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RNP News Item
May 9, 2013

Oregon Improves Emissions Performance Standard

RNP applauds the Oregon House of Representatives for their passage this week of a bill that clarifies an element in the state’s Emissions Performance Standard (EPS). The EPS establishes the maximum amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that are permitted for electricity generating plants used to serve Oregon customers. Senate Bill 242, which passed by a 44-15 vote, fixes the language of the EPS to apply to out of state baseload electric plants, in addition to those located in Oregon. This clarification is significant because it helps to restrict utilities from making long-term commitments to new coal plants, or from entering new long-term contracts with existing coal plants. In short, Oregon has taken an additional step towards reducing its dependence on dirty coal, and is one step closer to a clean energy future. Renewable Northwest Project supports this amendment to the EPS and looks forward to seeing the bill pass into law.


For more information, please see the press release from our friends at the Citizens’ Utility Board: http://oregoncub.org/uploads/pdfs/SB242_News_Release,_updated,_05-08-2013.pdf

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