Multnomah County

Population: 807,555 (2017)

County Seat: Portland

Energy Utilities:

  • Columbia River PUD

  • Portland General Electric

  • Pacific Power

  • NW Natural

How do residents in Multnomah County heat their homes?


Did you know?

On the eastern edge of Multnomah County, the Bonneville Dam has a total generating capacity of over one gigawatt of renewable hydropower. The dam is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the electricity is marketed by Bonneville Power Adminstration.

The county is also home to one of two research nuclear reactors in Oregon. Reed College’s research reactor is run by undergraduates and produces neutrons for experiments.

Multnomah County has the highest concentration of electric vehicle chargers in the state.

In 2017, the City of Portland and Multnomah County committed to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035, and 100 percent renewable energy — across sectors — by 2050. In our Biennial Energy Report, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler shared, “Cities that invest in renewable energy are making the responsible choice for our global future and bringing our significant purchasing power to bear in the transition to a clean energy economy. I am a firm believer in the power of local government to lead the change we want to see in the world. After all – this is an issue that our very life depends on. The world is looking to states and cities to be bold and resourceful with policy and action at the local level.”


Check out how solar energy has expanded in this and other Oregon counties since 1999.


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Jennifer KalezComment