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Rulemaking hearing for RETC program is December 4

​SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a public hearing on December 4 to review draft administrative rules for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program. The rulemaking hearing will begin at 9 a.m. at ODOE’s main office in Salem (625 Marion St.).

The intent of the proposed rules is to keep up with the current technologies and efficiencies.

The proposed rules clarify cost terms, statutory incentive amounts, year to claim the tax credit and tax credit technician registration. Additionally, the rules update the renewal requirements, renewal timelines and testing requirements for tax credit technicians.

The proposed rules also make specific changes for solar photovoltaic projects, wind turbines, heat pump systems, HVAC systems and efficient woodstoves.

To assist in understanding the updated tax credit rates, ODOE has created a chart that has the new incentive rates: http://www.oregon.gov/energy/CONS/docs/DRAFT2013RETCRates11.20.12.pdf

Lastly, the proposed rules also include housekeeping amendments to correct terminology, simplify language and update statutory references.

The department requests public comment on these draft rules. ODOE will accept oral testimony on the rules at the public hearing. Call-in participants may listen to the hearing, but not provide oral testimony. The call-in number is 877-771-7176 and the access code is 481079.

Written comments on the rulemaking are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, and sent via e-mail to: kathy.d.stuttaford@odoe.state.or.us. The department will discuss written comments received before to December 4 at the hearing.

ODOE has posted the proposed rules at: http://www.oregon.gov/energy/CONS/Pages/Rulemaking2011-RETC.aspx

ODOE will file permanent program 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.