We use energy to power our homes, water our crops, run our hospitals, drive our police cars and power our schools. Energy use is our community’s biggest cost and biggest impact on the environment. If we lose power, we lose the ability to communicate, keep our food refrigerated, and drive our cars. The more efficiently we use energy and produce our own energy locally, the more we will be able to adapt to rising energy costs and natural disasters, while also helping the environment.
For the last 12 months, Hood River County community leaders, agency partners and Utilities have been embarking on a collaborative effort to develop a county-wide energy plan. The plan, if endorsed and implemented, could help the county save on energy costs, become more resilient to rising prices and natural disasters, and create significant environmental and public health benefits. Before the plan is considered for adoption by local governing boards we want YOUR feedback. Learn more and contribute your ideas at one of three community town halls planned for this fall:
7:00-7:15 Welcome by City Councilwoman, Becky Brun and Energy Plan RARE Coordinator, Marla Harvey
7:15-7:35 Energy Plan Panel
Hood River County, the City of Hood River, the City of Cascade Locks, the Port of Hood River, the Port of Cascade Locks, and the Energy Trust of Oregon, Ford Family Foundation
Why an Energy Plan?
Energy use is our community’s biggest cost and biggest impact on the environment. Falling prices of technologies and the advent of distributed energy are inspiring rapid changes in how we acquire and consume energy in every aspect of our lives. Hood River, along with hundreds of communities across the U.S., recognize that strategic energy planning is critical to ensure optimum benefits and mitigate future challenges. Having an energy plan will give our community the strategies and tactics it needs to be prepared for, and benefit from these opportunities.
*More information included some plan components, an FAQ, and survey will be posted on the Hood River County Community Development Website by September 27th* If you’d like to get in contact with the Energy Plan Steering Committee, please email Marla Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org