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To cut carbon, Eugene seeks path to electric future

Screenshot of Eugene City Council meeting, 11/17/2021
Screenshot Rachael McDonald
The Eugene City Council discussed their Climate Action Plan at their Wednesday (11/17/2021) Work Session.

The Eugene City Council is seeking ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while heating or cooling buildings. One way is to phase out natural gas, which is a fossil fuel.

The City Council is considering requiring all new construction to install electric heating and cooling systems. But, there’s concern about the capacity for EWEB to supply power to the full city. And Eugene is negotiating with Northwest natural on its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

“This council is committed to moving forward toward electrification and de-carbonization in a very deliberative, thoughtful and successful way,” said Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis. “We want to move that work forward.”

Vinis said she expects this topic to dominate their conversations in 2022. At their Wednesday work session on their Climate Action Plan, council directed staff to create a roadmap to eliminate carbon energy use by 2045.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.