Portland, Multnomah County set 100% renewable energy goal

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian / OregonLive.

On the day the Trump administration withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, the City of Portland and Multnomah County committed to a goal of meeting 100 percent of community energy needs with renewable power by 2050.

That's everybody in the county. All of their electricity from renewables by 2035. And all their energy, including transportation, industry and natural gas use, with renewables by 2050.

It was a historic occasion, and save the absence of City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, both the Portland City Council and Multnomah County Commissioners voted unanimously for the audacious, some would say impossible, goals.

Mayor Ted Wheeler called it "one of the longest resolutions ever adopted in the history of the city, but I think it is worthy of that title." Indeed, the city version included a veritable Christmas tree of commitments for more energy efficiency, demand control, community-based renewable energy, job training, transit expansion, electric buses, minority- and women-owned business participation, and climate justice measures such as rate protections, low transit fares and job training for low-income residents that could be disproportionately affected by climate change and the transition to clean power.