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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

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…

Oregon businesses building power for a clean economy

by Carrie Hearne on September 29, 2015

The Renew Oregon coalition is bringing Oregon businesses together with other voices for climate action. The list of companies backing the Oregon…

Oil versus Optimism

by Gregg Small on July 17, 2015

Tough legislative sessions in Washington and Oregon are over. But we, together with an inspiring coalition, are just getting started.

Oregon's curvy road toward clean energy

by Kristen Sheeran on July 15, 2015

The 2015 Oregon legislative session concluded last week, and the outcomes for climate were decidedly mixed. With a clear win on clean fuels, there…

Oregon Capitol in spring

2018 Oregon Legislative Roundup

While the Oregon legislature didn’t pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill this year, we are incredibly well-positioned to pass the policy to reduce climate pollution and accelerate the state's transition to clean energy in 2019. 

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