SOU student group supports clean energy campaign
ASHLAND, Ore -- Students at Southern Oregon University are fighting for a new way of producing electricity.
Members of OSPIRG, a non-profit that works on issues that effect all Oregonians, were petitioning Wednesday at the University. They want students to support House Bill 4036.
The legislation would require utility companies to eliminate coal imports by 2035 and meet 50% of consumer demand with renewable energy by 2040. Electricity companies such as Pacific Power are in support of the bill. According to Pacific Power, HB 4036 will save Oregon customers $600 million compared to other ballot measures.
The supervisor of OSPIRG's SOU chapter said, "It's actually a really exciting bill. It would make us and Oregon a leader on clean energy in the US."
Legislators will vote on the bill in February.