ENERGY IN OREGON – Past, Potential, Barriers, & Path Forward

More and more states across America are actively seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The approaches states are taking to reduce greenhouse emissions are dramatically different, as is their results.

The most successful states at reducing emissions assess the renewable energy potential for their region, identify potential barriers to development of clean, green resources, and then enact legislation to enable the utilities to rapidly move from fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to renewables (wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, etc.).

Legislating a mandated energy standard to generate 100% electricity from renewables in the next 20 to 30 years has seldom delivered the desired results. It is important for states to investigate before they legislate.

The presentation identifies Oregon’s renewable energy potential, barriers to the development of renewable energy, and a potential path forward.

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