Here in Oregon, we are seeing, feeling and experiencing the impacts of climate change, and we recognize the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Clean, renewable electricity is at the center of an emissions-free future, and we know our customers — families, individuals, businesses large and small, and the communities where we live — expect us to reduce our emissions. And we will. But a crucial mission like this requires a tangible goal.
We know our customers and communities want to use clean energy, which is why we set an accelerated goal to reduce emissions associated with the power we serve to our customers by at least 80% by 2030. Ending operations at coal plants, like the one we recently closed in Boardman, Oregon and adding more renewable generating facilities through wind and solar, as well as battery storage, like our new Wheatridge facility, will help us get there.
We are also setting an aspirational goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electricity we serve to our customers by 2040. Reaching that goal will require policy, regulatory and technology advancements to fully eliminate emissions from our power supply.
Along the way, we will continue to keep electricity reliable and affordable. We’re confident that, working together with our customers and communities, we will reduce emissions and continue building Oregon’s clean energy future.
To meet this goal, we’ll transform every part of our business, not just the power we supply to our customers. We’re also taking on the vehicles we drive, the materials we purchase and how we operate our buildings. No stone will remain unturned.
Our companywide goal means finding ways to reduce emissions in every part of our business. And with transportation accounting for 40% of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions, we are doing our part to make progress through electrifying more than 60% of our fleet by 2030, including 100% of our Class 1 vehicles like sedans, SUVs, and small pickups, as well as forklifts, by 2025.
PGE customers are already #1 in choosing our current renewable energy programs, but we know many customers want to move further, faster. We will continue to create new, innovative programs that offer a variety of choices to customers looking for clean, green energy options to power their homes and businesses.
2040 is right around the corner. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you, our customers and the communities we serve to meet, and beat, the challenges ahead.