Oregon: Clean electricity and coal transition bill advances to Senate floor

House Bill 4036, Oregon’s clean electricity and coal transition plan, is headed for a Senate floor vote after being passed out of committee on Monday.

The bill is the product of an historic collaboration between investor-owned utilities, clean energy/climate organizations and the state’s foremost consumer advocacy group. HB 4036 cleared the House last week on a 39-20 bipartisan vote.

Many NW Energy Coalition member organizations have been deeply involved in the process and continue working together to move the bill forward. The next step is passing the Senate floor.

Please contact your state senator now. Tell your senator to support this critical next step to Oregon’s clean and affordable energy future.  (To find your legislator, go here.)

Through HB 4036, Oregon energy consumers would stop paying for coal-fired power by 2035. The bill also doubles the state’s 25% renewable portfolio standard for investor-owned utilities by 2040. HB 4036 should have little effect on rates and will cut Oregon’s electric sector carbon emissions in half by 2030. (Go here for a fuller description and additional links.)

Please contact your state senator now!

For more information, contact NW Energy Coalition policy director Wendy Gerlitz.