Gov. Kitzhaber releases final 10-year energy plan for Oregon
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Monday released the final version of of a 10-year energy plan for Oregon.
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Monday released the final version of his 10-Year Energy Action Plan, an outline for energy policy and focus for Oregon that sets out to improve energy efficiency across the state, boost clean energy development and accelerate the transition to a cleaner transportation system.
The plan itself isn't much different from the draft plan, but the comment period and revisions helped hone the focus of the plan, according to those involved in the process. Some 1,200 comments were submitted during the comment period.
"In general we received a lot of support for the plan's main priorities," said Margi Hoffmann, Kitzhaber's energy adviser. "But there was a lot of stakeholder input that helped us refine our approach."
For example, Hoffmann said, there is more clarity in the plan for how incentives for energy efficiency improvements will be structured in commercial and multifamily settings where the owners of the buildings aren't always the one paying the utility bills.
The plan is meant to set strategy to create energy investment opportunities and keep more of the $14 billion that Oregon spends on energy each year — according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration — inside the state's borders. It addresses energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction and transportation objectives.
John Audley, deputy director for Renewable Northwest Project and informal adviser to the plan's development said his organization supports the plan in part because of the activity it's generating from a policy perspective.
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