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America’s Leading Green-Power Community is Hillsboro

Post Date:07/26/2018

Solar Panel_Celebrate HillsboroIf you live in Hillsboro, you're a resident of the number one green-power community in America.

Data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows Hillsboro, Oregon remains the national leader in green power usage. Hillsboro community members voluntarily purchase more than 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power each year – most in the nation – representing 64.7 percent of all power purchased throughout the Hillsboro community.

“We are fortunate to have businesses, residents, and a local government that have made sustainability a priority,” said Peter Brandom, Senior Project Manager and Sustainability Manager for the City of Hillsboro. “By making the choice to use clean, renewable energy, our community becomes more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the United States that using green power is a sound business decision and an important tool in reducing one’s carbon footprint in the fight against climate change.”

Photo of Jones Farm Solar PanelsAccording to the EPA, the amount of green power purchased in Hillsboro represents the equivalent annual energy use of more than 161,000 average U.S. homes. Since 2012, Hillsboro has steadily increased the percentage of green power used by homes and businesses from 39 percent to 64.7 percent in 2018. In doing so, the City of Hillsboro has moved closer to the goal established in the community’s Environmental Sustainability Plan of 75 percent green power purchased by 2035.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps build demand for the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.

Community

Annual Green Power Usage (kWh)

Community

Green Power % of Total Electricity Use

1.

Hillsboro, Oregon

1,736,558,370

El Cerrito, CA

90%

2.

Washington, DC

1,344,292,650

Hillsboro, OR

64.7%

3.

Portland, Oregon

888,647,738

Glen Ellyn, IL

35%

4.

Cincinnati, OH

680,060,575

Napa County, CA

34.5%

5.

Santa Clara, CA

424,546,000

Fairfax, CA

34.1%

 

Full rankings are located at www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-communities

In addition, the City of Hillsboro has earned national recognition for its energy savings efforts at City buildings and facilities. In its 2018 Better Building Progress Report, the Department of Energy highlights the City of Hillsboro’s achievements for reducing its energy footprint by 26 percent since 2009 — the greatest improvement among all public agencies in the nation — as well as the City’s work to reduce water use by 11 percent since 2012.

In 2016, the City of Hillsboro formed the High-Performance Building Partnership for new development that encourages above-code construction. The effort aims to save owners of new homes in Hillsboro millions of dollars in energy costs.

The report also highlights the Hillsboro School District’s work to reduce energy consumption by 16 percent since 2014 as ranking among the top 10 energy-saving school districts in the United States.


About Hillsboro, Oregon

Hillsboro is one of Oregon’s most diverse and dynamic cities, with a steadily growing population of 101,540 residents, as of 2017. Hillsboro is the largest city in Washington County and serves as the county seat. During the workday, more than 50,000 employees commute to Hillsboro to work at companies such as Intel, Nike, and Genentech.

Known as the “high-tech hub of Oregon” and the “tallest tree in the Silicon Forest,” Hillsboro has some of the best land, power, and water resources in the country. With its thriving economy, Hillsboro is the home of Oregon’s fourth-largest school district, two higher-education campuses, and 28 parks with more than 1,500 acres of designated green spaces.

Annual community events include the Oregon International Air Show, the Hillsboro Latino Cultural Festival, and one of the largest 4th of July parades in the Northwest. The Hillsboro Hops, the only professional baseball team in the Portland metro area, entertain fans during home games at the City’s baseball stadium, Ron Tonkin Field. Learn more at www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,600 Partners voluntarily using more than 49 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.

 


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