We're Building to 100% Clean by 2050
The foundation for going to 100% Clean is moving to a 100% fossil-free electricity grid. Washington and Oregon are blessed with abundant clean, renewable energy resources. This offers us the opportunity to become global leaders in developing the clean energy-based economy of the future, with cleaner air and water, improved health, and new opportunities to attract strong jobs and industry.
Clean in Your Community
Washington electric vehicle owners benefit from the cheap and clean energy that costs an average of 8 cents per KW hour. That is by far the cheapest in the nation.
In the PNW, solar accounts for over 8,000 jobs and 317 employers. (seia.org)
Energy efficiency jobs are the #1 source of employment in the clean energy economy.
Wind power is a huge part of getting the electricity grid to 100% clean in the PNW.
In 2016, wind power accounted for 12.1% of the electricity generated in Oregon and 7.1% generated in Washington.
"You are looking at a little over 44,000 solar panels over 87 acres. We believe this is the future of good business and clean energy in the Pacific Northwest," said Larry Henry, Construction Manager for Saturn Power, at the Tumbleweed Solar Farm just outside Bend.
King County Metro released 11 all-electric buses to its fleet. The buses have zero emissions and charge in just 10 minutes.
We are 100% PNW
Cloud Cap Farms, Dairy Farmer
"One of the reasons that we do this, using clean energy, is so that we can stay here. We want to protect our land, we want to protect our communities. We are a fifth generation dairy farm here, and I say that because I have four children and I hope that they will one day want to come back to the farm and work. It’s not very common that you find generational businesses anymore."
Green Drop Garage, Mechanic
"I have kids, so it all belongs—this is going to be their future where they’re going to live...I like going to work because I feel I’m creating a new future. I’m making a difference, an environmental difference."
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Board Member
"As a hunter, conservation is so extremely important. So to me, sustainability is kind of non-negotiable. I feel like sustainability can be defined by just efficient use of resources. It’s our obligation as citizens of the world, as people who enjoy wild places, to live in a way that doesn’t contribute to the degradation that ruins places like this.”
Harbor History Museum, Director
Gig Harbor, Washington
"We like to make history as much as share it and preserve it. We are constantly looking at ways not only to preserve the past, but to embrace new ideas for the future. A solar panel project to be put on a local museum is huge. That says, ‘We care about our planet. We care about the stewardship of this place.’ And, to me, that’s an important role that the museum can play in the community."
King County Metro, Transit Operator
"I have been driving for King County Metro for 5 years. Basically I’ve driven every single bus that we have in King County. The riders actually love these buses. I don’t think they realize it’s a 100% battery operated bus. When I tell them it’s an electric bus they just love it because it’s good for the environment."
The Pacific Northwest is our home. We care about this place and do our part to protect it for future generations. We only use what we need, we build things to last, and we work together to protect our environment from all forms of pollution.
That’s why we’re a leader in clean, renewable energy—and energy efficiency. Our region’s commonsense approach and entrepreneurial spirit means we have some of the lowest-carbon and most affordable power in the nation.
WHAT DOES 100% CLEAN look like?
Fossil-free power grid
The foundation of 100% Clean is a fossil-free electricity grid. That means every time you use energy, it will be coming from local, renewable sources.
At the same time, we need to electrify just about everything we can—shifting transportation and building systems towards clean and efficient energy.
By building and supporting a clean and efficient energy grid and infrastructure, we’ll create well-paying and permanent jobs in the PNW.
We Could be First
The PNW can be the first states in the continental U.S. to pledge to go 100% Clean by 2050. We’re already halfway there. We can be a leader in sustainability while strengthening our economy.
Do Something Now
Small changes can have a big impact.
- Talk about 100% clean.
- Cut your energy costs and use with energy efficiency upgrades.
- Ask your utility to go 100% clean.
- Consider making your next car electric.
- Share this site.
100% clean will revitalize our local neighborhoods.
- Encourage local businesses to support 100% clean.
- Ask your city or county council to pass a 100% clean resolution.
- Call your transit agency to electrify public transportation.
- Ask your community group or faith organization to add the 100% badge to their website.
Take The 100% Pledge
Oregon and Washington have a history of innovation that fosters leadership and thrives on strong partnerships. We are going to power our lives and our communities with 100% clean energy. We pledge to support making a rapid, just, and complete transition to a renewable, low-carbon economy in the Pacific Northwest.
- Electrifying as many energy uses as possible.
- Clean and affordable transportation, including electric mass transit.
- Clean, efficient energy powering our lives.
- Homegrown and local jobs in the clean energy economy.
- Lower utility bills.
- Healthy air and vibrant communities.
- Freedom from fossil fuels.