Portland commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

By The Associated Press

Portland and Multnomah County have pledged to completely transition to renewable energy sources by 2050.

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County have pledged to completely transition to renewable energy sources by 2050.

Monday's announcement from Mayor Ted Wheeler and County Chair Deborah Kafoury places the Portland-metro region alongside 25 other cities that have committed to 100-percent renewables. Nearly 90 major U.S. companies have also committed.

Portland has been working on climate change since it became the first U.S. city to adopt a carbon reduction strategy in 1993. In addition to making its own moves to use clean energy, the city said in a statement that it plans to resist any federal policy changes that increase carbon emissions.

Kafoury described the effort as a pledge to children, allowing them to have a future with cleaner air and more economic opportunity.

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