Oregon Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 469A.005 to 469A.210

Regulatory Agencies

Oregon Public Utility Commission

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Oregon state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard and conservation standards.

Administration and enforcement. The Oregon Public Utility Commission administers and enforces the renewable energy requirements in Oregon.

State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

ORS 469A.005 to 469A.210

Oregon has passed a renewable energy portfolio statute that requires each utility to include in its energy portfolio a quantity of electricity generated from renewable resources that meets the following annual targets:

  • 2011: 5 percent
  • 2012: 5 percent
  • 2013: 5 percent
  • 2014: 5 percent
  • 2015: 15 percent
  • 2016: 15 percent
  • 2017: 15 percent
  • 2018: 15 percent
  • 2019: 15 percent
  • 2020: 20 percent
  • 2021: 20 percent
  • 2022: 20 percent
  • 2023: 20 percent
  • 2024: 20 percent
  • 2025: 25 percent

Renewable energy resources. A renewable energy resource is electricity generated utilizing one of the following:

  • Wind energy
  • Solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy
  • Wave, tidal, and ocean thermal energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Biomass and biomass by-products, including but not limited to electricity generated from the following, but not if the biomass includes municipal solid waste or wood that ...

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