Oregon is falling behind the rest of the nation on clean energy, according to our new report. We found that solar grew by 32.5-fold in Oregon compared to nearly 40-fold nationally, and wind grew by 2.5-fold compared to a nearly 5-fold increase nationally. On a brighter note, Oregon ranked 5th for the number of registered electric vehicles on the road.
If Oregon transitioned its entire fleet of diesel transit buses to all-electric vehicles, it could significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions each year and reduce toxic air pollution that creates a public health hazard. Our new report shows that a full transition to electric buses from TriMet alone could avoid an average of 39,990 tons of climate-altering pollution each year -- the equivalent of taking 7,720 cars off the road.
A new white paper released by Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center, concludes that the rapid growth of less expensive wind and solar energy and the plummeting costs of energy storage have led to a six-fold increase in energy storage capacity (excluding pumped hydropower) over the past decade.
Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center, touting the leadership role that colleges and universities must play in the clean energy revolution, unveiled a 10 point plan to guide campuses toward 100 percent renewable energy.