SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a public hearing on November 28 to review draft administrative rules for the 1.5 percent green energy technology in public buildings program. The rules incorporate changes from Senate Bill 1533 (2012) and clarify program procedures.
The rulemaking hearing will begin at 9 a.m. at ODOE’s main office in Salem (625 Marion St.).
Until recently, state law required that public buildings dedicate at least 1.5 percent of capital improvements to solar energy investments. During the 2012 session, lawmakers expanded the types of green energy technology that public buildings can use to include geothermal electricity generation or geothermal energy direct use for space or water heating, and the option to employ green technology away from the site. ODOE’s proposed rules incorporate the changes in the new law and provide more clarity to the definitions.
ODOE will accept oral testimony on the rules at the public hearing on November 28. Participants may also call in to provide oral testimony; the call-in number is 888-232-3870 and the access code is 872206.
ODOE welcomes written comments prior to the public hearing. At the hearing, ODOE will discuss comments received to date and accept new comments.
The ODOE website has a draft of the proposed rules at: http://www.oregon.gov/energy/CONS/Pages/Rulemaking-for-1.5-Green-Energy-Technology-in-Public-Buildings-SB-1533-%282012%29-.aspx.
Written comments on the rulemaking are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, and sent via e-mail to: email@example.com.
ODOE will file the permanent rules in late December.
To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired, or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact ODOE at least 48 hours before the meeting at 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.