Environmental Benefits

Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) was created in 2010 to deliver high-quality job creation, energy savings, and carbon reductions through comprehensive building upgrades.  This program grew out of the Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan, which outlines multiple strategies to reduce the region’s carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. 

Specifically, this plan calls for the reduction of total energy use of all buildings built before 2010 by 25 percent, and highlights Clean Energy Works as a key strategy to helping residents and businesses make energy performance improvements.  CEWO’s unique combination of financing and high quality service has attracted thousands of homeowners to its program to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. 

These upgrades have resulted in significant environmental returns, including an average of 30 percent reduction in energy consumption and three metric tons of annual carbon emissions per home.  These reductions contribute to improved air quality, yielding substantial community benefits to public health and environmental value.