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Understanding Why Oregon’s Wind Energy Mandate Won’t Work

Please join us for Cascade’s monthly Policy Picnic on Wednesday, January 16, at noon. Cascade President and CEO, John A. Charles, Jr. will be discussing Oregon’s wind energy mandate.

Since 2007 the state legislature has required large electric utilities to purchase increasing amounts of wind power, with the promise that this will be “green” and “sustainable.”  Unfortunately, integrating large amounts of intermittent sources such as wind and solar into the regional grid is costly, makes the system less reliable, and is likely to increase regional levels of air pollution. This discussion will focus on how the grid works and why the green power mandate is a public policy dead end.

Admission is free. Please bring your own lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. Space is limited to ten guests on a first come, first served basis, so sign up early. To RSVP, email Patrick Schmitt at patrick@cascadepolicy.org or call 503-242-0900.

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