Date:  Thursday, Sept. 19

Time:  3:10 PM – 4:45 PM

Room:  Galleria III

Title: Oregon’s 10-Year Plan to Reduce the Energy Burden in Affordable Housing

Tracks: Equity and Racial Justice, Advocacy and Policy

Moderator: Shelley Beaulieu, Senior Program Manager, TRC

Panelists:

  • Dan Elliott, Senior Policy Analyst, Housing Stabilization Division, Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • Alex Buylova, Operations and Policy Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • Ruchi Sadhir, Associate Director, Strategic Engagement & Development, Oregon Department of Energy
  • Peter Schaffer, Project Manager, Planning Department, Energy Trust of Oregon

Brief Session Description:

In 2017, Governor Kate Brown took bold action by directing state agencies to chart a 10-year course towards greater energy efficiency in affordable housing to remove the energy burden on low-income communities. This initiative took flight through an interagency effort, resulting in the Ten-Year Plan: Reducing the Energy Burden in Oregon Affordable Housing. This panel includes experts from the various state agencies seeking to share the findings of their research and discuss the next steps to move this plan forward.

Detailed Session Description:

In November 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown took bold action by directing state agencies to chart a 10-year course towards greater energy efficiency in affordable housing to remove the energy burden on low-income communities. This initiative took flight under the direction of the Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Oregon Public Utility Commission and the Oregon Department of Energy, with assistance from the Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Power Administration, resulting in the Ten-Year Plan: Reducing the Energy Burden in Oregon Affordable Housing. This panel includes experts from the various state agencies and organizations seeking to share the findings of their research and discuss the next steps to move this plan forward.

The learning objectives of this session are:

  • Learn about the current state of affordable housing and energy efficiency programs in Oregon
  • Learn how much of an impact energy efficiency programs can have to reduce energy burden
  • Learn what steps this interagency working group have planned for the coming years

The participant outcomes of this session are:

  • Better target high-priority low-income populations in Oregon in their efforts to reduce overall housing burden
  • Access the Affordable Housing Assessment online database to understand gaps and opportunities
  • Engage in and stay aware of statewide efforts moving forward

The impacts of this session are:

  • Increase awareness of statewide energy burden in affordable housing
  • Increase awareness of steps being taken and spur consideration of complementary actions to address energy burden
  • Increase awareness in how to get involved