On April 10, 2017, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and City of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler vowed to transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The goal is to meet the community's electricity needs from renewable sources by 2035 and shift all remaining energy sources to renewables by 2050. At the time Chair Kafoury called the commitment “a pledge to our children's future,” and said that honoring that commitment “means a future with cleaner air, a stable climate and more jobs and economic opportunity.’’
On June 1, 2017, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners followed up the Chair’s announcement by adopting a resolution committing the County to a just transition to renewable energy. The resolution was developed in partnership with the City of Portland and stakeholders representing community organizations, environmental groups, utility companies, and environmental justice nonprofits. This bold vision was an acknowledgment that rapid decarbonization of the economy is required to sustain a livable climate. “In the face of a historic dereliction of duty at the federal level to address the climate crisis, our community stood up to say enough. We will take bold steps that correspond with the magnitude of the challenge we face,” said Chair Kafoury.