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City of Portland's Role in District Energy

Connecting multiple properties into shared utility systems can significantly reduce costs while improving environmental performance. Communities throughout the world are developing district energy systems in response to rising energy costs and growing concerns about climate change.

What is the City's role?

District energy is a key strategy in Portland’s Climate Action Plan 2009. Deep reductions in carbon emissions are reachable by improving energy efficiency and enabling multiple buildings to utilize more renewable fuel sources and technological advancements. By 2012, the City plans to establish at least one new district energy system. To support this effort, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability funded a business-case feasibility study for the North Pearl District.

In 2011, the City worked with the Portland Sustainability Institute to create a series of background and research documents for key opportunity sites in Portland:

Additional neighborhood-scale research is available in the Portland Sustainability Institute’s 2010 Background and Screening Report, Neighborhood Infrastructure:  Doing More with Less.