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Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard
Introduction to the RPS

Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard applies to the percentage of our electricity that comes from certified renewable resources. The original standard was adopted in 2007. In 2016, the state standard was expanded. Oregon’s new goal means that the state’s largest utilities will provide 50 percent of their electricity through renewable resources by 2040. Smaller utilities have similar but smaller requirements.

ODOE is responsible for tracking Oregon’s RPS goals and serves as Oregon’s program administrator for the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System. We certify eligible renewable energy resources and provide technical expertise to utilities, energy generators, and the public on RPS progress and compliance. 

Oregon's Progress on the RPS

When the RPS was passed in 2007, only 2 percent of Oregon’s electricity needs were met through renewables; today, it’s 15 percent. The RPS has spurred utility investment in renewable resources in Oregon and neighboring states.

Under the RPS, renewable resources such as wind, solar, micro-hydro, offshore wind, biomass, and more are helping the state generate and use renewable power. The biggest jump has been in wind power, which increased from 1.38% in 2007 to 5.92% in 2015. Home-grown renewable power reduces the state’s greenhouse gas emissions while providing more resilient resources for the future.

Next Steps

Significant changes were made to the RPS in 2016, and this page will be updated as ODOE assesses how the new law affects the RPS and Oregon’s energy goals. Utilities interested in learning more about the recent changes or the RPS are encouraged to contact us.

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