New Interactive Tool & Report Connects Oregon Renewable Energy Potential with Development Considerations
A public partnership with the Oregon Department of Energy, Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development, Oregon State University’s Institute for Natural Resources, and the U.S. Department of Defense has published new educational materials that will help local governments, Tribes, communities, policymakers, agencies, energy developers, and other stakeholders access important information and considerations for potential renewable energy in Oregon.
Housed on Oregon Explorer, the new interactive online reporting and mapping tool
combines data on renewable energy, military training areas, economic development, land use, natural resources, community characteristics, and other important considerations.
Users can explore hundreds of data layers, generate a site-specific report, and learn about the renewable energy considerations for potential projects both onshore and offshore. While the ORESA project will not supplant the permitting information required in regulatory processes or decisions, the project resources will provide information to ongoing siting and permitting processes and future policy conversations for renewable energy. Access to quality data early in the process is critically important for ensuring that renewable energy is developed responsibly, balances state and local concerns, is administratively efficient, considers cumulative impacts, and includes appropriate engagement with affected communities.
In addition to the interactive mapping and reporting tool, the project report
summarizes key findings, data, stakeholder perspectives, and analysis on renewable energy across the state. Read more on ODOE’s blog