Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency
Last DSIRE Review: 11/14/2012
The Oregon Department of Energy provides a tax credit for agricultural producers or collectors of biomass. The credit can be used for eligible biomass used to produce biofuel; biomass used in facilities such as those producing electricity from anaerobic digestion, pellets, or torrefaction also qualifies. Biomass used as biofuel or used to produce biofuel - in a solid, liquid or gaseous state - qualifies for this tax credit. The production or collection of biomass must take place in Oregon and must also be used in Oregon. Certain types of biomass are ineligible for this credit, including biomass to be used for firewood or charcoal, construction and demolition debris, urban wood waste, yard debris, residual wood waste generated at a mill (such as sawdust or bark), algae, and material from pre-construction or construction activities and golf courses. The tax credit rates are multiplied by the amount of biomass produced or collected and vary by biomass type, as follows:
- Oil seed crops: $0.05/pound
- Grain crops: $0.90/bushel
- Virgin oil or alcohol: $0.10/gallon
- Used cooking oil or waste grease: $0.10/gallon
- Wastewater biosolids: $10/wet ton
- Woody biomass: $10/green ton
- Vegetative biomass from agricultural crops: $10/green ton
- Yard debris and municipally generated food waste: $5/wet ton
- Animal manure or rendering offal: $5/wet ton
The credit can be transferred to another taxpayer, though the minimum discount value for the transfer of the credit is 90% of the value of the tax credit. This tax credit is available for tax years beginning before January 1, 2018.
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