Portland to have 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

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Leaders from the City of Portland and Multnomah County have committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.

Earlier this week authorities announced that their goal was to meet the electrical needs of the community with renewables by the year 2035 and to move what energy sources that remained to renewable ones by the year 2050.

“Getting our community to 100 percent renewable energy is a big goal,” Ted Wheeler, City of Portland Mayor, said in a statement.

“And while it is absolutely ambitious, it is a goal that we share with Nike, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Google, GM, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart. We have a responsibility to lead this effort in Oregon.’’

The most populous county in Oregon is Multmonah County. The news was welcomed by its Chair, Deborah Kafoury. “This is a pledge to our children’s future,” she said. “100 percent renewables means a future with cleaner air, a stable climate and more jobs and economic opportunity.’’

Portland is just one of many U.S cities looking to embrace renewable energy. During the weekend Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, announced that the city’s buildings were to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2025.

“By committing the energy used to power our public buildings to wind and solar energy, we are sending a clear signal that we remain committed to building a 21st century economy here in Chicago,” Emanuel said.

In Portland, Wheeler made it clear that tackling climate change would need to be a collaborative effort. “We don’t succeed addressing climate change by government action alone,” he said.

“We need our whole community: government, businesses, organizations and households to work together to make a just transition to a 100 percent renewable future.’’

Article written by HEI contributor Lydia Ezeakor.

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