CESA Member Oregon
The Oregon Department of Energy is helping to shape the state’s energy future. The agency is dedicated to keeping Oregon on the leading edge of renewable energy and efficiency while supporting energy innovation, investment, and resilience. From helping individual Oregonians save energy at home to overseeing the state’s interests in the world’s largest environmental cleanup at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington, ODOE’s work is challenging and diverse. The agency works with developers and communities on proposed energy facilities, with schools and manufacturers looking to save energy and money, and with other agencies and stakeholders on meeting the challenges of climate change. Oregon is one of the most energy efficient states in the country, routinely landing near the top of annual national rankings.
ODOE implements state energy goals and policies, with a focus on leading by example at the state level. ODOE programs also help the state maximize energy efficiency and conservation, expand homegrown energy resources, and support innovations in demand response, energy storage, and resiliency. ODOE reports to the governor's office and to the state’s legislative and judicial branches. ODOE also staffs the Energy Facility Siting Council, which is responsible for siting Oregon's large energy facilities.
ODOE Programs Serve Oregonians Across the State
ODOE programs and incentives support businesses, residents, tribes, schools, local governments, and nonprofits around the state that want to invest in renewable energy:
- Renewable Energy Development Grants
- Conservation Tax Credits
- Transportation Tax Credits
- Residential Energy Tax Credits
- State Home Oil Weatherization Program cash rebates
- Biomass Producer/Collector Tax Credits
- State Energy Loans
- Alternative Fuel Vehicle Revolving Loan Fund
ODOE also offers technical guidance and expertise on:
- Siting of large energy facilities
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
- Energy efficient public buildings and schools
- Nuclear safety and petroleum contingency planning
- Various energy resource working group initiatives
Oregon Regularly Lands in ACEEE’s Top 5 Most Energy Efficient States
For more than 40 years, ODOE has prioritized policies and programs to help Oregonians conserve energy – which has saved enough electricity, natural gas, oil, wood, and diesel to cut energy bills by more than $2 billion.
Oregon also has a newly expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard. By 2040, 50 percent of the electricity from utility providers must come from renewable resources. In 2016, the Oregon Legislature also passed new rules that will phase out coal-generated energy in Oregon by 2030.
Oregon is rich in renewable resources. The state’s hydroelectric power production is second only to Washington state, and Oregon’s geothermal potential is the third highest in the nation.
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- Oregon Hosts 8th Annual Future Energy Conference
- ODOE to Offer Research and Development Funds for Energy Storage
- Governors of 17 States Sign Bipartisan Pledge to Accelerate Renewable Energy Efforts
- Energy Storage Brings Resiliency to Eugene, OR
- Oregon’s Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant Achieves Net-Zero Status