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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 Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) was created in 1975 because the Legislature said it was essential that future generations not be left a legacy of vanished or depleted energy resources. ODOE’s role is to provide leadership on energy conservation, renewable energy, and protection of the Columbia River from leaking radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site. The department also engages in energy planning and siting of energy facilities, provides an objective source of energy information, and investigates emerging energy technologies.

The department offers a variety of programs, educational materials, financial incentives and technical assistance that help businesses, homeowners, renters, schools, local and tribal governments, and nonprofits meet their energy goals and reduce their energy costs. Visit ODOE online at, Facebook and Twitter for more information and to sign up for regular email updates.

ODOE employs about 115 people and is headquartered in Salem. Through the state’s Regional Solutions Teams, ODOE has one employee co-located at the Central Regional Solutions Center in Bend and another with the Metro Regional Solutions Center in Portland. ODOE staffs the Energy Facility Siting Council, which is appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate. The department also gets advice from the Small-scale Energy Loan Program Advisory Group and the Hanford Cleanup Board.


Agency Subdivisions

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


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 550 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-378-4040; 1-800-221-8035 (Toll-free in Oregon)
Fax: 503-373-7806
General Email:
Contact: Michael Kaplan, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Elizabeth Ross
Records Officer Email: 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