lawmakers approved what has been described as the nation's most ambitious clean energy
standard this week, with the state aiming for 100% emissions-free power by 2040.
The state Senate
voted 16-12 on Saturday to approve House Bill 2021, also known as the 100% Clean Energy for All bill, which was approved by the state House on Friday. The legislation now heads to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, who is expected to sign it.
BREAKING: The Oregon Senate approved 100% Clean Energy for All (HB 2021) by a vote of 16-11, and the bill now goes to @OregonGovBrown for her signature. This is a historic day for Oregon, as environmental justice leaders led to this victory despite record-breaking heat. #ORleg #ORpol pic.twitter.com/GTcY7CUvxX — Oregon Clean Energy (@ORCleanEnergy) June 26, 2021
The legislation lays out a timetable for the state's two major power companies, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, to reduce emissions. It also prohibits the expansion or new construction of fossil-fuel-burning power plants
and allocates $50 million in grants for community-based energy projects.
The bill was passed as Oregon prepares for a potentially record-breaking heat wave
this weekend, with temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees above normal across large swaths of the state and neighboring Washington
“Look at the temperatures expected this weekend, and the ongoing and prolonged drought
state Rep. Pam Marsh, one of the bill’s most vocal supporters, said on the House floor Friday, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
So... THIS JUST PASSED THE SENATE AND IS NOW ON ITS WAY TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK!! #orleg #orpol https://t.co/1JEt3Ea2aU
— OR House Democrats
(@ORHouseDems) June 26, 2021
Oregon Senate PASSES HB 2021, the 100% Clean Energy for All Act!Huge win for Oregon's environment and economy
. Congratulations to Sen. Lee Beyer, Sen. @michaeldembrow, and Sen. @Kathleen4Oregon on our legislative accomplishment.#orleg #orpol https://t.co/CRny1NnupC
On Saturday, Oregon Democrats celebrated the passage of HB 2021, calling it a "huge win for Oregon's environment and economy" and the county's "strongest electricity emissions reduction timeline."
According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, HB 2021 would establish one of the most aggressive timelines for achieving an emissions-free power grid in the country.
in Oregon have not shared Democrats' enthusiasm for the legislation, which they have characterized as a potential threat to the state's power grid.
The bill was defeated by a landslide of Republican votes
in the state legislature.
“It sounds good on the 5 o'clock news
, but it won't help on the ground,” said GOP
state Sen. Lynn Findley.