Custom Renewable Energy Projects (Oregon)

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Summary

Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Oregon

Name Custom Renewable Energy Projects
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Manufacturing, Water/Wastewater Treatment
Eligible Technologies Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies






Equipment Requirements Commercial technology projects that can be replicated elsewhere.
Start Date May 2002


Funding Source Public-purpose charge collected from Portland General Electric and Pacific Power customers

Installation Requirements Must be in or able to deliver power to the service territory of either Portland General Electric or Pacific Power; off grid projects are not eligible. Projects must be less than 20 MW in capacity.


Maximum Incentive None










Program Administrator Energy Trust of Oregon
Website http://www.energytrust.org/
Date added to DSIRE 2002-11-22
Last DSIRE Review 2014-10-14



References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Summary

Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives and project development assistance for renewable energy projects that are 20 megawatts (MW) or less in capacity. Eligible resources include wind, hydropower, biomass, fuel cells, and geothermal. Separate standard incentives are available for solar electric and small wind projects under 50 kilowatts (kW).


Project development assistance funding is available for a variety of purposes, including grant writing, feasibility studies, or technical assistance with design, permitting, or utility interconnection. Energy Trust will pay up to 50% of costs associated with project development activities with a maximum of $40,000, though additional development funding up to $150,000 may be available on a competitive basis. Activities must be approved in advance.

Project incentives above $150,000 are distributed on a competitive basis. All other project incentives are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. All incentives are based on a project’s above-market costs (the difference between project costs and the market value of the energy produced). There is no cap or fixed percentage of the amount of above-market costs Energy Trust will pay; however, all incentives are subject to budget limitations. In return for funding provided, Energy Trust will request a negotiated share of the project’s renewable energy credits (RECs). These RECs are held in trust for the ratepayers who contribute to Energy Trust. Project incentives are paid upon completion, inspection, and successful operation of the project.


For more information, contact Jed Jorgensen (hydropower or geothermal), Dave Moldal (biogas), or Chris Dearth (biomass or wind).


*Oregon's 1999 electric-utility restructuring legislation 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. The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) authorized Energy Trust of Oregon to administer these programs beginning in 2002.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Betsy Kauffman
Department Energy Trust of Oregon

Address 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300

Place Portland, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97204
Phone (503) 459-4072


Email betsy.kauffman@energytrust.org
Website http://www.energytrust.org
Contact Name Chris Dearth
Department Energy Trust of Oregon

Address 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300

Place Portland, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97204
Phone (503) 459-4071


Email chris.dearth@energytrust.org
Website http://www.energytrust.org
Contact Name Jed Jorgensen
Department Energy Trust of Oregon

Address 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300

Place Portland, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97204
Phone (503) 445-7611


Email jed.jorgensen@energytrust.org
Website http://www.energytrust.org
Contact Name Dave Moldal
Department Energy Trust of Oregon

Address 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 300

Place Portland, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97204
Phone (503) 445-2476


Email dave.moldal@energytrust.org
Website http://www.energytrust.org


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"