PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Renewable natural gas is set to have an increasingly large part in Oregon’s energy supply after Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 98 on Wednesday.
This bill sets goals to add as much as 30% renewable natural gas into Oregon’s pipeline system by 2050.
Renewable natural gas is produced from materials like food, agriculture and forestry waste, wastewater, or landfills.
“Oregon has long been a place for innovation in environmental protection, and this legislation continues that tradition,” said Governor Brown. “Allowing our natural gas utilities to acquire a renewable product for their customers brings us one step closer to a clean energy future.”
This bill also establishes an overall spending limit for the renewable natural gas supply, as well as provides communities with a potential source of revenue by turning their waste into energy.
NW Natural, a subsidiary of NW Natural Holding Company, had a heavy hand in this bill and worked with legislators to propose it.
“This is the first piece of legislation of its kind in the nation and we couldn’t be more pleased to lead the way,” said David H. Anderson, president and CEO of NW Natural. “This is an important step in supporting our region’s move to more renewable energy, closing the loop on waste and investing in homegrown solutions that address climate change.”