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The Oregon Department of Energy office in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Oregon Department of Energy office in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Department of Energy, created in 1975, ensures that Oregon has an adequate supply of reliable and affordable energy, is safe from nuclear contamination, develops clean energy resources, promotes renewable energy and cleans up nuclear waste. To encourage investments in energy efficiency and conservation, the department offers loans, tax credits, information and technical expertise to households, businesses, schools and governments. The department works to ensure that Oregon’s mix of energy resources minimizes harm to the environment and reliably meets the state’s needs. To meet this commitment, the department formulates energy policies, advances the development of renewable energy resources, and evaluates whether proposed energy facilities are safe and environmentally acceptable.

The department also oversees the cleanup and safe transport of radioactive waste and develops and implements emergency plans in the event of an accident involving radioactive materials. A major focus is the cleanup of radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear site on the Columbia River in eastern Washington. The department staffs two energy policy and regulatory boards. The Energy Facility Siting Council is a board of citizens appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The council determines whether large energy facilities may be built in Oregon. The Hanford Cleanup Board represents Oregon’s interests related to the Hanford site.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 625 Marion St. NE, Salem 97301-3737
Telephone: 503-378-4040; 1-800-221-8035 (Toll-free in Oregon)
Fax: 503-373-7806
General E-mail:
Contact: Michael Kaplan, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: Elizabeth Ross
Records Officer E-mail: Kathy Stuttaford
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 469, 470
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog