Portland just announced that it plans to be completely powered by clean energy by 2050, making it one of the largest cities in the country to make the move. It’s an ambitious goal for the city, but Mayor Ted Wheeler believes that it is essential for the health of the planet and its citizens. The decision puts Portland in a growing group of 25 cities across the country who have committed to transitioning to green energy.

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In announcement this week, city leaders revealed plans to meet the city’s electrical needs with renewables within the next 18 years. After that the city plans to transition existing fossil fuel sources for heating and transportation over to green ones by the middle of the century.

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Related: Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland has been working hard to encourage green energy – from supporting wind and solar energy growth to exploring more unusual methods like getting power from water pipes and flushing toilets.

“Getting our community to 100 percent renewable energy is a big goal,” Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland. “And while it is absolutely ambitious, it is a goal that we share with Nike, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Google, GM, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart. We have a responsibility to lead this effort in Oregon.”

Via CNBC

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