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Final RETC rulemaking hearing is Nov. 23
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Deby Davis, 503-378-8351
Diana Enright, 503-378-8278
In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a public hearing on November 23 concerning legislative changes to the Residential Energy Tax Credit program. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at ODOE’s main office (625 Marion St. NE) in Salem.
This will be the final hearing for permanent rule changes to RETC as a result of 2011 legislation. House Bill 3672, among other things, directed ODOE to:
  • Eliminate tax credits for energy efficient appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers, and clothes washers), air conditioners and boilers,
  • Eliminate tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles and vehicle-conversion equipment, and
  • Cap tax credits for third-party alternative energy device installations.
The current draft rules can be found on the ODOE website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/Rulemaking2011-RETC.shtml
The public comment period for these new rules ends November 30. Comments can be submitted to: retc.rulemaking@odoe.state.or.us.
Qualifying systems and equipment that will still be eligible for a RETC include:
  • Solar and wind systems
  • Ground-source heat pumps
  • Highly-efficient furnaces and heat pumps
  • Premium-efficiency woodstoves
  • High-efficiency water heaters
To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired, or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact ODOE at least 72 hours before the meeting at 1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.

About the Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homes, businesses, manufacturing, farms, ranches, schools and governments.


Oregon Department of Energy
Main OfficeHermiston Field Office
625 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR 97301-3737
395 E Highland Rd.
Phone: 503-378-4040Hermiston, OR 97838
Toll-free in Oregon: 1-800-221-8035P: 541-567-3840
Fax: 503-373-7806