Thank you for your interest in providing feedback to the Oregon Department of Energy pursuant to its implementation of Senate Bill 589.


Our objective is to gather and synthesize the range of perspectives on the benefits, costs, opportunities, challenges, and risks of Regional Transmission Organization formation that exist among a diverse range of Oregon stakeholders to inform the State Legislature and other interested parties.

Instructions for Responding to Scoping Questions

To support your participation in this effort, we are providing background materials on this topic (e.g., What is an RTO? How do they operate?) and other related issues on our website. In addition, we have also created the following one-pager that summarizes this effort, which includes a timeline of key dates.

Your answers to the questions that follow will play a critical role in helping the state better understand stakeholder perspectives on key issues related to RTO formation. On the pages ahead, you will find three categories of questions with several topics per category.
  • Foundational Questions:
    • Legal barriers
    • Oregon-specific net benefits
    • Oregon retail customers
    • Overarching principles
  • Technical Questions:
    • Transmission rates
    • Transmission planning and operation
    • Renewables
    • Environmental impacts
    • Climate resilience
  • Governance and Design:
    • Governance
    • Market design optionality
Given the technical nature of some of these issues, however, and in recognition that some stakeholders have more data and analysis to address some of these questions than others, we expect that some stakeholders will not answer every question. Please provide as much feedback and input as you can. We anticipate that, in many cases, responses to these questions will be quite long and detailed, which may make it challenging to submit some answers via the online web-based submission form. Please do your best, but please reach out if you have any challenges submitting your answers via the online portal.

In order to participate in the meetings of the Oregon RTO Advisory Committee (scheduled for September 20 and October 6), we ask that you please submit your written feedback to these questions by September 13.

If you have any questions or encounter any challenges, please contact Adam Schultz (

If you need to close the form and return at a later time, any pages submitted by clicking on the 'Next' button on the bottom of the form will be saved.

  1. 1Instructions
  2. 2Contact Info
  3. 3Survey
  4. 4Legal Barriers
  5. 5Oregon-Specific Net Benefits
  6. 6Oregon Retail Customers
  7. 7Principles
  8. 8Transmission Rates
  9. 9Transmission Planning & Operation
  10. 10Renewables
  11. 11Environmental Impacts
  12. 12Climate Resilience
  13. 13Governance
  14. 14Market Design Optionality
  15. 15Review & Submit