How Important Are State Energy Plans?

Jun 6, 2012

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Tuesday released plans to increase renewable energy in the state. Both Washington and Idaho already have energy plans in place. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

Oregon’s energy plan will focus on three main goals: increasing energy efficiency and conservation, removing red tape for renewable energy facilities and using less fuel to transport people and goods.

Renewable energy experts say it’s important for states to adopt energy plans. Ann Gravatt works with Climate Solutions, a climate change advocacy group.

Gravatt: “What I like about Gov. Kitzhaber’s plan is it has the word ‘action’ in it. It’s a 10-Year Energy Action Plan. Because I think the implementation of the plan is obviously key.”

Idaho’s energy plan focuses mainly on creating jobs and keeping energy costs low. Washington’s strategy calls for buildings that require less heating and cooling and a more diverse energy portfolio.

Oregonians will have 60 days to comment on the plan.

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