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New permanent rules for renewable energy systems and appliances take effect Jan. 1
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Andrea Simmons, 503-378-6510
Jo Morgan, 503-373-0076
In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
SALEM—Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) has announced new permanent rule changes for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program known as RETC. The changes take effect on Jan. 1, 2011 and affect residential renewable energy systems and appliances.
ODOE recently filed permanent rule changes to RETC on December 22 after receiving input from the general public, stakeholders and performing an internal review. The rules will replace temporary rules that went into effect on July 1, 2010.
An overview of the permanent rule changes include:
  • improved “energy standards” that will require a variety of appliances to be brought in line with energy-efficient advances in technology, affording customers a greater opportunity to purchase energy-efficient models. 
  • a third-party financing model for alternative energy devices installed at a residence that are owned, financed and maintained by a third party. The third party owner would have access to financial incentives associated with the system.
  • a streamlined recertification process for Tax Credit Technicians, who will be recertified every three years, rather than annually.
About the Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) provides tax credits, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homes, businesses, manufacturing, farms, ranches, schools and governments. For more information, visit ODOE’s website at www.oregon.gov/energy.


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