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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Energy Trust of Oregon   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/07/2015
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Public Benefits Fund
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Heat recovery, Windows, Processing and Manufacturing Equipment, Weatherization, Water-Saving Devices, Fireplaces
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Biogas, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Utility, State Government, Multi-Family Residential, Agricultural, Institutional
Types:Renewables, energy efficiency, moderate-income assistance
Total Fund:Annual funding from public purpose surcharge, based on 2015 budget: $15.6 million for renewables, $148.1 million for energy efficiency.
Charge:Varies annually, determined by efficiency resource potential identified in utility Integrated Resource Plans.
Customer Charges for 2015 are: 4.9% for Portland General Electric, 4.2% for Pacific Power, 2.2% for NW Natural Gas customers; and 2.2% for Cascade Natural Gas customers.
Charges on electric bills allowable through SB 1149 (Energy Trust receives 73.8% of this fund for efficiency and renewables) and SB 838.
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Expiration Date:
ORS 757.612 et seq.
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Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
SB 1149

Oregon's 1999 electric-utility restructuring legislation (SB 1149) required Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) to collect a 3% public-purpose charge from their customers to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through January 1, 2012. The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) authorized the Energy Trust of Oregon, an independent non-profit organization, to administer these programs beginning in 2002.

Of the funds collected by the electric utilities, 56.7% must be allocated towards energy efficiency programs and 17.1% to renewables. The remaining funds support low-income housing energy assistance and K-12 school energy-conservation efforts.

Oregon’s renewable portfolio standard legislation (SB 838), enacted in June 2007, established a goal that by 2025 at least 8% of Oregon's retail electrical load comes from small-scale renewable energy projects with a capacity of 20 megawatts (MW) or less. To support this goal, the legislation modified the public purpose charge for renewables to require that funding be used to support only smaller projects of 20 MW or less. The sunset date on the original 10-year public purpose charge was extended through 2025. Lastly, the legislation allowed for the electric utilities to fund additional, cost-effective electric efficiency above what could be obtained through the 3% charge. 

In addition to its work under the 1999 energy restructuring law, the Energy Trust administers gas conservation programs for residential and commercial customers of NW Natural (starting in 2003 for Oregon customers and 2009 for Washington State customers) and Cascade Natural Gas Corporation (starting July 2006). 

The Energy Trust's renewable energy programs include financial incentives for small- and mid-scale projects that generate energy from solar, wind, hydro, biopower and geothermal resources. Efficiency programs include incentives for improvements to residential (new, existing, and manufactured homes), commercial, multifamily, and new buildings; retrofits; appliances; and manufacturing and agricultural processes. The Energy Trust accepts applications for funding in response to specific programs, as well as through an open solicitation process. At least 80% of the energy conservation expenditures are required to be concentrated in the service territory of the utility where the funds were collected.

Visit the program web site above for the latest Energy Trust Annual Report.

Energy Trust of Oregon
421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 445-0573
Fax: (503) 546-6862
Web Site:
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