Our organizational goals are to achieve sustainable and responsible energy production and use that protects the environment and addresses climate change by:

  1. Increasing energy efficiency and conservation in homes, businesses and public buildings,
  2. Ensuring effective local, state and national energy programs are available to rural people,
  3. Fostering community development of renewable energy,
  4. Opposing dirty energy production and development,
  5. Holding public officials accountable to support sustainable energy and environmental stewardship, and
  6. Promoting progressive energy policy in Oregon and nationally.

Electric Meter photo by Mike Del Gaudio, Flickr/Creative CommonsEnergy Efficiency & Conservation

Energy efficiency and conservation can be thought of as resources like any other – only more available, less costly, safer, and more abundant. When it comes to responses to climate change and avoiding the inevitable controversies that arise from new energy development projects, there are no better tools than conservation and efficiency. See how we are utilizing these important approaches in our work.

Solar panels installed on a homeRenewable Energy

From supporting Oregon’s Renewable Energy Standard to promoting community scale renewables, and from the Homegrown Prosperity Renewable Energy Bus Tour and the first solar fairs in Eastern Oregon on to our  Solarize Union County Project and Solarize Snake River Valley Project, Oregon Rural Action members are helping implement the energy future now. Read more about our current work.

SolWest-Logo-square-colorSolWest Fair

After 15 years of success, SolWest Fair for renewable energy has shifted sponsorship from EORenew to Oregon Rural Action. Most of the rich and valuable traditions will be retained and the scope will be broadened. The 2014 SolWest Fair, held at the Union County fairgrounds in La Grande, Oregon on June 27, 28 & 29, will highlight  ”energy for sustainable communities” with three days of workshops, demonstrations, and vendors that focus on renewable energy and sustainability. Join the SolWest community and learn about energy efficiency, solar and wind energy, alternatively fueled vehicles, sustainable food and living, healthcare, homegrown prosperity, and more.  Read more….

Image Credit: "US6 oil rig 3926a" by DB's Travels, Flickr/Creative Commons.Dirty Energy

The nature of the electric grid and our energy distribution system disguise the effects of dirty energy on our communities and the broader environment. While coal, gas and oil have comprised a substantial portion of our nation’s energy sources, we see the severe threat of climate change and the impacts of dirty energy production and use as a sign that we need to transition away from dirty energy and cease its further development. See how Oregon Rural Action is helping steer us from dirty energy.

The ORA Energy Team participates in a conference call with Synapse Energy EconomicsORA Energy Team

From helping to establish a Union County Renewable Energy Committee to pushing for the Cool Schools bill to starting an Eastern Oregon Solar Fair, our members have been busy through the Energy Team. The team is focused on organizing citizens around a vision of small-scale renewable energy projects, conservation and efficiency in our schools, and sound energy policy. See what the team is working on.