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Public Purpose Charges for PGE, PacifiCorp
Public purposes for investor-owned utilities

Beginning on March 1, 2002, PGE and PacifiCorp began collecting a public-purpose charge for 10 years from consumers within their service areas that is equal to 3 percent of the total revenues from electricity services collected by the utilities and other electricity providers. The funds are collected monthly based on the dollar amount paid. 
 
In addition, PGE and PacifiCorp must collect, in total, $10 million from consumers for electric bill-paying assistance for low-income households.
 
How the money is allocated

The 3 percent is allocated among several public purposes. The public purpose charge distribution is:
 
56.7%
Conservation
17.1%
Renewable resources
11.7%
Weatherization for low-income households
10.0%
Schools
4.5%
Low-income housing
100%
Total
 
Where the money goes

The funds are distributed to benefit consumers in PGE and PacifiCorp service territories only. Several parties are responsible for administering those funds. 
 
Investment of the energy conservation and renewable resource funds are managed by a new non-governmental, non-profit organization called the Energy Trust of Oregon. The Energy Trust of Oregon, is overseen by a volunteer board, appointed by Oregon Public Utility Commission.
 
The PUC develops the purpose, structure, and operational guidelines for the non-profit organization. Subcommittees include representatives from the utility industry, consumer groups, renewable energy organizations and the Oregon Department of Energy. These subcommittees advise the board on promising services, technologies or practices that meet energy efficiency or renewable resource goals.
 
Seventeen of Oregon's 21 education service districts that serve schools within each utility service area receive a share of funds based on enrollment.
 
Low-income weatherization and low-income housing funds is administered by Oregon Housing and Community Services Department.
Electric Utility Restructuring
 
Edition 4 of the Power Technologies Energy Data Book