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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 low-carbon fuel standards, and committed to a timeline for transitioning to 100% clean electricity.

Climate Solutions is working in Oregon to:  

  • Promote 100% clean energy: With support from Climate Solutions and other partners, Multnomah County and the cities of Milwaukie and Portland 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 accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is a key way to clean it up. We are working with local governments, transit districts, and utility providers to build more charging stations, promote financial incentives for individual and fleet EV purchases, and encourage transit agencies to buy clean electric buses, rather than continuing to rely on dirty diesel, CNG, or other fossil fuels.
     
  • Advocate for energy-efficient buildings: Heating and powering our homes and businesses generates a substantial amount of our climate-changing pollution. 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, and improve air quality where we live and work.
     
  • Stop new investments in coal, oil, and fracked gas: 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:

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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…

OR to quit coal by 2035, get 50% clean power by 2040

by Seth Zuckerman on March 7, 2016

Dem candidates take different approaches to fracking, China to reduce its energy intensity 18% by 2020, Canada weighs national carbon pricing, and…

Oregon makes history on clean energy

by Kristen Sheeran on March 2, 2016

Oregon is now on its way to have one of the cleanest energy grids in the country. We're so proud!

Growth in EV use could lead to next oil glut in 2020s

by Seth Zuckerman on February 29, 2016

Utilities move to cut coal use despite stay on Clean Power Plan, Shell replaces executive who led Arctic oil push, Midwest wind generation sets new…

On the road to net zero energy homes in Oregon?

by David Van't Hof on February 24, 2016

It's time for Oregon to reclaim a leadership position on building codes and to join the vanguard of states leading the way in pursuit of net zero…

Looking to make history on coal and clean energy in Oregon

by Mara Gross on February 9, 2016

Oregon has an exciting opportunity for a big climate win this month, and we’re gaining momentum.

We've got momentum

by Gregg Small on February 5, 2016

Events in 2015 created so much momentum for the fight to stop global warming, and the first weeks of 2016 proved no different. Here's what Climate…

Solar, wind poised to grow—provided policies endure

by Seth Zuckerman on February 1, 2016

General Electric retires compact fluorescent in favor of LEDs, coal mines go begging for buyers, California maintains net metering rules, and more…

First out of the gate: Oregon poised for climate action

by Kristen Sheeran on January 29, 2016

Oregon’s Legislature may be headed into a short session next week, but the agenda for climate and clean energy is nothing short of completely…

OR deal to phase out coal, double renewable power

by Seth Zuckerman on January 11, 2016

Solar supplies nearly 10 percent of California’s power in 2015, GM rolls out mass-market electric car with 200-mile range, NASA tests more efficient…

In Oregon, we're blazing a trail for clean energy

by Kristen Sheeran on January 7, 2016

Less than a month after the historic Paris agreement on climate change, Oregon utilities, climate advocates and environmental groups are heeding—and…

Oregon is poised to make clean energy history

by Kristen Sheeran on October 15, 2015

This week the Renew Oregon Action Fund began a new chapter in Oregon’s clean energy transition, filing ballot measures to allow Oregon to become the…

Big news for Northwest climate action

by Gregg Small on October 6, 2015

Broad coalitions for climate action took bold steps this week in Oregon and Washington, announcing plans to put climate and clean energy measures on…