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New Report: Lighting the Way
What we can learn from America's top solar states

On Jan. 7th, Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report outlines the twelve states that have made a considerable contribution to the nation’s rise in solar power. Oregon, however, missed the cut and ranks 13th in the nation for per capita solar installations. The report was released at the new landmark June Key Delta Community Center, under their solar roof, and alongside local solar company, Synchro Solar. Oregonians want more solar and elected leaders should work to create more opportunities for solar like this one. Pictured: Chris Poole-Jones of the June Key Delta Community Center; Maria Fish, Environment Oregon Intern.

News Release | Environment Oregon

New Report Ranks Portland in the Top 20 for Solar Installations

Environment Oregon was joined by Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the City of Portland to release a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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News Release | Environment Oregon

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 53% of Oregon’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.  

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News Release | Environment Oregon

Clean Energy is Cutting Carbon Pollution in Oregon

Portland, OR – As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, Oregon is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy and energy efficiency policies, are significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report, Moving America Forward, showed that Oregon’s energy efficiency policies reduced carbon pollution by at least 1.31 million metric tons in 2012. That is comparable to the annual emissions from 272,000 cars.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Moving America Forward

Moving America Forward highlights the important progress America has already made reducing emissions through a series of clean energy and climate policies. Specifically, it quantifies the amount of carbon pollution that was prevented in 2012 by steps taken to implement a specific set of clean energy policies at both the state and federal levels since 2007. This report shows that state leadership can directly reduce carbon pollution, while also laying a foundation for national action, which can deliver significant additional cuts in carbon pollution.

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