The Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) is a petition for a November 2018 ballot measure that would increase Portlanders’ resilience to climate change and counteract racial and economic injustice. PCEF would authorize a 1% supplemental business license fee on retail corporations that make over $1 billion in nationwide annual sales. The fee would generate over $30 million a year in revenue, which PCEF will mobilize to advance environmental justice and public health efforts in Portland.
Approximately 85% of housing units in Portland need energy efficiency upgrades, and utility bills are the primary reason families resort to payday loans. PCEF funds will be used to weatherize and solarize Portland homes and businesses, provide job training, apprenticeships, and minority contractor support, provide energy efficiency upgrades for low income housing, and build green infrastructure.
Oregon PSR is excited to join APANO, Coalition of Communities of Color, NAACP Portland, NAYA, Sierra Club, 350PDX, Portland Audubon, Verde, and nearly 150 community organizations and faith leaders in this effort to promote environmental justice and public health in Portland.