Energy and Emissions
Energy use by buildings is responsible for over 30% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Beaverton. Reducing these emissions is essential to meeting Beaverton's climate action goals.
As part of Beaverton's goal of a 100% reduction in community GHG emissions by 2050, the Beaverton Climate Action Plan calls for:
- Net Zero Emissions for Electricity by 2035
- Net Zero Emissions for Natural Gas by 2040
80% of Beaverton's residents think the speed of these goals are about right, or even too slow.
Electricity used in Oregon is generated in a variety of ways. This includes carbon-emitting generation, such as coal or natural gas, as well as carbon-free generation such as wind, solar, and hydropower.
At City Facilities
The City of Beaverton sources 100% clean energy for the electricity it uses to power city buildings, street lamps, pump stations, and anything else that requires electricity purchased from our electrical utility, Portland General Electric.
For Homes and Businesses
Right now, customers in Beaverton have the option to purchase renewable energy products from PGE. Participation in these programs is around 30%. You can help raise that number when you explore these options and sign up!
Planning for the Future
To meet the city's climate goals, staff are working with Portland General Electric to develop a simple, affordable, and fair clean energy option for the entire community.
This green tariff price structure would be approved by the state's Public Utility Commission and allow customers to source up to 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources, expanding participation communitywide, to bring the benefits of sourcing regionally-produced carbon free energy to all residents at minimal cost.
80% of Beaverton residents are somewhat or very interested in new clean and renewable energy solutions for everyone in the city by 2035 - if it is reliable, affordable, and fair for all customers, and includes independent third-party oversight.
The Importance of Energy Efficiency
In addition to sourcing emissions free electricity, improving the energy efficiency of buildings is also essential to reducing GHG emissions. Reducing energy use and loss reduces the overall amount of energy needed, helping the entire grid reach 100% clean, faster.