Sustainable Business Oregon
Jan. 13, 2012
Lee van der Voo
Governor John Kitzhaber has corralled a group of top thinkers in energy and conservation to draft a 10-year plan for Oregon’s energy future.
The move likely promises new gains in energy efficiency, a road map to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and streamlined siting requirements for new renewable energy projects.
It also looks to promote strong central management of climate and energy goals at the state, a unique approach in Oregon government that will likely consolidate its current approach to energy management.
For now, the plan is a series of recommendations from small groups, dubbed design teams, to the governor. Sent to Kitzhaber and his staff Dec. 16, they outline pie-in-the-sky goals for siting new energy facilities, lowering transportation emissions, boosting energy efficiency, mixing energy resources and streamlining governance.