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Rulemaking for Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) will help the state achieve 50 percent renewable power by 2040.
 
​2017 RPS Rulemaking
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29 Nov 2017Renewable Portfolio Standard Permanent Rules Public Hearing

Rule Caption: Implementing legislation regarding renewable energy certificates under the Renewable Portfolio Standard Program

Public Hearing
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 9 a.m.
Oregon Department of Energy (parking information)
Meitner Room
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Call-in number:
(877) 402-9753 Access code: 2934157

Hearing materials:

The proposed rule changes make permanent an existing temporary rule and add rule language to further clarify implementation of Oregon Laws 2016, chapter 28 (SB 1547). The proposed rule language extends the deadline by five months for stakeholders to apply for thermal renewable energy certificates (T-RECs) associated with qualifying thermal generation that occurred between the effective date of Oregon Laws 2016, chapter 28 (SB 1547), March 8, 2016, and the date that relevant Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) rules were effective, December 21, 2016. The proposed rule also removes the requirement that generator representatives must be registered for thermal generation by the deadline.

Additionally, the proposed language aligns department rule with changes made to statute by Senate Bill 1547:

  • Adds a definition for “distribution utility”
  • Updates provisions on renewable energy certificate (REC) banking to reflect the statutory removal of unlimited REC banking
  • ​Updates provisions on the types of RECs to include a newly allowable pathway for generating bundled RECs when electricity service suppliers and distribution utilities mutually agree upon a delivery point for generation

ODOE will accept oral testimony on the rules at the public hearing. Participants unable to attend may call in using the number listed above.

Written comments on the rulemaking are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and may be sent via email to: wendy.simons@oregon.gov.

The public hearing will be the final opportunity for comment before the department files permanent rules. ODOE plans for the proposed rules to be effective on or before December 31, 2017.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Smith, Senior Energy Analyst, 503-373-7955, rebecca.smith@oregon.gov

Wendy Simons, Rulemaking Coordinator, 503-378-6043, wendy.simons@oregon.gov

28 Sep 2017RPS Draft Rule Language & Rulemaking Schedule Updates

The Oregon Department of Energy has released an initial draft of updates and changes to the administrative rules for Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) associated with the passage of SB 1547 (2016). The draft includes the temporary rule language filed in July to extend the deadline for applying for thermal renewable energy certificates (T-RECs) for stranded thermal generation.

Future Opportunities to Participate

Stakeholders may provide informal comments on the draft rules to the department between now and October 20, 2017.

ODOE will publish proposed rules in November 2017. A formal public comment period will follow, along with a public hearing planned for late November. This will be the final opportunity for comment before the department files final rules in December.

PLEASE NOTE: To be included in further communications regarding this rulemaking, be sure to sign up for our RPS rulemaking email list

For more information or to provide comments, please contact Rebecca Smith at rebecca.smith@oregon.gov or (503) 373-7955.

21 Sep 2017August 30 RPS Workshop Meeting Summary

​On August 30, the Oregon Department of Energy held a stakeholder workshop to discuss proposed changes to RPS administrative rules related to the 2016 passage of Senate Bill 1547 and the T-RECs temporary rules filed in July 2017 (more information below). 

ODOE has made available a summary of the August 30 meeting:

30 Aug 2017ODOE RPS Rulemaking Workshop

The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a stakeholder workshop on August 30, 2017 to discuss proposed changes to RPS administrative rules related to the 2016 passage of Senate Bill 1547 and the T-RECs temporary rules filed in July 2017. The workshop will serve as a kick-off to the formal rulemaking process, which will take place during the fall of 2017, resulting in permanent rules filed no later than Jan. 1, 2018.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

9 a.m.-11 a.m. 

Oregon Department of Energy (Parking information​)
Meitner Conference Room
550 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Call in: 877-402-9753; Access: 2934157

Meeting Agenda
ODOE Staff Presentation​


The scope of this rulemaking will include: 

  • Extension of the deadline for applying for stranded thermal generation from 8/1/2017 to 1/1/2018;
  • Removal of requirement that applicants for stranded thermal generation be registered in WREGIS on or before 8/1/2017;
  • Update of the delivery requirements for bundled RECs to include SB 1547 (2016) Section 9 language regarding electricity service suppliers and distribution utilities; and
  • Update of the rules on allowable REC vintages to reflect the REC banking rules established in SB 1547 (2016) Section 7.

21 Jul 2017Temporary Rules Filed for Thermal RECs

​ODOE filed a temporary rule to extend the deadline for generator representatives to apply for thermal renewable energy certificates (T-RECs) for stranded thermal energy generated between March 8 and December 21, 2016.

With the temporary rule, the deadline for applications is now January 1, 2018.

To file a temporary rule, an agency must provide justification that failure to act promptly will result in serious prejudice to the public interest or the interest of parties concerned. Once filed, it will be in effect for a maximum of 180 days. During the 180 days following adoption of the temporary rule, ODOE will conduct a formal rulemaking to permanently extend the deadline for eligibility for T-RECs associated with stranded thermal energy in OAR 330-160-0015.

17 Jul 2017Notice of Intent to File Temporary Thermal RECs Rule

ODOE announced today its intention to file a temporary rule to extend the deadline for generator representatives to apply for thermal renewable energy certificates (T-RECs) for stranded thermal energy generated between March 8 and December 21, 2016.

Current ODOE administrative rules require that generator representatives must register a facility for thermal generation in WREGIS and must submit an application for certification as Oregon RPS​-eligible to ODOE by August 1, 2017 to be eligible for T-RECs for stranded thermal generation. However, given delays in full functionality of thermal facility registration in WREGIS and changes to and refinement of the process of applying for Oregon RPS certification, ODOE does not find the August 1, 2017 to be attainable for most generator representatives.

To file a temporary rule, an agency must provide justification that failure to act promptly will result in serious prejudice to the public interest or the interest of parties concerned. Once filed, it will be in effect for a maximum of 180 days. During the 180 days following adoption of the temporary rule, ODOE will conduct a formal rulemaking to permanently extend the deadline for eligibility for T-RECs associated with stranded thermal energy in OAR 330-160-0015.
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​Thermal Renewable Energy Certificates 2016 Rulemaking
  
  
21 Dec 2016Conclusion of Rulemaking for Thermal RECs (T-RECs)

The Oregon Department of Energy submitted final rules to the Secretary of State on December 21, 2016 for renewable energy certificates for the generation of thermal energy (T-RECs) to meet the requirements of SB 1547. This concludes both the stakeholder process begun in June 2016 and the formal rulemaking process, which closed on November 2, 2016.

Materials:

The supplemental application for T-RECs for certification for the Oregon RPS will be available by Tuesday, December 27, 2016 on the RPS page.

02 Nov 2016Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing for Renewable Energy Certificates for Generation of Thermal Energy

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm

Oregon Department of Energy
​Westerberg Conf​erence Room
625 Marion St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Call in number:
(877) 402-9753 | Access code: 2934157

You are invited to join the Oregon Department of Energy for the public hearing for the proposed rulemaking to establish processes to issue renewable energy certificates for thermal energy from biomass-based electricity generation (T-RECs) to meet the requirements of SB 1547 (2016).​

This public hearing will be an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide public comments on the proposed rules. Comments may also be submitted to the department in writing by 5pm on November 2, 2016. This will be the final opportunity for comment before the department files final rules in late November of 2016. 


Public Hearing Materials: 

07 Sep 2016Stakeholder Workgroup Meeting #3
03 Aug 2016Stakeholder Workgroup Meeting #2
20 Jun 2016Stakeholder Workgroup Meeting #1
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For more information or to provide comments, contact:

Rebecca Smith
503-373-7955​


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1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.​​​​​
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