Oregon could tighten climate regulations for data centers, cryptocurrency farms: SOCAN testimony quoted

A 2021 law exempted local publicly-owned and co-op power utilities, common in eastern Oregon, from emissions rules


Lawmakers are trying to close a loophole for data centers and force some of Oregon’s biggest carbon emitters to move to cleaner sources of power.

House Bill 2816, scheduled for a committee vote on March 27, would require every carbon emitter to follow the same rules as major utilities. A 2021 law set ambitious timelines for utilities, including the state’s two biggest electrical providers, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, to lower their carbon emissions and switch to non-carbon-emitting power sources by 2040.


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