Public Purpose Funds for Schools
| The Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 1149 which introduces competition into the retail electricity market of Oregon´s two largest utilities, Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp. The bill went into effect on March 1, 2002. It provides that PGE and PacifiCorp must collect a public-purpose charge from consumers within their service areas that is equal to 3 percent of the total revenues from electricity services. Ten percent of these public purpose funds must go towards energy efficiency efforts in the public schools within their service areas. The administration of the school public purpose funds is being facilitated by the Oregon Department of Energy in cooperation with the Education Service Districts and individual school districts.
The "Program Guidelines for the Implementation of SB 1149 Schools Public Purpose Funds" are now available. Superintendents, principals, facility directors and staff on two committees developed the guidelines to implement cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in schools utilizing funding from SB 1149.
To view a one-page summary diagram of the process, link to Program Implementation of SB 1149 pdf flowchart. To view a complete draft, link to Program Guidelines also available in PDF format. (Adobe Reader, required for PDF format, is available to download through this link.)
Because school officials have numerous questions regarding the implementation of SB 1149, the Department of Energy staff has developed a lengthy question and answer information sheet. Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions about SB 1149 and schools.
For information regarding the Implementation of SB 1149 Schools Public Purpose Funds contact:
Oregon Department of Energy
The Schools Interactive Database (SID) is available for entry of Energy Use Index (EUI) data. The database is secure and requires a password. To obtain your school district´s user name and password, E-mail the Oregon Department of Energy at email@example.com.
625 Marion St. N.E.
Salem, OR 97301-3737
(503) 378-4040; (800) 221-8035
The Request for Proposal (RFP) for energy auditors is now available. The Senate Bill 1149 School Audit Format (Word) for school audits is also available.
Audit Information Form
Complete this and send to ODOE for your next audit.
Senate Bill 479
requires schools to replace metal halide and mercury vapor lighting.
Lighting Retrofits and PCBs
List of schools eligible for SB 1149
Qualified auditing firms
Qualified commissioning firms
Financing Options for schools
Action Plan for schools
How many hours does your school operate?
Energy Use Index (How to collect your data)
Frequently Asked Questions about SB 1149 and schools
Information for Qualified Energy Auditors
Program Implementation of SB 1149 (1-page summary in pdf)
Energy Use Index Calculation (Excel)
SB 1149 School Audit Format (in Word)