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