Early this June, Governor Kitzhaber released a draft of his 10-Year Energy Action Plan for Oregon. The draft plan is open for public comment until July 31, 2012. The public process includes the opportunity to submit comments on the proposed plan by email and by attending various forums to discuss the proposal. All information on opportunities for public comment is available online.
The plan synthesizes and incorporates nearly 200 recommendations from the Governor-appointed 10-Year Energy Action Plan Task Force, an advisory committee charged with making recommendations on how Oregon can reduce its dependence on carbon-intensive fuels, develop renewable energy resources, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency and create rewarding jobs, and boost Oregon’s economy through investment and innovation.
“We applaud Governor Kitzhaber for developing a 10-year energy plan. Energy Trust was born out of a similar long-term vision for Oregon’s energy future. Over the last 10 years we’ve been able to deliver significant low-cost energy resource and impressive economic and environmental benefits for Oregon,” said Margie Harris, executive director, Energy Trust. “We look forward to a final plan, and to helping Oregon accomplish its energy goals—and its associated economic and environmental goals—over the next 10 years.”