Two weeks ago, I participated in a conference sponsored by the CUB Policy Center and the University of Oregon School of Law to address the future of energy efficiency in Oregon.  Governor Kitzhaber’s draft 10-year energy plan calls for Oregon to meet 100% of its load growth through energy efficiency measures.  Yes, that is right – 100% of growth over the next ten years. The Governor’s plan is smart – not only is it the best way for Oregon to address climate change, but it will also create local jobs.

More states and countries need to prioritize energy efficiency measures because they are often the least expensive way to add more resources to the grid, they address the urgent climate crisis, and they create local jobs – you can’t outsource retrofitting a commercial building.

CUB managed to pull together a phenomenal group of people – including the people who first helped Oregon become a leader in efficiency and the new generation of energy experts who will help Oregon take the next big leap forward.  Putting together a robust package of policies and programs that will enable Oregon to continue being a leader in energy efficiency is a big challenge – the conference was a good look back at what has been accomplished and a good start to the discussion about how to move forward.

ELAW is working with partners around the world to ensure that energy planning includes energy efficiency as a priority resource.

Jen Gleason
ELAW Staff Attorney