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Oregon’s stunning natural beauty and history of clean energy innovation position it as a natural climate leader that can inspire action in the Northwest and beyond. However, in recent years Oregon's progress on climate action has stagnated while a growing list of states and territories have adopted carbon pricing policies, enacted more robust energy efficiency standards, and committed to a timeline for transitioning to 100% clean electricity.

Climate Solutions is working in Oregon to:

Incorporate a racial and social justice lens in our work

We must ensure that we are addressing historic injustices and current inequities that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and people of color as well as low-income communities. Without incorporating these injustices into our climate solutions, we will not succeed in creating a livable and just world where we can all thrive.

Ensure the state adopts 100% clean energy

Climate Solutions is a supporting member of the 100% Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign, a statewide coalition advocating for the adoption of a 100% clean energy commitment, establishment of a special utility rate class for low-income Oregonians, and home upgrades to help improve the health of families across the state. Multnomah County and the cities of Milwaukie and Portland have already made groundbreaking commitments to 100 percent clean and renewable energy. We are helping them develop implementation plans to achieve these goals, and working with other cities and counties in Oregon to develop a groundswell of support for a 100% clean energy future.

Accelerate clean transportation

The transportation sector is Oregon's largest source of climate pollution, and according to our recent transportation research report, decarbonizing our grid, while both electrifying our transportation system and reducing our vehicle miles traveled are key ways to clean it up. We are working with local governments, transit districts, and utility providers to equitably accelerate transportation electrification by adopting medium and heavy duty zero-emission regulations, building more publicly accessible and affordable charging stations, promoting financial incentives for individual and fleet EV purchases, supporting transportation options and programs that are inclusive to community needs,  encouraging transit agencies to buy zero-emission electric buses, and working in coalition to advocate for a clean, and just transportation system. 

Advocate for energy-efficient buildings

Heating and powering our homes and businesses generates a substantial amount of our climate-changing pollution and contributes to energy burden experienced disproportionately by low-income communities, renters and communities of color (paying three times more than average). We are working with partners to help Oregon move toward constructing homes and buildings that produce as much energy as they use - net zero energy buildings. If all new homes and buildings were energy efficient, we would significantly reduce our climate pollution, drastically cut energy costs for owners and renters (decreasing energy burden), and improve air quality where we live and work.

Stop new investments in coal, and the oil and gas industry

The fossil fuel industry wants to keep us hooked on dangerous energy sources and use our state to expand their profits. With our urging, Oregon has already taken several momentous steps by stopping Portland General Electric from building a new fracked gas plant and ending Oregon's dependence on coal-fired power. We will continue sending a clear message that expanding fossil fuel infrastructure is not welcome in Oregon.

 

 Read on for the latest updates on Climate Solutions' work in Oregon:

Oregon State Government

EPA to put mpg gains on hold, but EVs grow anyway

by Seth Zuckerman on March 6, 2017

Oregon lawmakers weigh competing bills to price carbon pollution, China’s coal consumption falls for third straight year, Trump’s EPA budget calls…

To protect the Oregon we love, now is the time to act on climate change

by David Van't Hof on February 17, 2017

The Oregon legislature is getting to work, and the state has a great opportunity to grow its clean energy economy.

Rise of EVs and PVs set to disrupt energy markets

by Seth Zuckerman on February 6, 2017

Audi president tells dealers that EVs will dominate market within a decade, Toshiba to quit building nuclear power plants, Sweden plans to be climate…

Making the Grade: Oregon’s Clean Energy Report Card

by Meredith Connolly on January 30, 2017

On the 10th anniversary of Oregon’s climate goals, a new Oregon Clean Energy Report Card assesses what has been accomplished and where we still need…

Tillerson gets a grilling, knives sharpened for Pruitt

by Seth Zuckerman on January 17, 2017

US sends $500 million to Green Climate Fund, Chinese President Xi urges Trump to stand by Paris accord, hacktivists prepare offshore archive of…

Oregon’s climate leadership: prospects and priorities

by David Van't Hof on December 20, 2016

The way forward is aggressive action at the state and local levels. Here's how we're planning to build on our success in Oregon. 

Three cheers for triple climate action in Portland

by Mara Gross on December 16, 2016

Portland continues to lead the way with big steps including banning new fossil fuel terminals, improving energy efficiency in homes with energy…

Momentum—Six months of accelerating solutions

by Gregg Small on July 7, 2016

The first six months of 2016 were perhaps the most productive of our entire 18 year history. Here's a mid-year update, and a look at what's coming in…

Shifting Gears from Dirty Diesel to Cleaner Air with the VW Settlement

by Meredith Connolly on July 6, 2016

Oregon has the highest per-capita ownership of emissions-cheating Volkswagens in the U.S. Now the state plans to spend some of the settlement money…

Brexit rattles climate plans, CA to close its last reactors

by Seth Zuckerman on June 27, 2016

Union Pacific track maintenance blamed for oil-train derailment, VW will pay nearly $15 billion to settle US claims in emissions deceit scandal,…

Solar costs falling, oil prices climbing, mercury soaring

by Seth Zuckerman on June 20, 2016

VW announces major move into EVs, Sweden to keep nuclear plants open ’til 2040s, first mammalian species succumbs to global warming, and more news of…

In Oregon, it's already a year for the record books

by Kristen Sheeran on June 15, 2016

With temperatures already hitting historic highs, momentum and investment in clean energy solutions are also increasing rapidly. Oregonians have good…

From India to the Northwest, the Urgency for Climate Action is Heating Up

by Meredith Connolly on May 27, 2016

The heat is on - and not in a good way. It’s Extreme Heat Week here the U.S., and Meredith Connolly reflects on her experience working on solutions…

Tesla ignites frenzy, Hawaii plans for 100% clean power

by Seth Zuckerman on April 4, 2016

2.5 million Americans work in clean energy, South Africa and Nevada solar plants provide night-time power, coalition builds behind Clean Power Plan, …

Oregon's plan to trade coal for clean energy—the benefits in detail

by Kristen Sheeran on March 15, 2016

We're still celebrating Oregon's new Clean Electricity and Coal Transition law! Here we explain why we love it so much, how it moves the needle…