Transition to Clean Energy


Oregon PSR's Healthy Climate Program advocates for a just transition to a clean energy economy. Antiquated fossil fuels and dangerous, expensive nuclear power pose both immediate and long-term negative impacts to human health and our climate. A just transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy landscape must prioritize the rights of and be led by communities who are at the greatest risk from climate disruption, including but not limited to communities of color, people experiencing poverty, and Native Americans. We work with our community partners to support and promote clean, renewable energy that is protective of human health.

The Portland Clean Energy Initiative

The Portland Clean Energy Initiative, which passed in November 2018, will raise $30 million per year to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, home weatherization, living-wage job training, local sustainable food production, and more. As we move towards a low-carbon economy, Portlanders have made the choice to ensure that low-income families and communities of color receive their fair share of the benefits of a new renewable energy ecosystem. By enacting a 1% business license surcharge for retailers making more than $1 billion a year in national sales, we will ensure that our community receives green infrastructure and renewable energy job training while taking local action on climate change.

Oregon PSR teamed up with 350 PDX, APANO, Coalition of Communities of Color, Columbia Riverkeeper, NAACP Portland Branch, NAYA Family Center, the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Portland Audubon, and Verde to pass the Portland Clean Energy Initiative and invest in climate action, racial justice, and economic fairness.

Visit the Portland Clean Energy Initiative's website to learn more about the initiative and its community supporters.

100% Renewable Energy by 2050

In 2017 we were proud to partner with climate justice allies, conservation groups, and the City of Portland and Multnomah County in developing and passing landmark resolutions committing the City and County to 100% clean, renewable energy by the year 2050. These resolutions are among the country's most progressive and bold action plans with attention to communities on the front lines of climate chaos (communities of color, low income communities, and more). For more information, take a look at the finished versions:

City of Portland Resolution on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 (June 1, 2017)

Multnomah County Resolution on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050 (June 1, 2017)

Additional Resources

Port of Vancouver Will Steer Clear of New Bulk Fossil Fuel Terminals (June 25, 2019)

PSR National Webinar on Renewable Portfolio Standards and Defeating Clean Energy Impostors - With Speakers from Washington, Oregon, and Chesapeake PSR (2/7/19)

Top Climate Scientist Joins Coalition In Calling for an End to Clearcuts and Timber Plantations (7/10/18)

Learn More and Stay Involved

We remain vigilant in tracking how our energy is generated and advocate for a speedy, just transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear power to a clean, renewable energy economy. Sign up for our email alerts to stay informed on how you can be a part of realizing Portland's part in the world's clean and just energy future.