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Oregon's Energy Profile


Energy resources can meet all types of energy demand, such as heating your home, filling up your car and turning on your lights. This page offers a brief explanation of how energy is consumed in Oregon and what resources fuel that consumption.

 

Transportation, thermal energy and electricity are three of the largest areas Oregonians consume energy.

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ELECTRICITY

Hydroelectric power makes up the largest portion of Oregon’s Electricity Resource Mix,
 
followed by coal and natural gas. The most significant change in electricity consumption from 2005 to 2010 is the growth of natural gas, from 3.3 percent to 16.24 percent. Wind has also seen consistent growth, increasing from 0.25 percent to 4.31 percent. Oregon’s mix includes power generated outside of the state and delivered to Oregon consumers.

THERMAL

The thermal portion of our energy profile is the energy we use for heating and cooling our buildings like heating water and energy used for industrial processes like food processing and drying lumber.

 
In 2009, Oregon’s total thermal energy demand was about 263.4 trillion British Thermal Units, or about 26 percent of total energy consumption. Electricity, natural gas and petroleum is the fuel used for more than 90 percent of Oregon’s total thermal load.

 


TRANSPORTATION

Transportation accounts for approximately 33 percent of energy use in Oregon. Gasoline and diesel are the most common transportation fuels at 60 and 20 percent, respectively.

 
​These two fuels account for more than 50 percent of the amount paid by Oregonians for energy use.

 


GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Roughly 85 percent of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions are energy-related. In terms of economic sectors of activity, the transportation of goods and people account for the largest share of emissions, at about 37 to 38 percent in recent years.

 
Residential and commercial activity in homes, offices, stores, and the like, using energy, generating municipal solid waste, and fertilizing lawns, is a close second at about 34 percent. The industrial sector has been stable in recent years at about 20 percent of emissions. Agricultural activities have hovered around 8 percent.