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Oregon Lags in Renewable Energy Adoption

Renewables efforts in Oregon are bound to see a significant shift in operations following reports that the state sources half of its generated electricity from hydroelectric power. The Source of power is provided by Oregon along the Columbia river what is the site for their extensive state array of dams. 

The state gets its second-largest Source of electricity from natural gas. These form 25% of the total energy generated in the state. The state has not entirely shifted from carbon-heavy energy generation sources. Oregon’s based Boardman Coal Plant is the state’s last defending coal power generating plant. The plant, however, came under duress following unfavorable legislative conditions. 

Oregon does not have a crude oil source; instead, the state imports its crude oil to Cater to the demand. Oregon’s transportation network consumes approximately 85% of the country’s total petroleum imports, with a majority going towards gasoline propulsion vehicles. 

The state has a minimal contribution of nuclear power from close by Washington state that contributes most of the remainder with renewables sorting out the deficit. The state draws attention toward the apparent need to develop deeply integrated renewable systems. The state stands to gain significantly from future ventures of adopting renewable energy. Oregon is in a unique position to take advantage of its energy provisions to develop more effective legislation towards adopting renewables as a source of income.

However, the United States currently faces an unprecedented dilemma. Carbon intensive ventures are facing increased support through favorable subsidies and legislation. The current energy scene shows that renewable energy ventures are on the lower end of a comparative stance between renewable and carbon-intensive fuel sources. Previously established carbon fuel industries take advantage of their production experience to gain an edge over renewable energy sources. A report shows that the state’s fossil fuel sector subsidies amount to an estimated $20 billion per annum. The coal mining sector receives 20% out of these subsidies per annum. 

Oregon citizens have a chance of checking online to compare the policies provided by the democratic and republican sides. Both sides offer possible reforms to the renewable energy market if they win. However, there have been significant variations between the two policies— one that despises the effect of climate change while ignoring the adoption of additional fossil fuel funding. The other policy camp seeks to eradicate climate change and its effects while encouraging clean energy transformations.

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