Oregon’s Clean Energy Future
A letter from Maria Pope
The start of a new year and a new decade is a good time to reflect on the past and think about what’s ahead at Portland General Electric.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us that we have a decade to make significant progress to curb greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere. Our future must be powered by clean energy.
In 2019, we set out to cost-effectively accelerate Oregon’s transition to clean energy, modernize the grid and enable transportation electrification. As we look ahead, our ability to deliver a clean and resilient energy future is grounded in strategic public-, private and community-based partnerships as well as policy and regulatory changes. For example, Cap and Invest will be considered by the Oregon legislature over the next few weeks and we hope to see this important policy pass.
Our achievements in 2019 have set a solid foundation for progress in the year ahead. Highlights include:
Delivering clean energy commitments
- We’re honored that for the last decade PGE customers have made our Renewable Energy Program the largest in the United States — with 25% of customers buying 100% green energy.
- By 2022, Portland General Electric expects to have 50% clean energy to serve our customers.
- We broke ground on the first-of-its-scale Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility, which integrates wind and solar generation with battery storage in one location. Construction and operation of this facility will also bring nearly 500 clean energy jobs to eastern Oregon, in partnership with NextEra.
- Just yesterday, we kicked off a partnership with Portland Public Schools for a first-of-its-kind open source climate change curriculum enabling K-12 school districts in Oregon and across the nation to collaborate and engage in a dialog with students.
- In 2020, we’ll continue this momentum through partnerships with Panasonic on smart cities projects; TriMet to ensure efficiency and resiliency of their bus fleet; and Daimler on transportation electrification projects, among other collaborations.
Accelerating transportation electrification
- Transportation continues to be the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. We expanded access to electricity as a transportation fuel, opening four new Electric Avenue vehicle charging hubs across the region, resulting in more than 2 million miles charged to-date. In 2020, we expect to open locations in Wilsonville, Salem and Beaverton. This infrastructure development will help to encourage the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in Oregon.
- We are bringing the first electric school buses to Oregon which are cleaner, quieter and less costly to operate. In 2020, PGE will provide funding to purchase new buses, charging infrastructure, and technical support to four local school districts in the region.
- The PGE Drive Change Fund last week awarded $2.25 million to 16 local community organizations, non-profits and businesses to increase access to electric transportation for all Oregonians.
We accomplished a great deal thanks to PGE customers, employees and partners. And it’s only the beginning. Together, we can continue to make Oregon a healthier and more sustainable place to live. Thank you.
President and CEO
Portland General Electric
Let’s get to a clean future, together
At Portland General Electric, we are committed to helping customers and the communities we serve achieve a clean energy future.
For more than 130 years, PGE has been powering customers’ lives, delivering energy that is safe, reliable and affordable. Today, customers expect more. They also want their energy to be clean and secure.
Our commitment to equitable access and dedication to the communities we serve puts us in a unique position to help lead this energy transformation while also protecting the affordability and reliability of electric service.
Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies:
- Decarbonize the electricity we provide customers through investment in clean and renewable resources like wind, solar and hydro power.
- Modernize to a smarter, more resilient grid to electrify other sectors of the economy — especially the transportation sector, which is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state.
- Empower customers in their energy technology choices so they can be part of the clean energy revolution.
“The benefits of a future powered by clean electricity are real. We can combat climate change, improve air and water quality and help create a more sustainable way of life. This vision isn’t just aspirational. It’s attainable and critical to Oregon’s future.”Maria Pope, president and CEO
Here’s an overview of how we’re transforming our company by investing in clean and reliable energy, modernizing our grid and empowering customers.
There is no single solution that will create a decarbonized energy economy. But there are actions we can take to ensure everybody benefits from a clean energy future.
For 130 years, PGE has been connecting customers with what matters most. Today, that means enhancing our grid to be more reliable, integrating energy from a variety of renewable resources and empowering customers with innovative new energy solutions.
Oregon will not be able to achieve a clean energy future unless we tackle transportation. That’s because emissions from our cars, trucks, buses, ships and other forms of transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our state - accounting for a whopping 40% of total emissions.
Our customers depend on us to deliver the power they need to live, work and play safely. Electricity powers our communities at all levels: schools, hospitals, fire stations and countless other services we all depend on. Focusing on reliability, including hardening our system and increasing cybersecurity, allows us to bring more renewable energy to our customers.
We are working to break through economic, cultural and linguistic barriers so that everybody benefits from the transition to a clean energy future.