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Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard rule changes filed
3/4/2011
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
11-20
Contacts:
Andrea Simmons, 503-378-6510
Rebecca Sherman, 503-373-2295
In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
 
SALEM—The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) filed new and amended rules today for the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program. The rule changes incorporate feedback received from a 14-member advisory committee and the public during a comment period and six public meetings.
 
The rule changes include:
  • Accounting for early generation that is not listed in the existing system;
  • Setting standards for verifying where renewable energy was delivered in the grid;
  • Naming the Low Impact Hydropower Institute certification as the eligibility standard for low-impact hydropower projects; and
  • Describing how equipment upgrades at hydropower facilities may qualify for Renewable Energy Certificates.
The new and amended rules can be found on the ODOE website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/Rulemaking2010-RPS.shtml
 
The RPS was enacted in 2007 through Senate Bill 838 and modified in the 2010 special session. The bill directs Oregon utilities to meet a percentage of their retail electricity needs with qualified renewable resources. For the three largest utilities (PGE, PacifiCorp and Eugene Water and Electric Board), the standards are 5 percent starting in 2011, 15 percent in 2015, 20 percent in 2020, and 25 percent in 2025. For the other electric utilities in the state, the targets are 5- or 10-percent by 2025, depending on utility size.
 
Eligible resources include wind, geothermal, biomass, solar, wave, tidal, ocean thermal, low-impact hydroelectric, and hydrogen (if produced from any of these sources).
 
For more information on Oregon’s RPS, please visit: www.oregon-rps.org
 


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