Clean Energy Works Statewide Expansion Planned

A successful Portland-based home energy savings program is up for consideration for a $193,000 Portland City Council grant to expand the program statewide this week. The Clean Energy Works program received a $20 million federal grant in April to expand the weatherization improvements from the initial 500 Portland homes to an Oregon-wide program.

The Clean Energy Works program was established to assist Portland homeowners with purchasing and installation of energy saving insulation and appliances like high efficiency furnace or water heaters, providing low-cost financing options and working with Energy Trust of Oregon to develop a dedicated team of contractors to do the work.

“With the federal government as a partner, Oregon will now be able to put people back to work making homes, schools and businesses across the state more efficient while saving taxpayers more of their hard-earned money,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

The Clean Energy Works program is part of the Portland Climate Action Plan, which works to reduce the energy use of all buildings built before 2010 by 25 percent. Partners in the program include Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Energy Trust of Oregon, NW Natural, Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, Shorebank Enterprise Cascadia, Work Systems, Inc. and Multnomah County.

The program includes the following steps:

  1. Homeowners sign up for a home energy assessment through www.cleanenergyworksportland.org/apply.
  2. Clean Energy Works Portland℠ will schedule the home energy assessment to be performed by a certified Building Performance Institute contractor and provide an “Energy Advocate” to explain recommended measures and financing options, and help the homeowner through the installation process.
  3. Homeowners will choose which options best meet their needs.
  4. In coordination with the Energy Advocate, the contractor will then arrange to implement the energy efficiency improvements made.
  5. Homeowners pay nothing up front. The cost of improvements is financed through a 20-year loan that is repaid in small amounts on the homeowners monthly utility bill.

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