energy that the two produce will become more expensive. state granted and funded monopoly all paid for by the citizens. sounds great.
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to me it looks like the two major suppliers of energy to the state are using the state to push the little guys out under the guise of clean energy. i would bet that they will be granted public funds to expand their clean energy programs. surprisingly over time w/o the access to the smaller plants power the energy that the two produce will become more expensive. state granted and funded monopoly all paid for by the citizens. sounds great.
Maybe not.
The new legislation does not apply to consumer-owned utilities.
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Maybe not.
The new legislation does not apply to consumer-owned utilities.
"The bill would require the state's two largest utilities to stop buying electricity from coal-powered plants by the year 2030. Supporters say that even though Oregon is a relatively small state, the move will help pressure energy providers to move toward cleaner energy sources such as hydropower, solar and wind.


this is why i was wondering if the smaller plants would be able to just offer their product to the people directly.

my guess is that is referring to your coal stove not a plant, but i could easily be wrong.
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Building more dams on the Columbia River will give a clean and renewable power source to both Washington and Oregon. The Salmon and Steelhead Trout will probably protest.
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This is the way solutions should be reached. With ALL the stakeholders at the table. I say, good for Oregon.
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Building more dams on the Columbia River will give a clean and renewable power source to both Washington and Oregon. The Salmon and Steelhead Trout will probably protest.

There will be no dam building.


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This is the way solutions should be reached. With ALL the stakeholders at the table. I say, good for Oregon.
Clean power advocates, however, say the increasing demand for renewable energy should signal that Colstrip needs to act now to diversify its economy or risk being left behind in an increasingly carbon-conscious energy landscape.

That, of course, is easier said than done in a town of 2,300 residents, where coal and the economy are so inextricably linked.

“Just about 100 percent of the population are either directly or indirectly related to the power plant or involved with energy production,” says Colstrip mayor and retired power-plant worker John Williams. The power plant and the mine each employ nearly 400 people, and many fear those totals would be slashed if production at the generating station is scaled back.

Williams and other opponents of the Washington legislation argue that the economic impact of closures at the generating station would not just be confined to Colstrip, but would reverberate throughout Montana.

“A lot of people are not aware of how much of an economic engine the Colstrip plant is to the entire state of Montana, not just in lost jobs but lost tax revenue,” says Atchison. Coal severance taxes help support schools and other programs statewide.


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