Oregon lawmakers approve pioneering pro-climate coal bill

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Columbus CEO

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have given final approval to pioneering legislation that would eliminate coal from the state's energy supply by 2030 and double state mandates on renewable power by 2040.

In a statement, Gov. Kate Brown seemed to indicate she would sign the bill.

She said it "equips Oregon with a bold and progressive path towards the energy resource mix of the future."

The bill passed Wednesday by the Senate would make Oregon the first state to adopt legislation to eliminate coal-fired power.

The bill would require the state's two largest utilities, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, to stop supplying coal-fired energy to Oregonians by 2030.

Utilities must also serve half of their customers' energy demand with renewable sources by 2040.