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City Of Portland, GE Team Up On Green Tech

The City of Portland signed an agreement Tuesday with the industrial giant General Electric.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, they've agreed to experiment in town to learn what might be the green technologies of the future.

GE wants to use Portland as a kind of laboratory for everything from 'smart electricity meters' to electric vehicle infrastructure. The city hopes the various tests will show the nation that Portland's on the cutting edge of sustainable technologies.

Mayor Sam Adams also hopes GE will help local green businesses expand.

Sam Adams: "It is an opportunity to take Portland products and services and sell them all over the country and around the world."

No money is changing hands in the agreement.  But GE says it's looking into donating energy efficient light bulbs to help schools reduce their carbon footprints.

The city and GE also hope to work on a new ultra-green building planned for Portland State University.