For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has been powering much of the state of Oregon. Never was there a more essential time to provide dependable service than this past year. Tested by a pandemic, wildfires, and civil unrest, PGE helped lead their community through these challenges by ensuring safe, reliable, and affordable energy. Beyond providing essential services, PGE played a key role in community recovery by addressing systemic racial injustice, environmental issues, and legislative policy. They did this in large part by bringing together a complex network of government and business to help build a healthier, more sustainable Oregon.
Maria Pope, Chief executive officer of PGE, in conversation with Regina Mayor, Global Head of Energy for KPMG International Limited, highlights her company’s transition to clean energy, a modernized grid, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Ms. Pope explains her view of the future through the five goals that her company will be leaning into.
Topics discussed include:
- PGE’s plan to be 100% net zero carbon by 2040 (and 80% carbon neutral by 2030)
- Investments in renewables, including wind, solar and battery power storage
- Decarbonizing the PGE transportation fleet—including light and heavy-duty trucks, and even forklifts, along with partnerships for carbon-free transportation with the local transit authority and major transport companies such as Amazon, UPS, and FedEx
- The highly successful energy efficiency programs that encourage their customers to be proactive, self-managed, and provide significant savings
- How Ms. Pope’s varied background that includes careers in banking, forestry and software engineering, and a Stanford MBA, have provided a unique industry perspective
- The PGE good corporate citizen philosophy—and actions—behind their overarching goal of advancing society.
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of KPMG LLP