SALEM- A bill to strengthen Oregon's appliance efficiency standards cleared its final legislative hurdle when the Oregon senate passed House Bill 2062 with a vote of 17-13. The bill is now headed to Governor Kate Brown's desk.
Environment Oregon state director Celeste Meiffren-Swango released this statement in response:
"We are thrilled to see the passage of House Bill 2062 which will strengthen Oregon's appliance efficiency standards. This policy will make a meaningful impact on our planet, our health and our wallets by reducing energy and water waste and lowering harmful emissions.
"Passing this bill is a big win. Embracing efficient appliances is an incredibly simple and cost-effective way for Oregon to both reduce dirty greenhouse gas emissions as well as our utility bills.
"Thank you to legislative leaders and Governor Kate Brown for moving this commonsense proposal forward, and of course, thank you to every Oregonian who wrote to your legislators in support of this bill and helped spread the word about its benefits.
"We hope that Oregon leaders will continue to push forward policies to take advantage of the cleanest form of energy there is: the energy we never use in the first place."