February 8, 2021

Dear Oregon, With the start of the new year, I’ve been reflecting on the one behind us and the opportunities ahead. Last year was one of the most difficult in our state’s and in Portland General Electric’s 130-year history. 2020 brought crises that impacted our community, businesses, economy and the environment. Despite the many challenges we faced throughout the past year, I’m proud of the progress we made toward our vision and pursuit of a clean energy future. As we lean into 2021, I’m equally optimistic for change and sobered by the needs of our community. Now more than ever, we’re focused on leading Oregon on a path to a clean energy future, helping customers maximize their energy journey with clean and innovative energy solutions that are also safe, reliable and affordable. At the same time, we recognize the economic challenges and social injustices that many in our community are experiencing due to the pandemic and systemic barriers that put Black, Indigenous and people of color at a disadvantage.

In the year ahead, we’ll continue to deliver the electricity to power your life. And we’ll partner with the community to create clean and affordable energy that is accessible to all customers. Key actions we’re taking to make progress include:

  • We’re addressing climate change and building a clean energy economy at the speed and efficiency you expect. We’re supporting targeted legislative improvements that will ensure we all work together to streamline and simplify the way we deliver affordable, reliable clean energy.

  • We’re bringing together renewable and reliable energy. Eastern Oregon’s new Wheatridge Energy Facility — the nation’s first facility to integrate solar and wind generation with battery storage in one location — will begin serving solar power this year.

  • By 2030, we’ll meet customers’ expectations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the power we serve by 80%. We’re also setting an aspirational goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electricity we serve customers by 2040.

  • We’re helping people and companies electrify transportation. We’re committed to electrifying our fleet, developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure and supporting customers’ plans to electrify every aspect of their businesses.

Though unknowns and an ongoing pandemic remain, we’re here to keep the lights on for Oregonians. In the year ahead, we’ll continue to champion the entrepreneurial spirit of our region, meet customers’ immediate needs, strive for equity and inclusion and invest in the success of our communities. Together, let’s transform Oregon and show the world the power of community in creating an equitable and affordable clean energy economy.

Maria Pope, President and CEO, Portland General Electric