Energy in Oregon

​​Leading Oregon to a safe, clean, and sustainable energy future.
Our planet's average temperature is rising. With rising temperatures come changes in weather and climate across the globe. We have seen extreme heat waves and flooding in several parts of the country, and our own state has experienced severe drought. 

We know that climate ​change is influenced by human activities. As we release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the air, our atmosphere warms. Interested in learning more about climate change in Oregon? Check out Chapter 2 of our 2018 Biennial Energy Report (large PDF). 

In 2020, Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-04, directing State of Oregon agencies to take action to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions​ toward meeting reduction goals of at least 45 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2035 and at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Learn more about how ODOE works to re​duce greenhouse gas emissions​ and how we'll help implement the executive order.

​The energy sector can be a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions -- but it can also be part of the solution. The Orego​n Department of Energy is committed to leading our state to a cleaner energy future: 

  • Oregon has one of the most robust Renewable Portfolio Standards, where 50 percent of our electricity must come from renewable resources by 2040. By 2030, we will phase out electricity generated by coal.

  • While the fede​ral Clean Power Plan is on hold, we continue to partner with other agencies and organizations to work toward the goals established in the Plan.

  • ​ODOE also supports the Oregon Global Warming Commission, which is charged with tracking trends in greenhouse gas emissions and recommending ways to reduce them. 
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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 Climate Change & Energy in Oregon​
Data: Greenhouse Gases in Oregon 

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