Public Process Engagement

Public Process Engagement

Reduce reliance on personal vehicles by making it easier for people to walk, bike, and use public transportation. Reduce fossil fuels and improve air quality. Engage in public processes and help identify the impacts of policies on Energy Plan goals. Engagement priorities will be evaluated yearly. In 2022, priorities include Safe Routes to School and Heights Streetscape Plan, Columbia Area Transit Master Plan, & The Gorge Regional Transit Strategy.

Gorge Transit Strategy

Gorge Transit Strategy

The Gorge Transit Strategy is a collaborative planning process that will set forward a vision for coordinated public transportation in the Gorge. This project supports the Gorge Regional Transit Strategy Working Group in considering fleet electrification, and, if interested, other low-emission fuels like renewable diesel.

Investigate Renewable Diesel

Investigate Renewable Diesel

Biodiesel and renewable diesel are low-emission fuel options that can be mixed with or replace fossil fuel diesel in transportation. This project monitors state bills and the work of other cities that are reducing climate change emissions by implementing renewable diesel policies.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Planning with Local Governments and Local Utilities

Electric Vehicle (EV) Planning with Local Governments and Local Utilities

This project aims to reduce infrastructure costs and accelerate EV adoptions. The Energy Council looks to support governing bodies and publicly owned utilities in considering innovative programs to support transportation and reduce the costs of electrification. Examples for municipalities include requiring vehicle or bike charging in right of ways, lamp posts, or multifamily dwellings when under development.