Energy Facility Siting Council To Meet February 22 In The Dalles

Oregon’s first state-jurisdictional wind farm (approved back in 2001) and a not-yet-built Wasco County wind farm will be the focus of discussion at the next Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council meeting on Friday, February 22 in The Dalles. The public meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Discovery Center.

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ODOE Climate Policy Analyst Lesley Jantarasami to Present at Salem Science Pub

Oregon is already feeling the effects of climate change, from widespread drought to smoky summers. The science behind how climate change is affecting our environment and health will be the topic of conversation at the next Salem Environmental Education Science Pub Night on Tuesday, January 22.

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Oregon Department of Energy Celebrates Biogas Facility Groundbreaking with City of Salem

ODOE Director Janine Benner was proud to join the City of Salem today to celebrate the groundbreaking for an upgraded 650-kilowatt cogeneration facility at the Willow Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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New State Plan Outlines Steps for Reducing Energy Burden, Improving Energy Efficiency

Oregon Housing and Community Services, Oregon Department of Energy, and the Oregon Public Utility Commission today announced the publication of an initial 10-year plan to reduce energy burden and improve energy efficiency in affordable housing across the state. The plan, which is accompanied by an interactive assessment of energy use in affordable housing, provides recommended steps for Oregon to reduce the energy burden on low-income households.

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Oregon Department of Energy Encourages Oregonians to Weigh in on Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup

The Oregon Department of Energy expressed its concern in an official letter to the U.S. Department of Energy late last month, regarding USDOE’s proposal to offer a new interpretation of what constitutes “high-level radioactive waste” at the Hanford Site and other nuclear cleanup sites across the country.

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Oregon Department of Energy Year in Review

Our latest ODOE newsletter is a Year in Review from our Director, Janine Benner. From supporting energy-related executive orders to processing the state’s first large-scale solar facility to publishing our new and improved Biennial Energy Report, it has been a busy year. We’re looking forward to what 2019 brings.

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Grounded Podcast: Ashland Captures the Sun

On our latest episode of Grounded, we’re talking solar energy and virtual net metering in Ashland, Oregon. Stu Green, the City of Ashland’s Climate and Energy Analyst, talks about the city’s bold strategy for expanding access to renewable solar electricity to more Oregonians.

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10 Resolutions for a Green Revolution

It’s that time of year again to reflect on the past and map out plans toward a better future. This year, while drawing up strategies for a new and improved you, we encourage you to include some resolutions focused on energy efficiency and sustainability… Small changes in our daily routines can go a long way, and collectively, make a powerful difference. To make it easy for you we’ve come up with a list of 10 resolutions you can implement for a greener New Year.

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Oregon Global Warming Commission Publishes Biennial Report to the Legislature

The effects of climate change, predicted over the last three decades, are now arriving in Oregon, challenging Oregon communities, businesses, and households, and heralded by the wildfire smoke that has choked Oregon towns from Ashland to Sisters to Portland over the last two years.

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Energy Facility Siting Council To Meet December 14 In The Dalles

Two energy facilities planned for northeastern Oregon will be the focus of discussion at the next Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council meeting on Friday, December 14 in The Dalles. The public meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive.

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ODOE’s Siting Division Reviewing A Record 15 Projects

Utility-scale solar electric facilities are the hot new thing in Oregon, and many existing wind farms are taking steps to “repower” older turbines by using longer blades. Those are two reasons why the Facility Siting Division at the Oregon Department of Energy now has a record 15 projects under review!

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Oregon Climate Experts Help Shape New National Climate Assessment

Last week, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released volume two of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. The technical, scientific report assesses the impacts of climate change on the United States – from how climate change will affect different people and regions across the country, to how the country is adapting to effects already underway.

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Northern Wasco PUD Helps Customers Improve Home Efficiency

We often talk about energy efficiency and weatherization with a broad perspective – describing various program requirements or cumulative statewide energy savings. But it’s worth remembering that these programs make meaningful improvements to people’s lives, where families save energy and money, have an easier time paying their energy bills, improve the value of their homes, and are more comfortable.

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