BEAVERTON, Ore. – The City of Beaverton now secures 100 percent of its electricity needs from wind power sources, and is the only city in the state that purchases all of its power from PGE’s renewable energy program. Beaverton has achieved PGE’s Platinum Clean Wind ranking, the highest level available. By supporting renewable energy production, Beaverton is ensuring electricity entering the grid comes from pollution-free, renewable sources, which reduces environmental impacts.
“By supporting these renewable energy sources since 2007, Beaverton continues to contribute to a bright, sustainable energy future for Oregon,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “This is part of our sustainability strategy to get power through PGE’s green power program and on-site solar generation. We understand the importance of investing in green power to preserve the high-quality of life our community enjoys.”
In the past, the city purchased offsets for its electricity needs in all of its buildings, but now because renewable energy is less expensive, the city is able to purchase green power equivalents for all operational demands, including streetlights, traffic signals, and water pumping.
The city’s support of renewable power has not gone unnoticed. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Beaverton the Green Power Community of the Year Leadership Award in 2012 and the city has been a Green Power Community Member since 2007. Mayor Doyle’s commitment to sustainability also won the city the prestigious 2012 Mayor’s Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
“The city is stepping up to lead by committing to reduce the environmental impacts of our electricity use,” said Cindy Dolezel, the city’s sustainability manager. “By supporting these programs, we are helping to develop new renewable generation capacity nationwide,”
In 2012, the city’s total electricity consumption was 10,768,104 kWh, resulting in an estimated 5,169 tons of carbon dioxide (C02) emissions. This is equivalent to the annual C02 produced from 1,077 vehicles, according to the EPA.
The City of Beaverton encourages residents and businesses to purchase renewable energy. Learn how much it costs and how your home or business can get involved by visiting www.GreenPowerOregon.com.
For more information about the city’s sustainability efforts, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Green.
In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in Oregon as well as the safest city in the entire Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors’ Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year—Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.