The City of Portland and newly formed nonprofit Clean Energy Works Oregon recently announced the successful completion of the Clean Energy Works Portland home energy efficiency retrofit pilot and the expansion of the program statewide. As of March 2011, the pilot, led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, accomplished its goals and more:
- Five hundred homes were enrolled in the program and received an energy assessment, low-interest loan for energy upgrades, a personal Energy Advisor and connection to qualified construction professionals.
- The program created 29 entry-level jobs in the hard-hit construction industry.
- 381 workers received paychecks who otherwise may not have had work.
- Participating homes experienced on average a 20 percent or greater reduction in energy consumption after their project was complete.
“Today, the City of Portland celebrates the early success of the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot and welcomes the new Clean Energy Works Oregon,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “While our Bureau of Planning and Sustainability led the way, we are grateful for the innovative collaboration from our many community partners, including Energy Trust of Oregon, Enterprise Cascadia, NW Natural, Pacific Power, PGE, Worksystems, Green for All and our host of stakeholders, including contractors, unions and community groups.”
View a video of the recent CEWO launch event here: http://vimeo.com/21452335
Clean Energy Works Oregon expands services across Oregon in 2011
Due to the success of the pilot, in June of 2010 the U.S. Department of Energy invested an additional $20 million dollars from its BetterBuildings program to fund the expansion of the program across Oregon. The statewide program, which simplifies the process of transforming older houses into energy-efficient comfortable homes, will be administered by Clean Energy Works Oregon.
“Clean Energy Works Oregon makes home energy efficiency affordable and easy,” said Derek Smith, CEO of Clean Energy Works Oregon. “As communities look to economic development through climate action, Clean Energy Works offers a proven, turnkey service that produces jobs, energy savings, carbon reductions and housing affordability.”
The expansion is expected to bring $100 million in private capital to communities throughout the state. The three-year goals of the expansion are to complete 6,000 residential projects, create 1,300 family-supporting jobs and generate significant energy savings.
The expanded program launched on March 15 to homeowners in the Metro area, including Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties and the cities of Portland, Lake Oswego and Gresham. They are planning a phased rollout to the Rogue Valley, Eugene/Lane County, Hood River, Astoria, Klamath Falls, Coos County, Pendleton, Bend/Deschutes County, Corvallis and Salem throughout 2011.
To apply for Clean Energy Works Oregon, visit www.cewo.org.
Specials Savings for Homes in Lents and Interstate
Homeowners in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties can benefit from initial special rebate offerings totaling up to $3,700. For a limited time, homeowners living in the Lents or Interstate Urban Renewal Areas can save an additional $1,000 off their project cost. For more information visit: www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org/neighborhood