Oregon’s renewable energy mandate is now secure following the passing of the Renewable Energy Standard bill for the state. Under the new bill, large utility companies have to comply to providing renewable energy for at least a quarter of their electricity demand. Smaller utility companies have a lesser requirement. The companies have to achieve this by 2025.
Not many people are in favor of this move by the senate. In fact, those opposed to the bill believe that the only benefactors will be the large industry insiders. On the other hand, those in support of the bill says that it will fuel the creation of jobs as well as the development of clean energy.
Eastern Oregon residents are however hopping mad at the decision and feel as though they are getting the short end of the stick. These residents are in total opposition of the bill as they claim that they will are the ones who will be feeling the effects when utility companies begin to invest in renewable energy sources.