Tuesday 24 November 2020

Portland General Electric sets 2040 net zero target

Portland General Electric sets 2040 net zero target

Portland General Electric has announced a company-wide goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

It has pledged to reduce emissions associated with the electricity supplied to customers by 80% by 2030 and ensure net zero emissions by the end of the following decade.

The company intends to focus on three areas: reducing emissions associated with the power serving customers, cutting emissions in operations and reducing emissions through evolving customers' energy choices.

That includes electrifying more than 60% of its fleet by 2030 and creating new and innovative programmes that offer a variety of choices to customers looking for green energy options to power their homes and businesses.

Maria Pope, President and CEO of Portland General Electric said: “Our future depends on taking immediate action to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Today, we placed a new milestone: aiming to achieve companywide net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. To meet this goal, we will touch every part of our business: from the power we supply to our customers, to the vehicles we drive, to how we operate our buildings. Along the way, we will continue to keep electricity reliable and affordable. We're confident that, working with our customers and communities, we will reduce emissions and continue building Oregon's clean energy future."

Portland General Electric is an energy company based in Oregon, serving around 900,000 customers. It has 16 generation plants in five Oregon counties and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas.

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Bruna Pinhoni

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