August 24, 2017

On June 1, 2017, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to commit the county to reach a goal of 100 percent renewable energy use community-wide by 2050 and an interim goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035. The resolution was developed in partnership with the City of Portland and stakeholders representing community organizations, environmental groups, utility companies, and environmental justice non-profits. This bold vision, embraced by Multnomah County and the City of Portland, is an acknowledgment that rapid decarbonization of the economy is required to sustain a livable climate.

On August 7, 2017, Multnomah County, the City of Portland, and the three local utility companies, Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, and Northwest Natural, hosted “Journey to 100% Renewable,” the first of six community discussions. This kick-off event served as an initial step to help chart the course to reach this ambitious goal.

The following video is a condensed version of the presentation and highlights important takeaways and core elements that are critical to reducing carbon from our economy. Two important takeaways are that deep decarbonization can be achieved and that working to create community consensus is one important step on the path to 100 percent.

Email if you would like to be invited to future “Journey to 100% Renewable” events.