Oregon Prioritizes Wildfire Mitigation
Wildfire prevention and control are high priorities for the Governor of Oregon, exemplified through the creation of the Wildfire Response Council in January 2019 and the call by legislators to dedicate funding to a wildfire mitigation package in the 2019 legislative session.
Wildfire prevention is also a priority for Oregon's electricity sector and the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC). California wildfires and the resulting devastation linked to the electric system highlight the importance of working to prevent and detect threats early to minimize future wildfires and their impact.
On August 25, 2020, the PUC initiated an informal rulemaking process (Docket No. AR 638) to address electric utility risk-based wildfire protection plans. The rulemaking process will work to incorporate the recommendations of the Governor's Council on Wildfire Response and the guidance issued in the Governor's Executive Order 20-04.
As part of this process, the PUC is seeking broad public engagement to identify issues of concern and receive feedback on potential wildfire protection plan rules ahead of initiating a formal rulemaking process. Members of the public interested in following or participating in this docket should subscribe to the docket to receive update notifications.
For more information about how to get involved, go to https://www.oregon.gov/puc/news-events/Pages/Get-Involved.aspx.
PUC Hosted Events
The PUC hosted events to encourage dialogue between utilities, subject matter experts, as well as local, regional and state leadership to share perspectives and evolving approaches to the rapidly changing wildfire risk and its impact on electric utilities, their customers, and the communities they serve.
Oregon Wildfire & Electric Collaborative
West Coast Utility Commissions - Wildfire Dialogue
Held August 16, 2019 in partnership with public utility commissioners from British Columbia, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Special Public Meeting