Good News: Oregon Will Go Coal Free

Oregon is planning to close it's last coal power plant by 2020, at which point it will join a small club of coal-free states.

Oregon is planning to close its last coal power plant, that one in the picture above, ahead of schedule.

There's currently only one lonely coal-fired power plant in all of Oregon. But by 2020, there will be none—Portland General Electric Co., which operates the plant, has announced that it will either shutter the 585 megawatt Boardman plant or convert it to burn biomass. In less than 10 years, the state of Oregon will be coal-free.

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