Oregon does not currently classify hydroelectricity as renewable energy. This means the state’s renewable energy goals mandated by the legislature in 2007 will be reached by expanding expensive and inconsistent energy sources such as wind energy.
House Bill 2992 would allow hydroelectricity to be considered renewable energy.
Cascade released its latest report examining the substantial cost of renewable energy mandates on the Oregon economy. A realistic definition of renewable energy is a great step towards bringing some much needed reality to Oregon’s restrictive energy policies.
The bill will have a public hearing this Thursday (March 24, 2001) at 3pm in hearing room D at the state capitol building.
Cascade Policy Institute will be testifying in support of this bill.