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  • Pendleton-area farmer now saves 20 percent on electricity costs
    Just a few years ago, David Umbarger struggled to adequately irrigate two pieces of property that were not connected to his Pendleton-area ranch. Today, thanks in part to an incentive from the Oregon Department of Energy, Umbarger can easily control the water that goes into three irrigation pivots and save money at the same time. To find out how he did it, go here.
  • Do you have Oregon tax liability? Here's an opportunity to lower it!

    Oregon's departments of Energy and Revenue have scheduled two opportunities for purchasing tax credits through auctions this fall. The auctions will be held:

    • September 8-17: Renewable Energy Development – This sale will provide funds for grants to Oregon businesses, non-profits and government entities interested in pursuing renewable energy projects.
    • October 13-22: Alternative Fuel Vehicle – This sale will provide funds for a revolving loan fund for public agencies and tribal governments interested in converting their fleets to alternative fuel vehicles or purchasing these types of vehicles.

    Oregon taxpayers can purchase Tax Credit Certificates in increments of $500 with a minimum bid of $475. Higher bids will be given preference at the close of the bidding period. For the RED grants, there will be a total of $1.5 million available in credits (or 3,000 increments of $500). For the Alternative Fuel Vehicle, a little more than $2 million (or 4,065 increments of $500) is available for purchase.

    More Information is available on the Oregon Department of Revenue's Web site.

  • Energy incentive enables farm to nearly double capacity
    Nearly a century ago, a young couple started a modest cherry orchard in the rolling hills above The Dalles. Because the orchard had just two varieties, the harvest season was only three weeks long. From picking to packing, everything was done by hand and for the most part, the fruits of their labor did not travel very far. But Walter and Mable Bailey scratched out a living, harvesting 18 tons of cherries in their first season. They made it through the Great Depression and were able to pass the business on to their children. (To continue reading, please go here.)
  • ODOE leading state review of LNG facilities
    Two proposed Liquefied Natural Gas export terminals in Oregon have generated a lot of interest. While the Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exclusive authority to approve or deny the siting, construction, expansion or operation of these LNG terminals, a number of Oregon agencies, including ours, have been actively involved in the federal siting process. The Governor designated the Oregon Department of Energy as the lead state agency for ensuring that Oregon’s interests are addressed in the FERC siting process for LNG facilities and associated pipeline projects. Additionally, ODOE has been delegated the responsibilities for emergency preparedness for LNG facilities. Two LNG companies formally filed applications with FERC this year to build and operate export facilities in Oregon: the Jordan Cove Energy Project near Coos Bay and Oregon LNG in Warrenton. To provide answers about the status of the projects and other information on the federal and state siting process, as well as the safety and security requirements each applicant must address, please go here.
  • Hampton mill in Warrenton uses BETC to reduce costs, emissions
    With the support of the Business Energy Tax Credit, Hampton Lumber installed a variety of energy efficiency measures at its Warrenton mill, resulting in reduced energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Hampton will meet its goal this year to reduce energy by 50 percent through using renewable energy. To read the entire story, please go here.
  • Where does Oregon's electricity come from?
    BPA transmission lines
    The Oregon Department of Energy has produced an interactive webpage that is designed to help Oregonians understand how and where their electricity is produced. You can enter the webpage by clicking on the red text below. Once you reach that page, simply click on the five colored bars near the top to learn where the power comes from.
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