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Rulemaking for 1.5% Green Energy Technology in Public Buildings

Geothermal (HB 3329)

The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a public hearing on September 24 to receive comments on draft rules for the 1.5 Percent for Green Energy Technology in Public Buildings program. The rulemaking hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. at ODOE’s office in Salem, 625 Marion Street NE.
The proposed rule amendments would make the rules consistent with changes to the program adopted through House Bill 3329, passed by the 2015 Oregon Legislative Assembly. The proposed rule amends the definition of “Green Energy Technology” to allow geothermal energy sources to qualify as Green Energy Technology for public school buildings if the water used as a heat source is more than 128 degrees Fahrenheit, reduced from the current standard of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Date:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
 
Time:
2:30 p.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
 
Call-in option:
1-877-848-7030 Access Code: 7873317
 
Meeting Materials:
 Stakeholders may provide oral comments on the draft rules at the hearing, and are also encouraged to provide written comments by the deadline of 5 p.m. on September 24, 2015 via email to: wendy.simons@state.or.us.

Deferrals (HB 2987)

The proposed rule amendments would make the rules consistent with changes to the program adopted through House Bill 2987, passed by the 2015 Oregon Legislative Assembly. When a public body finds that Green Energy Technology is not appropriate for a current project, the amount that would have been spent is deferred and must be added to the 1.5 percent for Green Energy Technology on a future project. The bill amendments removed a requirement to deposit the deferred funds into a separate account, while preserving the requirement for contracting agencies to report to the Oregon Department of Energy on the amount and eventual use of deferred funds. Therefore, the proposed rules remove the requirement for public entities to report to the department information about the account or fund where the deferred funds would be held. The bill also added a requirement for public bodies to report to the department on the aggregate amount of funds that have been deferred for Green Energy Technology.
Date:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
 
Time:
2:00 p.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
 
Call-in option:
1-877-848-7030 Access Code: 7873317
 
Meeting Materials: Stakeholders may provide oral comments on the draft rules at the hearing, and are also encouraged to provide written comments by the deadline of 5 p.m. on September 24, 2015 via email to: wendy.simons@state.or.us
Current Program Rules

http://www.oregon.gov/_layouts/images/icpdf.pngCurrent 1.5% Green Energy Technology Rules (OAR 330-135)