SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a public hearing on September 25 to review draft administrative rules that define “Oregon's share,” as stated in the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Originally enacted in 2007 through Senate Bill 838, the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires Oregon utilities to deliver a percentage of their electricity from renewable resources by 2025. The goal of the RPS is to encourage the development of cleaner and more efficient sources of energy.
The rulemaking hearing will begin at 1 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Energy (625 Marion St.) in Salem.
In this rulemaking, ODOE is proposing to define “Oregon’s share” of efficiency upgrades at Bonneville Power Administration’s hydropower facilities (ORS 469A.020 (3)) for the purpose of compliance with the RPS. Once the BPA certifies its hydropower efficiency upgrades, the rules will enable BPA to provide Oregon-eligible renewable energy certificates to Oregon utilities.
ODOE will accept written comments, as well as oral testimony on the rules, at the public hearing. Call-in participants may listen to the hearing; no oral testimony will be taken from call-in participants. The call-in number is 888-232-3870 and the access code is 872206.
The ODOE website has a draft of the proposed rules at http://cms.oregon.gov/energy/RENEW/Pages/RPS-Rulemaking.aspx. Written comments are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, and must be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODOE will file the permanent rules in late October.
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 Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, grants, loans, technical assistance and energy information for home owners, businesses, manufacturers, farms, ranches, schools and governments.