Oregon has joined a long and growing list of states with policies for increasing the use of renewable power.

In May, the Oregon House of Representatives passed legislation creating the Oregon Renewable Energy Act, which enacts a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The Oregon RPS requires the state’s largest utilities to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from clean and local renewable energy sources by the year 2025.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski supported the legislation, and it received strong bipartisan support in both houses.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Oregon now joins a list of more than two dozen states with similar policies. They have standards requiring utilities to obtain anywhere from 2 to 25 percent of their power from renewable sources over time frames, ranging from two to 25 years. EC