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Helping Your Community Thrive

Who We Are

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping customers reduce costs and achieve additional benefits by saving energy and installing small renewable energy systems. Funded directly by utility customers, we serve about 75% of Oregon electric customers and nearly all the state’s natural gas customers. For every $1 we invest in energy efficiency, utility customers will save nearly $3.50. 

Energy needs come in all shapes and sizes. We provide energy efficiency and renewable energy information, technical services and cash incentives for renters, homeowners, multifamily property owners, schools, public entities and commercial and industrial businesses. 

Since 2002, we’ve helped customers save $2.6 billion on their utility bills, and save and generate more than 1,000 average megawatts of electricity and save 93 million annual therms of natural gas. This equals more than enough energy to power all the homes in the Portland Metro area and heat all the homes in Lane County. Energy Trust activities have kept 39.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere—the equivalent of removing 9.2 million cars from Oregon roads for one year. 

We deliver our programs under a grant agreement with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, and regularly report to the commission on our investments. State legislation, HB 3141 (2021), reaffirmed the value of a third-party organization investing in cost-effective energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy systems. The state law also modernized the funding to ensure more benefits flow to environmental justice communities and customers with low and moderate incomes.  

To learn more or to schedule a briefing, email our Sr. Stakeholder Relations and Policy Manager Chris Lyons

The Stories Behind Our Work

Energy projects bring relief to elders of Klamath Tribes

Klamath Falls

Community solar brings clean energy to Portlanders


Farmer Felipe Jimenez sees benefits from irrigation upgrades


Energy-efficient insulation prepares Cottage Grove Community Center for winter

Cottage Grove

Affordable housing community saves and serves with solar

White City

Lincoln City prepares with more efficient, earthquake-resistant fire station

Lincoln City

Energy-efficient housing projects continued during COVID-19


Critical water infrastructure upgrade begins in Deschutes River Basin

Deschutes River Basin

Beaverton to use untapped potential on Sexton Mountain to generate electricity