Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image

2013 News Releases
Rulemaking hearing for BETC program is April 24

Diana Enright, 503-378-8278
Cliff Voliva, 503-378-3637
In Oregon, 1-800-221-8035

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a public rulemaking hearing on April 24 for the Business Energy Tax Credit program. Although the 2011 Oregon Legislature replaced the Business Energy Tax Credit program with the Energy Incentives Program, the Oregon Department of Energy still must carry out its obligations to BETC participants before that program officially ends in June 2014.

ODOE held an advisory committee meeting in February to gather input on the proposed rule changes. The proposed changes address three things:

  1. the application deadline for the July 1, 2014 program sunset,
  2. expansion of the transfer process, and
  3. making permanent the Nov. 16, 2012 temporary rule defining what constitutes “use” of the tax credit, rendering the tax credit nontransferable

The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Energy, 625 Marion St. NE, Salem. For those who cannot attend the meeting in person, participants may call in by dialing 877-771-7176 and entering access code 481079.

For more information about this rulemaking, including the draft proposed rules, please go to http://www.oregon.gov/energy/CONS/BUS/Pages/BETC-Rulemaking-for-Pass-through%2c-Transfer-and-Sunset-Provisions.aspx

The Oregon Department of Energy will accept oral testimony on the proposed rules at the public hearing. Written comments on the rules are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013, and sent via e-mail to: kathy.d.stuttaford@odoe.state.or.us.

ODOE plans to file the final permanent rules in May.

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 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.