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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 State Department of Energy’s mission is “Leading Oregon to a safe, clean, and sustainable energy future.” The department works with many stakeholders to help implement the state’s energy goals and policies. The work is diverse—from helping Oregonians improve the energy efficiency of their homes, businesses and schools, to overseeing the state’s interests in the cleanup project at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington. The department provides policy expertise to prepare for Oregon’s future energy needs and offers technical and financial resources to encourage adoption of and investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources.


The department also staffs the Energy Facility Siting Council, which has jurisdiction over large energy generating and transmission facilities within the state. This effort brings together project developers, local and regional governments, citizens and others to make sure proposed projects are approved, built, operated and decommissioned consistent with all applicable laws and regulations. The department was created in 1975 and has about 90 employees.


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: Blake Johnson
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