Oregon State government
We have made tremendous progress in Oregon over the past several years – from passing one of the most aggressive clean electricity standards in the country, to passing and defending the Clean Fuels Program to reduce climate pollution in transportation. We still have a long way to go, but Oregon’s natural beauty, clean energy innovation, and tradition of promoting sustainable prosperity makes Oregon a natural climate leader that can inspire action in the Northwest and beyond. Our priorities include:
- Clean Energy Jobs bill: Oregon can take a major step in the transition from polluting fossil fuels to clean energy. This major priority would limit and put a price on climate pollution, use the proceeds to invest in clean energy solutions, and support the communities most affected by climate change.
- 100% Clean Energy: In 2017, the City of Portland and Multnomah County passed groundbreaking commitments to 100 percent clean and renewable energy. We are helping develop implementation plans to achieve these ambitious goals, and working with other cities and counties in Oregon to develop a groundswell of support for a 100% clean energy future.
- Electrifying transportation: Electric vehicles (EVs) offer one of the most promising ways to curb the climate pollution from transportation. We are working with transit districts, utilities, and local governments to accelerate the transition to EVs, including supporting the expansion of EV charging and encouraging TriMet to buy clean electric buses rather than continuing to rely on dirty diesel, following the path of other public transit agencies like King County in Washington and Lane Transit District in Eugene.
- Energy efficient buildings: Buildings are responsible for 40% of our climate-changing pollution. We are working with partners and the governor’s office to help Oregon move toward constructing homes and buildings that produce as much energy as they use - zero energy buildings. If all new homes and buildings were energy efficient, we would significantly reduce climate pollution, while also cutting energy costs for owners and renters by nearly two-thirds and improving air quality where we live and work.
- Stopping new, long-term investments in coal, oil, and fracked gas: We need to stop making it worse by preventing the fossil fuel industry from locking us into dangerous, climate-polluting coal, oil, and fracked gas for decades to come. Oregon took a momentous step in 2017 with an agency decision that stopped Portland General Electric from building a new fracked gas plant, and we will continue to send a clear message that fossil fuel infrastructure is not welcome in Oregon.
by Seth Zuckerman on August 18, 2014Vermont breaks ground on a solar-powered microgrid, Oregon rejects Ambre Energy's coal export plan, acidic ocean waters get attention coast to coast, and more stories of the week in clean energy solutions. Read more
by Bobby Hayden on July 8, 2014Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program is a great step forward. But oil companies are threatening the program’s very existence before it has a real chance to make a difference for Oregon businesses, consumers, and our communities. Read more
by Seth Zuckerman on April 28, 2014In this week’s ClimateCast: Climate politics shifting in renewables’ favor; a climate denier changes his stripes; Gov. Kitzhaber comes out against coal ports; and more. Read more
by Joëlle Robinson on April 9, 2014Recently, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber stated that "It's time to say NO once and for all to coal exports." We couldn't agree more! Take a minute to share this image on Facebook and post it to the Governor’s page. Read more
by Ann Gravatt on March 13, 2014This is the week of sleepy (read: grumpy) kids in my house, due to the return of daylight savings time. But even a household disrupted doesn’t squelch my love of the lost hour. It’s the signal of longer, warmer – sunnier! -- days to come, the most hopeful time of the year for me. A time to look forward. We’re doing a lot of that around Climate Solutions these days. Read more
by Eileen V. Quigley on January 23, 2013The New Energy Cities joined close to 200 Oregon mayors and city managers in Bend, OR on January 22, 2013 at the Oregon Governor’s Cutting Edge Communities Symposium. Read more