Deadline extended: Seeking public comments on the Portland Clean Energy Fund Draft Guiding Principles

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Interested community members and organizations are invited to review and comment on draft principles to guide future decisions and ensure they align with the vision of the PCEF Committee and the community. Comment period open until April 5.
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Thank you for your interest in the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF).

We have decided to extend the deadline to give individuals and organizations an opportunity to participate in the process given disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The public comment period for the Draft Guiding Principles will now be open through Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m.


The PCEF Committee, supported by City staff, is developing the PCEF grant program guidelines, processes, and evaluation criteria leading up to the release of the initial request for proposal (RFP) for the first $6 - 8M of funding. A new set of draft guiding principles build on the language in the legislation passed by voters in November 2018.  

Please note that: 

  • Guiding principles are not intended to restate the City code.  

  • One principle is not more important than another; they all work together.  

  • Principles should reflect community values for how the program should be implemented. 

These guiding principles encompass a set of common values to guide the design and implementation of the PCEF program. Future decisions will be checked against these guiding principles to ensure they align with the vision of the PCEF Committee and the community. 

While the PCEF Committee and staff welcome public input at any time, the public comment period on these draft guiding principles is open for a limited time. 

Read more about the purpose, background, and timeline for the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund.

Draft Guiding Principles 

These Draft Guiding Principles describe the values by which the PCEF program will be designed and implemented to ensure that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan is implemented with urgency and supports social, economic, and environmental benefits for all Portlanders. 

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund will be:

  • Justice-driven. Promote systems change that addresses historic and current discrimination. Center all disadvantaged and marginalized groups – particularly Black and indigenous people.   
  • Accountable. Implement a transparent funding and oversight process that promotes continuous learning and improvement. Demonstrate achievement of equitable social, economic, and environmental benefit. Remain accountable to target beneficiaries, grantees, and all Portlanders. 
  • Community-powered. Trust community knowledge, experience, innovation, and leadership. Honor and build on existing work and partnerships. Engage with and fund in community-driven approaches that acknowledge and enhance community power to create meaningful change. 
  • Focused on local co-benefits. Invest in people, places, and processes that build climate resilience and community wealth, foster healthy communities, and support regenerative systems. Avoid and mitigate displacement. 

How to share your opinion 

The public comment survey is available in these languages: Español | Tiếng Việt | Русский | English

Want to host your own event to gather public comment? Please review Help your community provide comments on the PCEF draft guiding principles, which includes suggestions to support your event or meeting. 

How will your input be used? 

Staff will summarize public comments and discuss them with the PCEF Committee after April 5. Committee members may make a proposal to modify and approve the guiding principles at this meeting. Final guiding principles will inform all parts of the PCEF program, including development of grant-scoring criteria.  

Next opportunity to provide input 

Draft grant-scoring criteria will be available for public comment in May or June 2020. 

The public is welcome to comment at all PCEF Committee meetings and at any time via