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 Rebecca Sherman
 Diana Enright
10-39In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
The Oregon Department of Energy has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund (CREFF) grants program. The CREFF program offers grants of up to $50,000 to study the feasibility of specific and new renewable energy, heat, and fuel projects in Oregon.
Studies may evaluate the available renewable energy resource, siting and permitting requirements, transmission and interconnection, environmental footprint, and long-term economic viability. The program only funds a maximum of 75 percent of the cost of the work. Successful awardees must demonstrate at least a 25 percent match.
“Whether you are a private business or a local government, you are eligible to apply as long as your project meets the basic program requirements,” says Rebecca Sherman, Renewable Development Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). “The program accepts applications for all renewable energy sectors, but the grant program is competitive. Successful applicants typically have given the project careful advance consideration, which shows through in the CREFF application. They also tend to leverage their awards with a strong match and demonstrate the support of their community.”
Information on the program, how to apply and the RFP are posted on the ODOE website at http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/CREFF.shtml/. The RFP is also posted in the ORPIN system (Oregon Procurement Information Network). Applications must be received by Friday, October 8, 2010 at 5 p.m.
In the first and second rounds, the program has committed more than $500,000 to feasibility projects that provide the essential first step for renewable energy development in Oregon. The current solicitation is seeking a third round of applications. Applicants who did not receive a grant in the first two rounds are eligible to reapply for this third round of CREFF awards.
The CREFF program was established in 2007 with funds from a legal settlement between the State of Oregon and Reliant Energy. One million dollars of the settlement was set aside to provide financial assistance for feasibility studies for renewable energy projects that benefit Oregon energy consumers and local communities. 
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