Deschutes Energy Future

Deschutes Energy Future is an exciting, community-driven effort to convene and discuss the future of energy use and production in Deschutes County. The Environmental Center is facilitating the launch of this initiative, working together with local partners throughout the process.

Our goal: to encourage a more resilient and sustainable energy future by creating and implementing a community energy action plan. Download the one page overview here to learn more!

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Help us reach our fundraising goal!

We are raising $20,000 to fund this critically important work. Donate now and every dollar up to $10k will be matched by TallTreeTrust!

We believe that planning for our energy future with community priorities in mind will result in a more sustainable energy system powered by more renewable energy sources. Donate today to help make it happen!

Your support will ensure community participants and other local experts on this team are equitably compensated for their time, travel expenses, and work on this plan! Learn more here.


Get involved!

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Are you interested in making your community more sustainable, your energy bills more affordable, and your home more efficient? We need your help! Deschutes Energy Future relies on its participants to shape change and advocate for their communities. Enrollment is OPEN for the Leadership Team, which will initiate and lead a grassroots, community-driven energy planning process for the Deschutes County area. Can’t commit to being part of the Leadership Team, but still want to stay informed? Fill out our general interest form!


Best Practices for Community Energy Planning in Rural Oregon

This report outlines some best practices for energy planning in rural Oregon based on the perspectives of people involved in past and current energy planning efforts. It provides local, up-to-date resources, steps, and advice for communities that are interested in creating their own energy plan.

Energy Inventory Toolkit

The toolkit is meant to help guide communities through the process of creating a comprehensive energy inventory. It includes options for utility data, greenhouse gas data, transportation data, and more. It was developed by a team based in Bend and uses Deschutes County as a model, but is user friendly and adaptable for any community. The toolkit is in its beta phase and feedback is welcome.

Upcoming events

Want to dive deeper into energy-related topics locally? Join us for one of our upcoming Power Hour events, hosted every other month!

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