Oregon may have a reputation for rainy weather, but the outlook for the renewable energy there is definitely sunny.Earlier this year the state passed legislation that requires utilities to stop generating electricity from coal by 2030. At the time, one of Oregon’s two main energy utilities, Pacific Power, predicted that the switch to renewables would come with a fairly high cost, hitting customers with a rate increase of 0.8 percent per year through 2030. That’s a cumulative increase of about 12 percent over the next 14 years.
It could be done if everyone put the greater good as the higher priority. The real problem is the unwillingness to shift and relinquish status quo – particularly those profiting most.