Energy State Profile
How Does Oregon Use Energy?
The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) is responsible for collecting and analyzing data about energy in Oregon. 

ODOE regularly collects data about Oregon's energy supply, use, and resiliency. Analyzing the information is critical to understanding the state's current energy landscape and for guiding  decision-making and statewide energy planning. 

Currently, most of Oregon's energy is used for transportation, heating and cooling, and electricity.

Transportation accounts for about a third of Oregon's energy use. Petroleum products like gasoline and diesel are the most common fuels for transportation. 

When it comes to the amount of money Oregonians pay for energy, the cost of transportation fuels makes up about half.

Thermal Energy
Thermal energy is what we use for heating and cooling our homes and businesses, heating water, and the energy used for industrial processes like food processing or drying lumber. 

Electricity, natural gas, and petroleum make up more than 90% of Oregon's thermal energy use.

Electricity powers everything from homes to cars in Oregon. 

Hydroelectric power makes up the largest portion of Oregon's electricity resource mix, followed by coal and natural gas. With our Renewable Portfolio Standard, half of Oregon's electricity will come from renewable resources by 2040.
RESOURCES  Oregon's Electricity Mix  Renewable Portfolio Standard

US Chamber of Commerce
Oregon Energy Profile:

With no fossil fuel resources outside of limited natural gas reserves, Oregon is a top renewable energy producer with a particularly large hydropower sector that generates the majority of the state’s electricity.

Oregon also generates a large amount of electricity from natural gas-fired plants. Notably, Oregon generates more electricity than it consumes, allowing it to deliver excess power to neighboring states, particularly California.

Oregon also has high geothermal potential. The transportation sector is the largest energy-consuming sector. The energy-intensive lumber business is a key industry in the state, but per capita energy consumption in Oregon is average.

A strong domestic energy sector not only secures our country’s energy future, it boosts our economy and creates high-paying jobs. Smart, sensible policies that encourage new growth and innovation in energy will benefit us all and usher in a new and longlasting era of energy abundance.

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The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
101 E. 8th St.  |  Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 779-4847
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