Power Generation & Infrastructure Forum Program
Oregon Department of Energy
As director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Lisa Schwartz leads the agency’s efforts to achieve the goals of the Governor’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan – first and foremost, maximizing energy efficiency. The department also helps the state prepare for electric, thermal and transportation energy supplies to meet future needs, staffs the Energy Facility Siting Council, provides technical and financial assistance for energy-saving projects and clean energy infrastructure, promotes the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site, and ensures state preparedness to respond to emergencies at energy facilities and in the transport of radioactive materials.
Lisa began state service in 1987 as assistant administrator of the Oregon State University Extension Energy Program. She joined the Department of Energy in 1995, helping to establish the state’s stable funding and third-party administrator for energy efficiency and renewable resource programs. She also led an annual conservation campaign with electric and natural gas utilities and chaired a committee that developed renewable energy and market-based options for electricity consumers.
At the Public Utility Commission from 2002 through early 2009, Lisa helped develop the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, directed analysis of utility resource plans and competitive bidding processes, and led staff work on renewable resources, distributed generation and peak demand management. She then served as a senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project, a global nonprofit group that provides assistance to government officials on energy and environmental issues.
Lisa holds an M.S. in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from George Washington University.