Conservation and greater efficiency will lead the measures to fulfill Oregon’s energy needs in the next decade, according to a final plan released today by Gov. John Kitzhaber.
The plan also calls for greater efforts in developing clean energy sources and making a transition to them.
Kitzhaber said in addition to environmental benefits, the plan will also save some of the $14 billion annually that Oregonians spend on energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Much of that money goes to out-of-state suppliers.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to build a more competitive and resilient economy while improving the health of the environment,” Kitzhaber said. “Oregon is consistently ranked as one of the most energy-efficient states in the country. This plan builds on that leadership and boosts home-grown renewable energy, clean-energy infrastructure, and Oregon companies.”