- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon utility regulators say they are concerned about a proposal to move the state off coal power.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/s5ux79 ) that at a House committee meeting Tuesday Oregon Public Utility Commission officials said they neither support nor oppose the bill, but that they see potential problems.

The proposal would transition the state off coal energy by 2030 and increase electricity produced from renewable energy sources to 50 percent by 2040. The agreement only applies to Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, which in total provide about 70 percent of the state’s electricity.

Public Utility Director Jason Eisdorfer says he worries that by not changing coal plants the proposal will not reduce carbon.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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