Oregon Affordable Renewable Energy Act (2014)

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The Affordable Renewable Energy Act will not appear on the Novemberm 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated state statute. The measure would have removed conditional limitations on use of hydroelectric power to comply with utilities' Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Under the then current law biomass and hydropower had conditional limitations on their use to meet RPS. These limitations were related to the age of the power plant, its designation as "low-impact" or not and its location within protected water areas.[1][2]
See Energy policy in Oregon for a full explanation of energy policy across the state.


Paul S. Cosgrove and Tom Hammer were the chief petitioners for this initiative.[1]

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See also: Oregon signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014. The measure was initially filed on October 18, 2012. The certified ballot title was set and then appealed by the petitioners. The Oregon Supreme Court approved the certified ballot titled without changes on March 6, 2013. The chief petitioners withdrew the measure on April 2, 2014.[1]

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