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Oregon lawmakers clear bill to study how grid modernization trends impact utilities

By District Energy posted 08-09-2017 12:22


Robert Walton, Utility Dive
August 9, 2017


The Oregon House and Senate have each passed Senate Bill 987, directing state regulators to take up a review of electric grid modernization impacts as a result of new technologies, policies and incentives.

The law, if signed by Gov. Kate Brown (D), would direct the Public Utility Commission to study whether the regulatory model needs to change, the role of independent power producers under current model, and possible incentives for utilities to build capacity themselves.

Oregon now joins a growing list of states taking a look at how utilities are regulated and how emerging policy and technological industry trends impact the power sector. 

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