Portland General Electric (PGE) recently announced a new companywide goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. PGE also announced a new goal to meet customer expectations for clean energy, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the power served to customers by 80% by 2030, and setting an goal for zero greenhouse gas emissions associated with the power served to customers by 2040.
To reach the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, PGE will focus on three areas:
- Reducing emissions associated with the power serving customers: Oregonians want to use clean energy, which is why PGE said it is setting a new, accelerated goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the power supplied to customers by at least 80% by 2030 (from 2010 levels). Ending operations at coal plants, like the one PGE recently closed in Boardman, OR, and adding more wind, solar and battery storage generating facilities, like the new Wheatridge facility, will help reach that goal. PGE is also setting a goal of zero greenhouse emissions associated with the electricity served to customers by 2040 through policy, regulatory and technology advancements.
- Reducing emissions in operations: The companywide net zero greenhouse gas goal results in finding ways to reduce emissions in every part of the business. With transportation accounting for 40% of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions, one way to make progress is through electrifying more than 60% of PGE’s fleet by 2030, including 100% of Class 1 vehicles like sedans, SUVs, small pickups and forklifts, by 2025.
- Reducing emissions through evolving customers’ energy choices: PGE customers are already choosing PGE’s current renewable energy programs, but many customers want to move further and faster. PGE will continue to create new, innovative programs, such as their Green Future products, which offer a variety of choices to customers looking for clean, green energy options to power their homes and businesses.
Maria Pope, President and CEO of Portland General Electric, said, “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.”