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Governor's 10-Year Energy Action Plan

On December 17, 2012, Governor Kitzhaber released a 10-Year Energy Action Plan that protects Oregon consumers and ensures energy investments made today will strengthen the economy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Oregonians spend approximately $14 billion on energy each year, and most of that money leaves the state. The comprehensive plan outlines strategies to meet energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction, and transportation objectives, with strategies that help to create investment opportunities to keep more capital circulating in Oregon.

“This plan will position Oregon to be more competitive and resilient economically and environmentally,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Oregon is consistently ranked as one of the most energy efficient states in the country, and this plan provides concrete steps for us to continue our leadership on energy conservation while laying out a specific blueprint that we can use to boost home-grown renewable energy, clean energy infrastructure, and Oregon companies.”

The draft plan, built with the advice of hundreds of Oregonians and organizations, went out for public comment in June of 2012. More than 1,500 people submitted written comments or participated in a series of public meetings about the plan.

The plan presents three core strategies where the state can play a lead role in innovation, policy development and market transformation:

  1. Meeting 100 percent of new electric load growth through energy efficiency and conservation.
  2. Enhancing clean energy infrastructure development by removing finance and regulatory barriers to attract new investment and pursue promising new technologies.
  3. Accelerating the market transition to a more efficient, lower-cost and cleaner transportation system, including strategies for fleet vehicle conversion and access to cleaner-burning and more efficient vehicles.

    On January 22, 2013, a symposium was held to discuss Cutting Edge Communities. This one-day event was hosted by the Governor’s Office and brought together representatives from local governments across the state to exchange information and ideas on what Cutting Edge Communities throughout Oregon are already doing to invest in energy-saving measures to lower costs for projects ranging from public buildings to transportation infrastructure

This 10-Year Energy Action Plan takes a practical approach to the challenge, focusing on specific initiatives that move the dial in the short term and can be scaled up over time. It is also an economic action plan, emphasizing priorities that can get Oregonians back to work on energy-related projects in urban and rural communities across the state.

10-Year Energy Action Plan