PORTLAND It was a packed house as activists called for the early closure of Portland General Electric s coal power plant in Boardman.
The Public Utilities Commission heard the proposal Wednesday night for a closure in 2020, instead of 2040.
Mayor Sam Adams was at the meeting and spoke in support of an early closure. He said it would help Boardman s green energy goals.
Most Portlanders do not realize that less than half of our electrical production comes from coal. But if they did, and the more that do, the more that they would stand up and ask for a greener, cleaner future, Adams said.
The early closure plan would also need approval from the Department of Environmental Quality.
Groups like Sierra Club, which had a large presence at Wednesday night s meeting, want it closed even earlier by 2014. But PGE said that was very unlikely and not a realistic goal.