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Friday, April 21, 2017

Portland and Multnomah County Commit to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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We strongly believe that every entity, individuals, communities, cities, nations, must fully commit to efficiency and renewable levels...short and long term.  Portland has done just that.

City of Portland and Multnomah County leaders vowed today to transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The goal is to meet the community’s electricity needs from renewable sources by 2035 and shift all remaining energy sources to renewables in the 15 years after. The City of Portland currently powers all of its operations with renewable energy and starting in 2018, Multnomah County will purchase green energy to meet its operational needs. The announcement places the Portland-metro region alongside 25 other cities that have committed to 100 percent renewables, including Salt Lake City and San Diego. Nearly 90 major U.S. companies have also committed.

“Getting our community to 100 percent renewable energy is a BIG goal,’’ said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “ And while it is absolutely ambitious, it is a goal that we share with Nike, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Google, GM, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart. We have a responsibility to lead this effort in Oregon.’’

“This is a pledge to our children’s future,’’ said Chair Deborah Kafoury. “100 percent renewables means a future with cleaner air, a stable climate and more jobs and economic opportunity.’’ Jeremy Clark, 12, said that “The adults in this room- the leaders of Portland and Multnomah County – have great power. But with that great power comes a great responsibility. You have the responsibility of keeping my future bright.” “It gives me a lot of hope that the leaders of my community are promising today to drastically reduce our community’s carbon emissions,’’ Jeremy Clark said. “Keeping our climate sustainable is the most important issue for the success of my generation. ...

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