Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund
"It is so exciting to envision what is possible now for communities of color and low-income folks because this measure passed, including lower energy bills and greener neighborhoods." -Jenny Lee, Advocacy Director for the Coalition of Communities of Color
“Clean energy jobs and projects to address the most impacted by climate change have the potential to create a climate prosperous economy, which is much better than just a survival economy,” - Desiree Williams-Rajee, Co-Chair, Verde Board of Directors
"We have a vision for a clean energy future where our workers have good-paying jobs, our homes are healthy and warm, and our power is as renewable as our spirits." - Reverend E.D. Mondainé, President of NAACP Portland Branch 1120. Credit Rick Rappaport
"Our communities deserve opportunities for healthy housing, clean jobs, justice, and generally a healthier city. All this is what the Portland Clean Energy Fund is." - María Hernández-Segoviano, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. Credit Rick Rappaport
The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (Fund) was created by a local ballot measure (Measure 26-201) that is anticipated to bring $54 to 71 million in new revenue for green jobs and healthy homes for all Portlanders. The initiative ensures that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan is implemented in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, including the development of a diverse and well-trained workforce and contractor pool in the field of clean energy.
In the face of climate change and federal inaction, the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund offers a community-led vision, grounded in justice and equity, that builds citywide resilience and opportunity. The measure passed by a margin of 65 percent, making it Oregon's first-ever environmental initiative created and led by communities of color.
The community coalition that created and led the ballot measure is working together with the City of Portland to implement a successful and standard-setting grant program that faithfully reflects the will of Portland voters. Program design and development is expected to take 18-months, with a goal of launching the Fund and beginning grant awards in July 2020.
For information on tax filings and revenue collections of the Clean Energy Surcharge (Portland City Code Section 7.02, Business License Law), please visit the City’s Revenue Division’s website.
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