Victory! The Energy Affordability Act passes!

Victory! On Thursday, with bipartisan support, the Oregon Senate passed a historic bill for working families across the state. The Energy Affordability Act, which will help low-income families afford their energy bills, will now move on to Governor Brown’s office for her signature. This bill is the first of three pieces of environmental justice legislation put forward and supported by the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign, led by frontline climate and environmental justice groups statewide and supported by allies like 350PDX.

“The high electric bills that people have to pay month to month have caused many families to struggle,” said Maria Dolores Torres, a 25-year resident of Beaverton and a mother of three. “I support the Energy Affordability Act because this bill will change the lives of many community members and low-income families like mine. As I was raising my children, many times I had to choose between giving them healthy foods or maintaining a warm home. It was very difficult to pay high electric bills and on top of that pay other utilities as well as keeping up with monthly rent. This bill will help change that.

You can read more about this exciting win at If you want to know more about how you can help this campaign to create good local jobs, reduce pollution, and improve energy resiliency by transitioning to 100% clean energy, please contact Dineen O’Rourke at

In solidarity,

Indi & Dineen

Coalition Manager and Campaign Manager, 350PDX

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