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Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking

Rulemaking Overview

Temporary Rule Filed May 15, 2014

The Oregon Department of Energy adopted a temporary rule for the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program on May 15, 2014. The temporary rule updates the High Efficiency Air Source Heat Pump Systems requirement to align with the RETC Tax Credit chart from 10.0 HSPF to 9.0 HSPF. The change is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014.

The department plans to begin permanent rulemaking to address this rule section and other program aspects during the summer of 2014.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:

Deby Davis
Oregon Department of Energy
503-378-8351
retc.rulemaking@odoe.state.or.us 

The Oregon Department of Energy appreciates the feedback and comments received over the last several months during the Residential Energy Tax Credit rulemaking process. After the advisory committee meeting on Sept. 9, the department reviewed and discussed all comments. The department has updated the draft rules and would like feedback from stakeholders. Please submit written feedback by Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at 5 p.m. to elizabeth.ross@state.or.us.

The major proposed rule amendments since the advisory committee meeting are:

  • For third-party solar photovoltaic installations, restructure the number of reservations allowed per week. Allow third-parties to request up to 50 potential tax credits a week. A third-party may request no more than 900 reservations between January 1 and September 30 and may request no more than 1,300 total reservations in a calendar year. Overall, all third-parties reservations are still limited to $10 million in tax credit requests a year (see page 30).
  • Clarified requirements for direct vent gas fireplaces related to the electronic ignition requirements (see pages 57 & 58).

By Oct. 1, 2014 the department will post an updated set of draft rules that will be used for a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2014. Please view Public Hearing tab on this page for more information.

August 27, 2014

Date:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 
Time:
2 p.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 
Meeting Materials:

Summer 2014

The Oregon Department of Energy will hold public meetings in June and July to obtain feedback from anyone interested in potential changes to the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) as it relates to:

Solar Photovoltaic Residential Energy Tax Credit Public Meetings

The Oregon Department of Energy will hold five meetings to obtain feedback from anyone interested in potential changes to the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) as it relates to solar photovoltaic systems.
Every year the department reviews the market conditions that influence and affect the level of the residential solar photovoltaic tax credit as provided for in Oregon Revised Statute 316.116(2)(e)(A). At the meetings, the department will introduce the use of PowerClerk for all solar photovoltaic applications submitted by a tax credit technician beginning this fall, but will not require usage until after June 1, 2015. The department is also looking for feedback on plans to simplify contactor and system requirements by relying upon industry standards. Additionally, there will be discussion at the meetings around the Northwest Solar Communities’ current efforts.
Please attend or call in to one of the meetings to review proposed changes and provide feedback, or email feedback directly to the department (see email addresses below).

Portland

Date:
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
 
Time:
10 a.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Transportation
123 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
Main Floor A & B Conference Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Salem

Date:
Monday, July 14, 2014
 
Time:
2 p.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Eugene

Date:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
 
Time:
2 p.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
165 E. 7th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Willamette Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Bend

Date:
Monday, July 7, 2014
 
Time:
2 p.m.
 
Location:
Regional Solutions Office
1011 SW Emkay Drive
Bend, OR 97702
Suite 108
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Central Point

Date:
Tuessday, July 15, 2014
 
Time:
2 p.m.
 
Location:
Rogue Valley Council of Governments
155 N. 1st Street
Central Point, OR 97502
Jefferson Conference Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Energy Efficient Devices Residential Energy Tax Credit Public Meetings

The Oregon Department of Energy will hold five meetings to obtain feedback from anyone interested in potential changes to the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) as it relates to energy efficient devices such as air-source heat pumps, ductless mini-split heat pumps, duct sealing, gas hot water heaters, electric heat pump water heaters and residential geothermal.
At the meetings, the department will discuss increasing minimum requirements for appliances, such as increasing the HSPF requirement from 9.0 to 9.5 for air-source heat pumps. The department will also discuss modifications to the duct sealing incentive and propose requiring duct sealing with air-source heat pump and gas furnace systems with ducts in unconditioned spaces, rather than offering an individual incentive. The department would also like to discuss the possibility of adding gas fireplace inserts and tanked gas water heaters as eligible energy efficient appliances. The department will present a draft of a simplified tax credit rate chart.
Please attend or call in to one of the meetings to review proposed changes and provide feedback, or email feedback directly to the department (see email addresses below).

Portland

Date:
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
 
Time:
2 p.m..
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Transportation
123 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
Main Floor A & B Conference Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Salem

Date:
Monday, July 14, 2014
 
Time:
10 a.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Eugene

Date:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
 
Time:
10 a.m..
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
165 E. 7th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Willamette Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Bend

Date:
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
 
Time:
10 a.m.
 
Location:

Regional Solutions Office
1011 SW Emkay Drive
Bend, OR 97702
Suite 108

 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 

Medford

Date:
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
 
Time:
10 a.m.
 
Location:
Medford Library
205 South Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501
Adams Room
 
Call-in option:
No call-in option is available for this meeting.
 

Wood & Pellet Stoves Residential Energy Tax Credit Public Meeting July 10

At the meeting, the department will discuss simplifying and equalizing the wood and pellet stove tax credit calculation for stoves with actual measured efficiencies listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of certified wood heaters. The department will also further discuss the requirement of a dedicated outside combustion air source.

Please attend or call in to the public meeting to review proposed changes and provide feedback, or email feedback directly to the department (see email addresses below).

Date:
Thursday, July 10, 2014
 
Time:
10 a.m.
 
Location:
Metro Regional Solutions Office
1600 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Room 115
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 
Meeting Materials:
 

To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired, or accommodations for persons with disabilities, at least 72 hours before the meeting please contact 1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.

Future Opportunities To Participate

Following the sector meetings, the department will review comments and draft rules to review at a rulemaking advisory committee meeting planned for September 2014 in Salem. After the advisory committee meeting, the department will review comments and post on its website an updated draft of the rules. During a public hearing planned for October 2014, stakeholders may comment on the updated draft rules. The public hearing will be the final opportunity for comment before the department files final rules. The department plans for the rules to be effective Jan. 1, 2015.
For more information or to provide comments contact:
RETC Manager
503-373-2297
 
RETC Lead Worker
503-378-8351
 
Rulemaking
503-378-8354
 

Public Hearing

Date:
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
 
Time:
10 a.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 
Meeting Materials:
Written comments accepted until Friday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. email to elizabeth.ross@state.or.us.

RETC Advisory Committee

Meeting Purpose:

With stakeholders, the department will review proposed draft rules for the Residential Energy Tax Credit. The Oregon Department of Energy will post the draft rules prior to the meeting on its rulemaking website. The rulemaking proposes overall rule updates to assist and improve program administration. Proposed rule updates include new requirements for duct sealing, adjustments to the solar photovoltaic incentive rate, reworking the incentive calculation for wood and pellet stoves, and modifications to the tax credit chart. The rulemaking may involve other areas based on stakeholder feedback.
Date:
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
 
Time:
10 a.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room
 
Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
 
Meeting Materials:
 
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