Oregon was one of the earliest adopters of solar power in the country. And despite the state’s reputation for gloomy weather, it ranks among the top half of states for solar energy generation, and it’s only expected to grow over the coming years. If you live in Oregon, you could save money on energy by investing in solar energy, and can help the environment by reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Are you wondering if solar power is right for your home? Keep reading to learn the costs and benefits of solar power in Oregon and whether it’s right for you.
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Oregon has many renewable energy resources. High annual rainfall in the western part of the state coupled with runoff from the snowpack in mountains across the state make it possible to generate substantial amounts of hydroelectric power. Large dams along the Columbia River generate most of the hydroelectric power not only in Oregon, but throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River forms much of Oregon’s northern border and cuts through both the Cascade Mountain Range and the Coast Ranges, forming the Columbia Gorge, an area of high wind energy potential.
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.
Between 2017 and 2019, Oregon experienced two wildfires and one drought. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.
The plan outlines a set of actions that the public health workforce specifically can take to adapt to climate change. The report is accompanied by a number of videos that demonstrate the current resilience strategies and programs already being implemented for public health across the state.