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About Us
Welcome to the Oregon Department of Energy
Mission Statement
The mission of the Oregon Department of Energy is to ensure Oregon has an adequate supply of reliable and affordable energy and is safe from nuclear contamination, by helping Oregonians save energy, develop clean energy resources, promote renewable energy, and clean up nuclear waste.
Organization
Annual Performance Measures

The Department of Energy was created in 1975. The department protects Oregon's environment by saving energy, developing clean energy resources and cleaning up nuclear waste. To encourage investments in energy efficiency and conservation, the office offers loans, tax credits, information, and technical expertise to households, businesses, schools and governments. The office aims to ensure that Oregon's mix of energy resources minimizes harm to the environment and reliably meets the state's needs. To meet this commitment, the office formulates energy policies, advances the development of renewable energy resources, and evaluates whether proposed energy facilities are economically and environmentally sound. The office also oversees the cleanup and transport of radioactive waste and develops and implements emergency plans for accidents involving radioactive materials. A major focus is the cleanup of radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear site on the Columbia River in eastern Washington and the Trojan nuclear plant in Columbia County. The office staffs two energy policy and regulatory boards. The Energy Facility Siting Council is a board of citizens that determines whether energy facilities may be built in Oregon. The Hanford Waste Board represents Oregon's interests related to the Hanford site.
Programs
  • Encouraging investments in conservation and renewable resources by offering tax credits, loans, rebates, and grants.
  • Providing information and assistance to households, businesses, schools, and government agencies on ways to save energy.
  • Demonstrating the workability of new energy- saving equipment, appliances, materials, manufacturing processes, and building practices.
  • Regulating the cleanup and transportation of radioactive wastes through the state.
  • Ensuring that the state is prepared to respond to accidents involving radioactive materials.
  • Advocating the cleanup of radioactive wastes at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
  • Providing technical help and financial incentives to promote the use of renewable resources.
  • Siting prudent, safe and environmentally sound energy facilities.