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About Us

Safe, clean, sustainable energy for all Oregonians

At the Oregon Department of Energy, we’re dedicated to keeping our state on the leading edge of energy efficiency and renewable energy while supporting energy investment, innovation, and resilience.

ODOE is committed to helping Oregon remain an energy leader

Oregon is one of the most energy efficient states in the country, landing near the top of annual national rankings. Our state is rich in renewable resources, with power generated from wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and more. Through meaningful partnerships with our stakeholders, we focus on delivering effective programs that help Oregon businesses, residents, tribes, schools, local governments and nonprofits meet their energy goals.

Mission Statement
Leading Oregon to a safe, clean, and sustainable energy future.
The Oregon Legislature created ODOE in 1975, setting the stage for our statewide role:

“​It is the goal of Oregon to promote the efficient use of energy resources and to develop permanently sustainable energy resources.”

Today, ODOE helps implement the state’s energy goals and policies. Through our diverse programs, we:

  • Encourage adoption of and investment in energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy
  • Provide policy expertise and guidance on areas such as solar energy, energy storage, and Oregon’s renewable portfolio standard
  • Offer energy efficiency resources for schools, businesses, public agencies, manufacturers, farmers, and more
  • Offer energy tax credits, information, rebates, and assistance for Oregonians looking to save energy and money
  • Staff the Energy Facility Siting Council, appointed by the Governor, to help ensure that large proposed energy generating facilities are approved, built, operated, and decommissioned consistent with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Provide compliance oversight of large energy facilities
  • Offer technical assistance, grants, tax credits, and long-term, low-interest loans for businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies
  • Oversee Oregon’s interests in the Hanford nuclear site cleanup and ensure the state is prepared to respond to emergencies at energy facilities

As a statewide agency, we are committed to providing information, services, and assistance to every Oregonian.  

For residents:

ODOE has helped hundreds of thousands of residential consumers heat and cool their homes more efficiently, weatherize their homes, and move to more efficient devices. In 2014, we issued more than 15,000 tax credits to Oregon households. Since 1978, our residential programs have saved or displaced enough energy in the state to serve about 400,000 households for one year.

For public entities:

Through our State Energy Efficient Design program, we’ve helped State of Oregon agencies reduce energy use and meet efficiency goals ahead of schedule. Programs designed specifically for K-12 schools have helped more than 100 districts implement energy efficiency projects, resulting in more comfortable classrooms and better learning environments for students and educators.

For businesses and nonprofits:

ODOE’s State Energy Loan Program provides low-interest loans to help businesses, ranchers, farmers, nonprofits, and others save energy and generate clean power. Our various incentive programs and technical resources help support energy conservation, alternative fuel vehicles, and renewable energy development.

For the future:

Across the state, we help promising initiatives leverage funds to advance energy innovation – from providing grants to energy storage research to providing technical expertise on emerging issues like marine energy. We prioritize diversifying Oregon’s energy mix and successfully integrating new energy sources into the grid. We also support statewide efforts to meet Oregon’s future energy needs and responsibilities. In 1999, we were the first state in the nation to adopt carbon dioxide emission performance standards for new natural gas-fired power plants. Today, we’re helping to write Oregon’s plan for complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and protect public health.