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Safety & Resilience

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​​​​​The Oregon D​epartment of Energy has been directed by the federal government​ and SB 1567​ to prepare an Energy Security Plan for Oregon. The plan will identify risks to​ electricity, liquid fuel, and natural gas/propane systems, and propose ways to mitigate those risks.
​​Using funding from the federal ​government’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)​, the Oreg​on Department of Energy is leading a coordinated effort with other state agencies, the U.S. DOE, county and local governments, tribal governments, citizen groups, utilities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and industry leaders, and the public
to develop and impl​​ement Oregon’s Energy Security Plan. Plan development will occur through 2024. The plan will assess risks and threats to Oregon’s energy systems, and identify prioritized mitigation options that can be implemented in the future to improve Oregon’s energy security.​ 

The final product will offer project and policy options that could be implemented to reduce risks for Oregon as a whole, as well as for specific regions throughout the state. It will act as a living resource, which will be reviewed and updated regularly.

Stakeholders are encouraged to weigh in through our online comment portal, participate in upcoming public meetings, and share information about this project with oth​er interested parties.

2023 Energy Security Plan Draft​

2023 ESP Cover.pngODOE took the initial step to compile energy data and information into a draft Oregon Energy Security Plan. The draft plan compiles the foundational state-level information critical to energy security, including:
  • Agencies and organizations that play a role in energy security.
  • Overview of the emergency preparedness and response structure for​​ all events affecting Oregon.
  • Coordination with federal, state, local, Tribal, and private sector partners, including neighboring states.
  • Overview of Oregon's energy profile and supply chains.
  • Summary of known energy sector threats and mitigation strategies to reduce risk.   
This draft Oregon Energy Security Plan was a required step from the U.S. Department of Energy that demonstrates progress in complying with federal requirements. While the plan is intended to be a living document, a final Oregon Energy Security Plan must be completed by September 30, 2024 and submitted to the U.S. DOE and the Oregon Legislature. 

Next Steps​

Oregon has talented and dedicated scientists and emergency planners working to assess and develop plans to respond and recover from emergencies. As our knowledge and experience have expanded, planning progress has not necessarily been compiled in an intentional and holistic way, and data gaps may remain. To complete the 2024 Oregon Energy Security Plan, ODOE will bring together existing relevant threat information for electricity, liquid fuels, and natural gas systems and collect new data to fill any identified data gaps. The goal is then to use this comprehensive dataset to complete a quantified risk assessment of all threats to Oregon's energy systems. This effort requires extensive stakeholder engagement (see below).

After conducting the risk assessment and analysis of threats to Oregon's energy systems, ODOE will propose a suite of prioritized mitigation options that can be implemented in the future to reduce risk and improve Oregon's energy security. It is the agency's vision that the mitigation options will be an investment plan to Oregon's energy security future.

ODOE's goal is to use the federal funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to provide a resource that links existing plans together and identifies, documents, and discusses risks to Oregon's energy systems. Once the data is collected, the state, local governments, and Tribes — in collaboration with energy providers, nonprofit organizations, and all Oregonians — can better prepare for supply disruptions and make more informed decisions related to energy systems and infrastructure investments, resilience and hardening strategies, and asset management. The desired outcome of the final plan is a toolset that can allow Oregon to make investment decisions that reduce risk and help prevent, respond to, and recover from events that cause insecurity to the state's energy systems.

Stakeholder Engagement

To ensure the plan serves all Oregonians, ODOE will conduct outreach to gather stories and data from all regions, economic sectors, and walks of life – seeking feedback from stakeholders and Tribal Nations throughout the project. Over the next year, ODOE will hold virtual and hybrid meetings in each of the regions of the state shown below. Stakeholders are also encouraged to submit comments and express interest in getting involved through our online portal. The portal will prompt you to enter your contact information - then you can select a topic, choose your region, use the comment box to submit comments or self-identify as an environmental justice organization, and select whether you would like to receive email updates or not. You can also sign up for email updates h​ere.

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Meetings
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​Meeting Materials
Statewide Kick-Off Webinar

October 16, 2023 | 12:30-2:00

Meeting Recording​

Meeting Presentation​
Additional Background

Oregon’s energy sector consists of electricity, liquid fuels, and natural gas assets that are geographically dispersed and connected by systems and networks across our state and region. The energy sector is uniquely vital as all other critical infrastructure and lifeline services depend on power and liquid fuels to operate. Oregon’s energy infrastructure and delivery systems are vulnerable to a variety of hazards​, including severe weather (flooding, wildfires, earthquakes, etc.), systems and infrastructure failures, pandemics, deliberate physical or cyber attacks, and other events. Whatever the cause, when the demand for energy is greater than the available supply, energy insecurity is created. A disruption in the critical energy infrastructure can directly affect the security and resilience within the energy sectors and across other critical infrastructure systems – transportation, communications, and water – threatening public health and safety, the environment, the region’s economy, and perhaps our national security. ​

The Oregon Energy Security Plan is intended to help the state plan for, respond to, and recover from events that disrupt energy supply (electricity, natural gas, liquid fuels, etc). Through efforts to quantify and mitigate risks to energy infrastructure, ODOE is working to ensure a reliable and resilient supply of energy at an affordable price.