Water, water, everywhere—that’s the tale of Oregon’s energy supply. In 2022, the state generated 51% of its power needs from hydroelectricity. An extensive series of rivers and dams, including those on the Federal Columbia River Power System, help to keep the state running. Natural gas still plays a significant role in consumption, but Oregon is actively exploring the pros & cons of offshore wind energy. It’s also part of the West Coast Electric Highway, which stretches from British Columbia to California. In 2023, Oregon alone had 2,300+ charging ports in service.
That means you’re going to see a lot of degrees & certificates in renewable energy in our OR listings! You could opt for engineering studies at OSU or OIT. Or choose to focus on energy law at Lewis & Clark. Oregon community colleges will also offer technician training. Before you choose, take a minute to ask your school about its energy research interests. For instance, OSU is a partner of the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC). OIT runs its own Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC). And U of O has ties to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).