The Oregon Department of Energy is responsible for ensuring a resilient energy system.
A resilient energy system is one that can recover quickly after a disruption like a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, a sea level rise such as a storm surge, or heightened forest fire dangers.
Follow updates on ODOE's safety and resilience work on our blog
and through our stakeholder engagement activities
Oregon Guidebook for Local Energy Resilience
The partnership, along with input from several other Oregon utilities, helped inform the Oregon Guidebook for Local Energy Resilience: for Small and Medium Utilities
. The guidebook serves as an action plan for consumer-owned utilities, including recommended steps to enhance local energy resilience; a list of local, state, and federal resources; and a number of case studies and resilience topic deep dives to help COUs better prepare for emergencies that could disrupt electricity service.
Energy Resilience Planning
Our programs support projects that boost resilience, such as distributed generation, marine energy, and energy storage. ODOE is also working with other state and local agencies and stakeholders to assess the current risks to our energy system, and how we would respond.
Our planning work includes mitigating the effects of a short-term disaster as well as supporting flexible energy systems that can respond to climate change efforts.
Oregon Fuel Action Plan
The Oregon Department of Energy is responsible for implementing the Oregon Fuel Action Plan, which outlines Oregon's response to severe or long-term petroleum shortages or disruptions.
The Plan addresses how we would access gasoline and diesel in Oregon, and how we would distribute fuel to state emergency services such as law enforcement, fire, and medical services, and to essential service providers that include utilities, telecommunications, public works, public transit, and sanitation services.
In addition to ODOE's work, other state of Oregon agencies are also focused on large-scale resiliency planning. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management coordinates statewide efforts for preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Learn more by reading the Oregon Resilience Plan .
Oregonians can also do their part. Be prepared for an emergency at home, at work, and in your car. Visit our blog for more tips.
Ready.gov also has recommendations for how you can be prepared, including putting together an emergency kit with food and water, determining a family communication plan, and more.