Portland - Green Power Purchasing & Generation

March 25, 2011


Portland's 2001 Local Action Plan for Global Warming established a goal to purchase 100 percent of the electricity used by municipal facilities from clean, renewable energy sources. A short-term goal of 15,000 megawatt-hours was met in 2003 through a combination of local generation options. This generation mix included a 200 kilowatt (kW) biogas fuel cell, biogas microturbines totaling 120 kW, a 150 kW hydro generator, a 10 kW urban wind turbine and a large purchase of green tags. In order to meet the goal of 100 percent renewable electricity, Portland is investing in several projects. First, Portland is developing the city's biogas resources and brought a 1.7 megawatt (MW) generator online in May 2008. The city is also developing two photovoltaic installations, totaling 350 kW, which will be operational by May 2009. In April 2009, the mayor of Portland announced the goal of installing 5 MW of solar in the city by 2012.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Web Site: http://www.portlandonline.com/osd/index.cfm?c=42399&a=117675
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Wind (Small)
  • Anaerobic Digestion
Renewables % or Amount: 12% (current); 100% (goal for 2012); 5 MW of solar in Portland by 2012
Source: Solar, biomass, wind


Name: Portland, Oregon - Local Action Plan for Global Warming 2001
Effective Date: 2001


Name: David Tooze
Organization: Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainabilit
Address: 721 NW 9th Ave, Suite 350
Portland OR 97209
Phone: (503) 823-7582
Email: dtooze@ci.portland.or.us

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.