Oregon is highlighted within the new report, Returning Champions: State Clean Energy Leadership Since 2015, by Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a nationwide, nonprofit coalition of state businesses and different public organizations working collectively to advance clear energy. The report supplies a complete have a look at how states are driving clear energy options and suggests tips on how to additional encourage progress. Oregon is one in all 19 states acknowledged as a mannequin for clear energy innovation and is highlighted in one of many 21 case research included within the report.
When deciding on Oregon as a clear energy chief, CESA cited Energy Trust’s role in developing and supporting Oregon’s Irrigation Modernization Program. The program is a collaborative partnership between Farmers Conservation Alliance and Energy Trust to assist Oregon irrigation districts modernize their growing older infrastructure and add small-scale hydropower technology programs. Irrigation modernization helps make giant, advanced initiatives possible by pairing funding from federal businesses with Energy Trust incentives and different funding sources. This mannequin demonstrates that renewable hydropower is just not solely achievable however economically sensible for rural irrigators.
CESA Executive Director Warren Leon, the report’s lead writer, said that “it is important to recognize the achievements of Oregon’s clean energy programs and those of other states so that public support for these programs continues and additional progress is made.”
Thanks to this elevated consciousness of potential advantages, irrigation modernization continues to expertise sturdy help. Recently, a further $35 million was put aside in a federal agricultural appropriations invoice to help irrigation modernization efforts in Oregon. This brings the entire federal funding dedication for Oregon’s irrigation modernization efforts to $110 million.
Also representing the Pacific Northwest, Washington state was acknowledged for its grid modernization program, which supplies grants to electrical utilities for initiatives that advance grid modernization approaches like energy storage and resiliency. Learnings from initiatives like these will help utilities reply to growing older infrastructure, adapt to elevated renewable energy technology, and serve a rising and altering inhabitants of energy customers.
Read the total report, together with the case research, here.