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Oregon RPS Rulemaking
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Senate Bill 838, codified in Oregon Revised Statute 469A, created Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The RPS requires all utilities and electricity service providers (ESSs) that serve an Oregon load to include electricity generated from qualifying renewable energy sources in their portfolio of power. The required percentage varies over time. All utilities and ESSs must include some renewably-generated electricity by the year 2025.
New Oregon Administrative Rules by the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) are needed to:
  1. identify a mechanism to track, and report on, Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) acquired and used by electric utilities and electricity service suppliers to meet RPS requirements; and
  2. establish a date when the mechanism noted in item 1 takes effect.

Rulemaking to correct a procedural error of a notice requirement has been completed. The procedural error happened when rules were filed in January 2008. Because the defect in the adopted rules was procedural only, the rules adopted on September 3, 2008 are virtually identical to the rules adopted in January 2008.
A Petition for Judicial Review of these rules (OAR 33-160) was filed by the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities (ICNU) on Novemner 3, 2008.
Documents related to OAR 330-160, adopted September 3, 2008

View Documents related to the initial rulemaking (OAR 330-150) and the Petition for Judicial Review of those rules. 
Because the draft rules for rulemaking on OAR 330-160 were so similar to the previous rules, all previously submitted comments were considered in this rulemaking process. 
Other documents related to OAR 330-160 rulemaking

Questions may be sent to Michael Schopf at:
  • Email:michael.schopf@odoe.state.or.us
  • Fax: (503) 373-7806
  • Mail: Oregon RPS Info
            Oregon Department of Energy
            625 Marion St. N.E.
            Salem, OR 97301-3737

You can get details on the development of Oregon's RPS legislation, the role of our Renewable Energy Working Group, and related legislation in other states from our RPS page at http://Oregon-RPS.org