Clean Air, Clean Jobs
Today the House passed SB 1547, the revised Coal to Clean bill. It’s a major milestone for our state. This bill is living proof that we can move toward a clean, sustainable future while also promoting the growth of good, living-wage jobs all around Oregon.
SB 1547 will phase out coal power from Oregon’s energy grid by 2030 and will require that by 2040 half of our electricity is derived from renewable sources. As utilities start replacing power from out of state coal plants with renewable power, they’ll have the opportunity to invest in local clean energy production, spurring the growth of good, green engineering, manufacturing, and construction jobs. More living-wage jobs in both urban and rural communities means a stronger economy for all of us.
This session we are passing a number of bills that are good for our environment, and good for job creation too. In addition to SB 1547, last week we passed a bill (HB 4037) to incentivize creation of utility-scale solar projects. This bill will bring solar energy production into Oregon so that Oregonians can reap the job creation and environmental benefits of clean energy. The legislature is poised to fund this provision at $952,000.
We also passed a bill (HB 4084) to help communities redevelop brownfields so those lands can be reused to support jobs. Finally, we are set to make a $200,000 investment in the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, which will help support wave energy creation our state.
I’m pleased that Oregon has taken decisive steps toward combatting climate change while supporting the kinds of good jobs that families and communities rely upon.