Wind energy systems are a relatively new technology that Portlanders are deploying to generate clean, renewable electricity. Advances in small-scale wind turbine technology in recent years make it possible to incorporate wind power into urban areas and building design, or add small systems to rooftops. While these technologies do promise environmental benefits, proper siting is important in order for the systems to effectively deliver energy production and to ensure that the installations and compatible with the surrounding structures.
Wind Zoning Standards
Through code development process in 2009, the City of Portland created zoning standards that regulate the placement and scale of wind turbines. The Wind Turbine Code seeks to stimulate advancement of the technology and encourage entrepreneurial efforts in this industry, while ensuring safety and appropriate placement. Incentives are available for installation of certain models of wind turbines through the Energy Trust of Oregon Small Wind Program .
For information on converting your fleet vehicles to Biofuel, visit http://www.biofuels4business.com/
Locate biofuel retail locations in Portland: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/locator/stations/
Renewable Fuel Standard
In 2006 the City of Portland became the first city in the country to adopt a citywide renewable fuel standard (RFS). The standard requires all diesel and gasoline fuel sold within the city limits to contain a minimum blend of renewables. Diesel fuel must contain a minimum blend of 5 percent biodiesel and gasoline at least 10 percent ethanol. The standard became effective July 1, 2007.
With this effort, the City is helping create demand for thousands of gallons of renewable transportation fuels, in order to spur market development of large-scaleOregonbased biofuel production facilities to meet that demand.
This growing renewable fuels market will generate a need for oilseed crops like canola and mustard seed that can be grown as rotational crops by Oregon farmers. With efforts like this the City continues to implement innovative, result-oriented strategies that meet our goals for job growth, greenhouse gas emission reduction and local environmental health.
Biofuels offer promising benefits for Portland and Oregon as whole, including local and regional economic development opportunities, improved air quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and decreased dependence on volatile oil supplies.
Find more information about the RFS on these pages:
- RFS Information & Administrative Rules: http://www.biofuelsportland.com
- Original Biofuels Ordinance: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/rec/2777903/
- Amended Biofuels Ordinance: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/rec/2844151/
- BiofuelsCityCode: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?a=146102&c=28608