Portland, Oregon Likely to Soon Require Energy Benchmarking

The Portland City Council held a hearing last week on a new Energy Performance Reporting Policy and will make a decision whether to approve it on April 22. A spokesman for the city said, “it looks positive” that the new mandated energy reporting for commercial buildings will be approved.

If so, Portland will become the 12th city in the nation to institute such a policy. In Portland’s case, the policy would replace a voluntary program for building owners to track their energy usage.

The new policy would apply to commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and larger and would require (i) that they track energy performance using Energy Star Portfolio Manager, (ii) calculate an Energy Use Intensity (energy use per square foot), Energy Star score, and carbon emissions; and (iii) report this information to the City of Portland on an annual basis.


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