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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A group called the Oregonians for Renewable Power wants to change the 2007 law that requires big utilities to generate 25% of their electricity from green sources by 2025.

They want utilities to count electricity from dams toward their green energy goals, even though the dams were in place well before the law was passed.

“Hydro is one of Oregon’s historic strengths,” says lobbyist Paul Cosgrove. “It’s abundant, relatively inexpensive power. It doesn’t make sense from a public policy perspective not to include it in the standard.”

But the law’s defenders say that misses the point: The standard was intended to increase the amount of green energy in Oregon, not simply count what already existed.

Read more at The Willamette Week.

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