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Joint Statement by Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Hardesty on Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund

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Today, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) released its inaugural request for proposals (RFP). The opportunity includes $8.6 million in available funding for green jobs, healthy homes and community energy projects that focus on frontline communities. This will be the first major distribution of funding that was approved by 65 percent of Portland voters in November 2018.

We are proud of the fact that it will provide a consistent, long-term funding source and oversight structure to ensure that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan  is implemented in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, particularly communities of color and residents with limited means .

“This is a major milestone for the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund and those who have worked so hard to make this ground-breaking program a reality,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “PCEF and this request for proposals offers a beacon of hope and an innovative new way to solve some of our greatest challenges. This program supports organizations that serve traditionally marginalized communities which have historically been left out of climate action.”

“The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund is a bright spot for our communities during these challenging times,” Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said. “This fund was created by frontline communities who know climate justice is racial justice. We would not be here without the community’s dedication to turn this vision into a reality.”

This RFP is the product of months of hard work by our offices, the PCEF Grant Committee, PCEF staff, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff and hundreds of community members who provided thoughtful input along the way.

Our sincere appreciation and thanks go out to all who have contributed to this justice-driven, community-powered and climate-action-focused initiative.

Signatures (Wheeler - Hardesty)