- Associated Press - Sunday, February 16, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A compromise working its way through the Oregon Legislature could end a longstanding fight over renewable energy mandates, which was about to come to a head at the ballot box in November.

Oregon requires large utilities to get 25 percent of their energy from new renewable sources by 2025. Smaller utilities must reach lower targets.

A recent influx of power-hungry data centers is pushing smaller Eastern Oregon utilities closer to large-utility status. Faced with the prospect of complying with the tougher standards, they’ve been collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would allow them to get around the mandates.

The compromise would require them to eventually meet the 25 percent target, but they’ll have more flexibility about how to get there. It goes before a Senate committee on Thursday.

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