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Oregon Law Requires Utilities to Offer Green Options

September 2007 - The Oregon Renewable Energy Act of 2007 (Senate Bill 838), which was signed into law on June 6, 2007 by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, requires all of the state's utilities to offer a green power rate to consumers. According to the law, utilities must inform customers of the sources of the renewable electricity sold under the green power tariff and are allowed to recover all prudently incurred costs of the program. Utilities can elect to contract with a third-party provider to supply and manage the program.

The law also established a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) under which all of the state's utilities must obtain a percentage of their electricity supplies from renewable energy sources. For example, the state's largest utilities are required to obtain 5% of their electricity from renewable energy sources in 2011, rising to 25% by 2025. Smaller utilities are required to obtain 5% or 10% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, depending on their size. The law stipulates that renewable energy sold to consumers through green power programs cannot be counted toward compliance with the RPS.

News Release - Governor Kulongoski Signs Renewable Portfolio Standard into Law

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