Gov. Ted Kulongoski, D-Ore., was honored by Renewable Northwest Project – an advocacy group for renewable energy – for his commitment to clean energy. The governor visited Portland to accept the George Darr Clean Energy Award, which is granted not annually, but on rare occasions when standout leadership is identified.
‘Oregon would not be where it is today as a significant renewable energy leader if not for the Governor's vision and action,’ says Rachel Shimshak, executive director of RNP. ‘We are grateful for his dedication and honored that he could join us in accepting the award.’
Highlights of Kulongoski's support for clean energy include the following:
– The development of Oregon's first-ever renewable energy action plan;
– Support for renewable energy legislation, including improvements to the Small Energy Loan Program and the expansion of the residential energy tax credit program for solar energy; and
– Support for renewable energy bills that passed into law, including a renewable portfolio standard that requires large utilities to meet 25% of their customers' needs with new renewable resources by 2025.
SOURCE: Renewable Northwest Project