Department of Energy

Present Duties

O D E building
The Oregon Department of Energy office in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The department’s mission is “Leading Oregon to a safe, clean, and sustainable energy future.” The department works with stakeholders across Oregon 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.​​
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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: askenergy@oregon.gov
Contact: Janine Benner, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Energy Department​
Records Officer Email: Michael Williams​
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 469, 470

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records & Publications​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Alternative Fuels Technical Studies
Dates: 1978-1986
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
Title: Biennial Energy Plans
Dates: 1976-1993
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Biomass Project Records
Dates: 1979-1993
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Boardman Site Licensing Records
Dates: 1972-1989
Cubic Ft.: 8.5
Title: Crown-Zellerbach Site Certification Review Records
Dates: 1981-1983
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: District Heating Project Records
Dates: 1981-1982
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Feasibility Project Case Files
Dates: 1983
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Geothermal Development Project Records
Dates: 1978-1981
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Geothermal Project Records
Dates: 1979-1981
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Grant Records
Dates: 1975-1984
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Hines Site Certification Records
Dates: 1980-1987
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Household Employment Data Records
Dates: 1983-1984
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Lakeview Uranium Tailings Clean-up Project Records
Dates: 1972-1987
Cubic Ft.: 6.75
Title: Manufactured Housing "Super Good Cents" Certification Records
Dates: 1990-1992
Cubic Ft.: 13
Title: Mcdermitt Uranium Mill Site Certification
Dates: 1978-1980
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Northwest Natural Gas Mist Pipeline Facility Siting Records
Dates: 1980-1989
Cubic Ft.: 3
Title: Oregon State Energy Conservation Plan
Dates: 1978
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Oregon State University and Reed College Reactor Records
Dates: 1971-1989
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Public Utility District Records
Dates: 1931-1978
Cubic Ft.: 11.75
Title: Publications
Dates: 1978-1983
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Publisher Paper-Hydro Project Records
Dates: 1983-1984
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Renewable Energy Resources Technical Research Records
Dates: 1979-1982
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Residential Construction Demonstration Project Final Report
Dates: 1986-1989
Cubic Ft.: 3.5
Title: Residential Standard Demonstration Program Final Reports
Dates: 1988
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Solar Access Project Records
Dates: 1979-1980
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Solar, Heat Pump, and Water Heater Electrical Usage Survey Records
Dates: 1984-1987
Cubic Ft.: 6.6
Title: Special Programs History Binders
Dates: 1981-1988
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Trojan Inspection, Monitoring, and Licensing Records
Dates: 1970-1988
Cubic Ft.: 5
Title: Trojan Nuclear Power Plant Administration Records
Dates: 1970-1988
Cubic Ft.: 25.75
Title: Trojan Reactor Safety Files
Dates: 1970-1983
Cubic Ft.: 2.5
Title: Wind Energy Resources Technical Research Records
Dates: 1978-1980
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Wind Energy Specialties Site Certification Records
Dates: 1979-1984
Cubic Ft.: .5