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Commissioner Carmen Rubio Announces Proposed Changes To Strengthen and Streamline the Portland Clean Energy Fund

Changes would enable bigger, bolder, and faster investments to reduce carbon and better respond to climate change

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Follow up on PCEF RFP #2 post -decision 45-day risk assessment and mitigation

A PDF document that outlines and describes the outcomes of the additional review staff conducted during the 45-day review of RFP #2 Grantee awards.

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PCEF Program achieves over 1,000 cooling unit installations

In need of heat relief? Call 211 to get transportation to a local cooling shelter and other resources. For medical help, call 911.

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Portland City Council unanimously approves largest single investment in climate justice in City history

$107 million will fund 65 projects fighting climate change as nation faces unrelenting heatwaves, wildfires, drought and other extreme weather events.

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Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability announces recommendations for Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Round 2 RFP

The full recommended portfolio will be presented to City Council on Wednesday, July 13, at a first reading.

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New application deadline for PCEF Committee member recruitment

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) seeks two new members for its nine-member committee. Deadline to apply: June 26, 2022.

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Complete the PCEF Program Outcomes Survey by May 18, 2022

Survey results will guide the development of a program outcomes dashboard and PCEF performance goals.

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Portland City Council approves grant amendment to expand PCEF Heat Response Program, announce partners

Over the next five years, new community distribution partners aim to install 15,000 energy-efficient cooling units in the homes of heat-vulnerable Portlanders.

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Commissioner Carmen Rubio, Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund celebrate Power to the People PDX’s first solar installation with Portland’s African American Alliance for Homeownership (AAAH)

PCEF grantee project Power to the People PDX makes energy efficiency measures and renewable energy possible for communities of color and low-income homeowners.

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PCEF launches High Road Advisory Council

The 11-member advisory body will provide guidance on workforce and contracting issues.

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What you haven’t heard: The truth about PCEF and its bright future

Staff welcome feedback and constructive criticism; push back on false narrative about the young program, which was designed to address climate change and its effects on BIPOC and other underserved communities.

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Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability responds to Auditor’s recommendations for PCEF program

Staff agrees with audit recommendations, details next steps for improvement implementation.

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PCEF updates: Seeking proposals for quality assurance support; next Mini Grant cycle

Submit a proposal by March 21 to provide quality assurance (QA) for energy efficiency measures installed in residential single- and multi-family homes. Apply for the PCEF quarterly Mini Grant Program by April 1, 2022.

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High Road Advisory Council application period is closed

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) High Road Advisory Council will provide guidance about workforce and contracting issues.

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Portland Clean Energy Fund Committee approves additional steps in grant review process

Approved changes to review process meet objectives to support successful PCEF project implementation, offering more structured support for new, emerging and growing organizations.

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2021 accomplishments for the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund

The first full year of program operations saw the PCEF team grow and new programs launch.

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Commissioner Rubio's Statement on Heat-Response Grant Recipient

We need to deliver cooling units as soon as next summer for those most at risk from extreme heat events triggered by climate change. Saving lives depends on the successful execution of this heat-response grant. And that’s the bottom line for me.

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Portland nonprofits respond to PCEF’s second request for proposals for community climate projects

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund received more than 160 applications from community groups to invest in climate action that advances racial and social justice.

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PCEF addresses effects of extreme heat on vulnerable communities with new grant opportunity

New Heat Response Program offers nonprofits serving low-income and BIPOC communities a chance to distribute and install portable heat pump/cooling units for vulnerable households.

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Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund issues $60 million request for proposals

After start-up funding round, a second round of PCEF funding scales up the program and targets $60 million for projects tackling climate change, while advancing racial and social justice.

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