Letters: State should reject PacifiCorp's use of coal
I just read some of PacifiCorp's required integrated resource plan, and I was aghast to find out that they plan to continue on the same energy generation plan for the immediate future that they have followed for many years ... that of burning coal to provide over 70% of the electricity that they deliver to their customers right here in Northeast Portland.
This is totally unacceptable and should not be allowed by the Oregon Public Utility Commission when deciding to accept or reject PacifiCorp's plan.
Time to act.
PacifiCorp's reliance on coal hinders progress
It is very frustrating that Pacific Power is dragging its feet on retiring coal plants when it knows and admits that it would be cheaper for Oregon customers to build new clean-energy generation instead.
The company admitted that more than half of its coal plants are more expensive to run than building new clean energy from the ground up, but its most recent proposed long-range energy plan calls for keeping most of its fleet running beyond 2035.
It is time to act with urgency to reduce our carbon emissions, and this is an opportunity to do that and also save ratepayers money.
Why should we accept a plan that is more expensive and also causing irreparable damage to the environment through unnecessary pollution and extreme carbon emissions?
Why should we put up with plans that serve the interests of out-of-state coal mine owners instead of the people living in our communities here in Oregon?
Why should we fund out-of-date and heavily polluting industries instead of using our energy dollars to create clean energy projects and energy-related jobs that also protect our environment?
This plan must be rejected by the Oregon PUC and by the Pacific Power customers.
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