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  • Six Oregon school districts to share $400,000 in grant funds
    Six Oregon school districts will be moving forward with energy efficiency upgrades in 2015 thanks to $400,000 in grant funding from the Oregon Department of Energy. Those districts include Blachly, Dufur, Mapleton, John Day, La Grande and Medford. “School districts across Oregon are looking for ways to reduce energy while improving classroom learning environments,” said Michael Kaplan, ODOE director. “These grants will help schools implement cost-effective projects that deliver benefits to students, educators, and districts’ bottom lines for years to come.” To lean more, please go here.
  • Oregon ranks third nationwide for energy efficiency
    light bulbs 2.jpgOregon has placed third in a national ranking of the most energy efficient states, up from fourth last year. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard on October 22. Massachusetts took the top spot for the fourth year in a row, followed by California. Oregon, Vermont and Rhode Island tied for No. 3. For more, please go to this Statesman Journal story.
  • Is your family prepared for an extended power outage?
    Tower-rainbow.JPGIt is not very often that Oregonians have to suffer through an extended power outage. Because it rarely happens, many of us are not adequately prepared for one. To help you get through an outage in relative comfort, here is some helpful advice from our friends at Portland General Electric and Pacific Power.
  • Pendleton-area farmer now saves 20 percent on electricity costs
    Just a few years ago, David Umbarger struggled to adequately irrigate two pieces of property that were not connected to his Pendleton-area ranch. Today, thanks in part to an incentive from the Oregon Department of Energy, Umbarger can easily control the water that goes into three irrigation pivots and save money at the same time. To find out how he did it, go here.
  • Energy incentive enables farm to nearly double capacity
    Nearly a century ago, a young couple started a modest cherry orchard in the rolling hills above The Dalles. Because the orchard had just two varieties, the harvest season was only three weeks long. From picking to packing, everything was done by hand and for the most part, the fruits of their labor did not travel very far. But Walter and Mable Bailey scratched out a living, harvesting 18 tons of cherries in their first season. They made it through the Great Depression and were able to pass the business on to their children. (To continue reading, please go here.)
  • ODOE leading state review of LNG facilities
    Two proposed Liquefied Natural Gas export terminals in Oregon have generated a lot of interest. While the Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exclusive authority to approve or deny the siting, construction, expansion or operation of these LNG terminals, a number of Oregon agencies, including ours, have been actively involved in the federal siting process. The Governor designated the Oregon Department of Energy as the lead state agency for ensuring that Oregon’s interests are addressed in the FERC siting process for LNG facilities and associated pipeline projects. Additionally, ODOE has been delegated the responsibilities for emergency preparedness for LNG facilities. Two LNG companies formally filed applications with FERC this year to build and operate export facilities in Oregon: the Jordan Cove Energy Project near Coos Bay and Oregon LNG in Warrenton. To provide answers about the status of the projects and other information on the federal and state siting process, as well as the safety and security requirements each applicant must address, please go here.
  • Where does Oregon's electricity come from?
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    The Oregon Department of Energy has produced an interactive webpage that is designed to help Oregonians understand how and where their electricity is produced. You can enter the webpage by clicking on the red text below. Once you reach that page, simply click on the five colored bars near the top to learn where the power comes from.
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