The Energy Inventory Report evaluates Salem’s energy reduction programs and provides valuable information about resource consumption, capacity, and cost.
Energy has become an increasingly important factor in community sustainability. In June 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (US DOE) awarded the City of Salem a $1.5 million in an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to reduce fossil fuel emissions, total energy consumption, and create jobs. These EECBG programs required Salem to develop an inclusive
Energy Strategy to meet these objectives which was accepted by City Council on September 13, 2010.
The Energy Inventory Report seeks to frame the proposed reductions and improvements by providing context and current trends based on indicators from 2004-2009. This information can be used to monitor the success of existing reductions and incentive programs. The inventory also prepares Salem for the possibility of future state and federal energy regulations.
Download the 2004-2009 Energy Inventory Report
Goals of the Energy Inventory Report
Develop an Inventory of community-wide energy data that can be used for:
- Baseline of current trends
- Informing the public about energy and resource use
- Comparison with other cities
- Specific data on waste and water is compared with Corvallis
- Inform aspects of the Economic Strategic Plan
- Track progress of energy strategy programs
- Prepares Salem for potential future reductions benchmarks, as directed by state or local officials and legislation
One component of Salem’s Energy Strategy and Economic Strategic Plan is business recruitment, with a
particular focus on renewable energy product manufacturing to be located in industrial zoned geographical areas of the city. Companies looking to move to Salem prioritize capacity and affordability of electricity, natural gas, water, and waste water in Salem. Salem is well positioned to use this inventory to expand existing businesses and attract new businesses by promoting its resource capacity, availability of affordable land supply, and competitive utility rates.