Energy in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Energy is responsible for collecting and analyzing data about energy in Oregon. 
ODOE regularly collects data about Oregon's energy supply, use, and resiliency. Analyzing the information is critical to understanding the state's current energy landscape and for guiding decision-making and statewide energy planning. ​

Currently, most of Oregon's energy is used for transportation, heating and cooling, and electricity. Learn more about how energy produces, imports, and uses energy in our 2018 Biennial Energy Report


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Transportation
Transportation​ accounts for about 38 percent of Oregon's 2016 energy consumption. This includes personal, passenger, and commercial vehicle fuels, both on and off the roads, plus airplanes, boats, barges, ships, and trains. Nearly all transportation-related sources of energy are imported from out of state for in-state use.

When it comes to the amount of money Oregonians pay for energy, the cost of transportation fuels makes up about half.

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Electricity
Electricity is where most people begin when thinking about energy — the critical resource that powers our day-to-day lives. About 35 percent of Oregon's 2016 energy consumption was electricity, which comes from facilities across the western United States and in Oregon.

Hydroelectric power makes up the largest portion of Oregon's electricity resource mix, followed by coal and natural gas. With our Renewable Portfolio Standard, half of Oregon's electricity will come from renewable resources by 2040.

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​Direct Use Fuels
Direct use fuels include fuel oil and natural gas used to heat homes and commercial spaces, fuels used for other residential purposes, such as gas stoves, solar thermal heating, and fuels used directly in industrial processes. About 27 percent of Oregon's 2016 energy consumption was direct use fuels.
Oregon saw an overall trend of increased energy use for almost four decades—an average of 3.6 percent growth per year from 1960 to 1999. During that time, we shifted from a reliance on fuel oil and wood to increased usage of natural gas and electricity in our homes and businesses. Oregon reached our highest consumption in 1999; since then, energy use has been decreasing. The amount of energy we used in Oregon declined by 12.5 percent between 2000 and 2016. 


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Resources
Oregon's Electricity Mix

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