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Portland Clean Energy Fund

Purpose and Background


 In November 2018, Portland voters said yes to the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) to create a city grant program for clean energy and job training projects. The measure was intended to benefit communities on the frontlines of climate change, including low-income people and people of color. Grants will be available starting in 2020, and the program will eventually distribute $54-71 million in grants annually. The Portland Clean Energy Fund grant program includes a nine-member Grant Committee responsible for:

  1. Carefully reading and evaluating applications for grants from the Portland Clean Energy Fund.
  2. Making recommendations to Portland City Council on which applications should receive a grant.
  3. Ensuring that the Fund is achieving its goals of creating clean energy and living-wage jobs.

Mission Objectives 

“[T]he purpose of this Ordinance is to provide a consistent long-term funding source and oversight structure to ensure 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.”


  • Equity. PCEF prioritizes frontline community and local benefits, promotes equitable outcomes, and institutionalizes equity best practices in the city. 
  • Economic Opportunity. PCEF prioritizes sustainable job creation, emphasizes job training that promotes career pathways and job security, and advances the development of under-served contractors through business support and technical assistance.
  • Climate Action. PCEF promotes climate resilience, supports climate mitigation, and reduces carbon emissions. 
  • Accountability to Community. PCEF supports inclusive, culturally and linguistically-specific participation and engagement throughout the program, maximizes program transparency and accountability, and creates a new model for City-community partnership.

Number of seats: 9

Contact: Sam Baraso,, 503-307-2399

Bureau Host: Planning & Sustainability

Public Meetings: Check back for the first meeting date and location!

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