Portland State University and Portland General Electric on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding for a long-term partnership to make Portland a more sustainable city.
The partnership came from a task force appointed by PGE president Jim Piro and PSU president Wim Wiewel to see how the groups could work together on urban sustainability projects.
Now, the university and the utility will work together on research, economic development, community and professional training projects, including a project to get Portland wired for the roll out of electric vehicles later this year.
The MOU also included a $50,000 commitment over two years to create a PGE Foundation Renewable Energy Research lab. The lab will be managed by chemistry faculty Erik Johansson and will look at how semiconductor photovoltaic and photo-electrochemical devices can be made more efficient.