As promised, Commissioner Carmen Rubio is proposing changes to the Portland Clean Energy Fund to address issues raised by a city audit and concerns expressed by City Council members about its fiscal accountability.

The program was created by Measure 26-201, which was drafted by a coalition of minority, environmental, social justice and faith-based organizations. It was approved at the November 2018 election and imposes a 1% surcharge on retailers with annual sales of $1 billion or more in the U.S. and $500,000 or more within Portland. The money raised is intended to fund energy and environmental projects to benefit lower-income communities, including communities of color.