Energy in Oregon

​​​​​​​​​​​Oregon recognizes the merits of studying and planning for offshore wind, though it has not committed to deployment targets. HB 3375 (2021) requires ODOE to develop a legislative report that identifies the benefits and challenges of integrating up to 3 GW of floating offshore wind by 2030.​ ​
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The Floating Offshore Wind Study will consist of a literature review by ODOE of relevant studies, followed by structured engagement with stakeholders.

​Pursuant to the law, ODOE's study will involve:
  • Literature review​ on the benefits and challenges of integrating up to 3 GW of floating offshore wind into Oregon's electric grid by 2030.
  • Development of prompting questions to help gather input from stakeholders on the ​topics identified in the literature review, including reliability, state renewable energy goals, jobs, equity and resilience.
  • Convening, at minimum, two public meetings (see below) with interested stakeholders to provide a summary of the literature review and to gather feedback on key topics.
  • Submitting a final report to the Legislature that summarizes the key findings from the literature review and stakeholder consultation, as well as opportunities for future study and engagement.

Stakeholder Engagement

HB 3375 calls for broad stakeholder engagement with state, regional and national entities, and lists several specific stakeholders to consult with, including but not limited to:

  • Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
  • Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon)
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • United States Department of Defense
Sign up to receive meeting notices and email updates about the study. The final report is due to the Legislature by September 15​, 2022.

Meetings & Opportunities for Input

ODOE will convene meetings to provide information and opportunities for feedback between January - May 2022. Materials and log-in information will be published below prior to the meetings.

​Meeting
Materials
Kick-off Information Meeting

January 20, 2022
9 - 11 a.m.

Meeting Recording​


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Literature Review​

ODOE reviewed a number of existing studies and reports, and published a draft literature review in Janu​ary 2022. We have a set of prompting questions and are seeking feedback from the public and stakeholders through our online comment portal (see the prompting questions here). We are asking for initial feedback by February 18, 2022.