John Day, Oregon: Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon

Posted by Lee Rahr on October 22, 2015

The third in our series of six energy workshops. November 19, 2015 in John Day, Oregon.


This workshop is part of a series of six energy workshops taking place across Oregon that will help rural communities identify energy savings and energy generation opportunities, and invest in local energy programs and projects.

All of the workshops are co-hosted by Sustainable Northwest, Lake County Resources Initiative, and Wallowa Resources. The John Day workshop is being developed in collaboration with Grant County, City of John Day and GREAT Corp. who are pursuing investments in clean energy to help create a healthier environment for their community, grow the tax base, and save and keep money in their community. 

Download the workshop agenda at the bottom of the page, in the Downloads section. 

Registration is free with thanks to the Ford Family Foundation.


Who attends the workshops?

John Day residents, business leaders, community leaders, economic development professionals, conservation districts, county commissioners, forest collaborative members, facility managers, decision makers, public utility districts, forest products industry representative, tribes, and anyone interested in helping John Day pursue a clean energy future.

At this workshop, participants will learn about the many successes the community has had converting traditional heat to biomass, and what type of energy planning needs to be done to continue to push John Day forward. During the lunch hour, attendees will have small group discussions with experts in residential energy, biomass, policy, and agricultural energy planning. After lunch, a panel discussion will cover what types of energy rebate programs exist for John Day producers, and what types of innovative agricultural energy and water savings opportunities could be replicated in the John Day Basin.

Location: Grant Country Regional Airport, 72000 Airport Road

Format: 9 am – 3 pm 

Coffee, Welcome with Mayor Lundbom

• Energy Independence - Inspirations from Lake County

• Ecological & Economic Rationale for Biomass

Scales of Biomass Utilization

Lunch, table topics with speaker hosted discussions

Agricultural Energy & Water Savings

Next Steps


Lodging information:

There are multiple lodging options in the John Day area including the John Day Best Western, America’s Best and The Dreamers Lodge.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Lee Rahr at Sustainable Northwest: (503) 221-6911 x105;

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