The City Council appointed the first five members of the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The committee will help administer the fund that was approved by city voters at the November 2018 general election. The program anticipated to raise between $54 million and $71 million through a 1% city business license tax increase on large retailers doing business in Portland. The funds are to be spent on clean energy projects that primarily benefit marginalized communities.