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Seven win awards to fund feasibility studies
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Rebecca Sherman, 503-373-2295
Ann Grim, 503-378-4912
In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
SALEM—The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) has issued seven awards totaling $195,770 to study the feasibility of specific and new renewable energy, heat, and fuel projects in Oregon.
The purpose of the Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund (CREFF) program is to encourage widespread adoption of renewable energy projects that reduce Oregon’s dependence on fossil fuel-based energy sources and promote sustainable economic development. Studies may address initial resource assessments, siting and permitting requirements, transmission and interconnection, environmental footprint, and long-term economic viability.
“These funds help communities and businesses answer their first critical questions about developing renewable energy,” says Rebecca Sherman, CREFF coordinator at ODOE. “With a feasibility study in hand, our awardees will have a solid financing platform and a road map to building their new projects.”
The award winners are:

Project Owner
Type of Study
Sustainable Engineering
 $    5,200
Small-scale Wind
Central Oregon Irrigation District
 $  36,000
Canal Hydropower
Triumfus Onion Products
 $  44,000
Good Company
 $  22,570
Community Solar PV
Portland Public Schools
 $    5,000
Solar Thermal Greenhouse
Surprise Valley Electrification Corp.
 $  43,000
Geothermal Power
Klamath Water and Power Authority
 $  40,000
Klamath Falls
Geothermal Power
The CREFF program was established in 2007 with funds from a legal settlement. The settlement set aside $1 million to provide financial assistance for feasibility studies for renewable energy projects that benefit Oregon energy consumers and local communities.
ODOE has now issued CREFF awards for 23 studies since June 2009 and all $1 million of the fund has been allocated. Awarded projects that are constructed are required to repay their CREFF awards so future awards can be made.
For more information about the CREFF awards and a 2010 annual report, please go to:  http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/CREFF.shtml

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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