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ARRA Energy Funding Awards
State Energy Program
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directs states to focus State Energy Program funding on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Oregon Department of Energy reviewed nearly 350 applications.  

Award winners
 
Round 1 - 22 awards to energy efficiency projects in K-12 schools - $500,000.
 
Round 2 - 21 awards to Eastern Oregon projects - $1.3 million

Round 3 - 95 awards statewide - $7.25 million 
 
Round 4 - 6 awards statewide - $1.5 million
 
Round 5 - 18 awards for renewable energy projects statewide - $6 million
 
Round 6  - 40 awards for lighting-only projects statewide - $6.3 million
 
Round 7 -  3 biomass and 16 industrial awards statewide - $5 million
 
Round 8 - 20 awards statewide - $6.3 million
 
State Energy Program Awards to Oregon School Districts
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Awards to Oregon counties
 
Closed Projects 
 
Woodstove Replacement Program 
 
State Energy Program Success Stories
 
Formula: Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program
The ARRA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds provided to the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will be used to fund projects that reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and maximizes benefits for local and regional communities; reduce total energy use; increase the use of renewable energy sources; and improve energy efficiency in the building, transportation, commercial, institutional and public sectors.
 
ODOE will encourage new and innovative approaches, and will use funds in a cost-effective manner to maximize benefits to the populations served by eligible local government entities, and in a manner that will yield continuous benefits over time to achieve energy and emission reductions.
 
We received award approval from US DOE on September 29, 2009.
 
EECBG Award Recipients - Round 1
 
EECBG Award Recipients - Round 2
 
EECBG Award Recipients - Round 3
 
 
ODOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Proposal to USDOE
 
 

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act awards to Oregon counties  
  
  
 
Closed Projects

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program Success Stories
 
Resources for Sub-Recipients
A webinar was held October 5 for sub-recipients of State Energy Plan and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant awards. The Webinar presentation is posted below. 
 
Grant Compliance Webinar 
 
 
ARRA Tool Kit
 
Introduction
 
Section 1 - Notice to Proceed 
 
Section 2 - Communication/Recognition 
 
Section 3 - Buy American 
 
Section 4 - Contracting and Labor Standards
 
Section 5 - Reimbursement and Reporting Requirements Using the Database 
 
Section 6 - Project Closeout 
 
Complete ARRA Tool kit - Sections 1 -6
 
The U.S. DOE has provided significant additional guidance on meeting the provisions of Buy American including nationwide waivers granted.
 
Buy American federal guidance 
 
Buy American Provisions Webinar September 8, 2011 
The federal site we recommend for viewing Davis-Bacon wage determinations is this:
 
Davis-Bacon wage determinations 
 
Competitive: Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program
The US Department of Energy has announced a Funding Opportunity Block Grant as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. This federal competitive grant (different than the formula Block Grant) will provide Oregon with the opportunity to do statewide scalable energy project financing pilot programs. 
  
The deadline for submitting an application has passed.
 
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Competitive funding will assist in the implementation of 2009 legislation HB 2626. This legislation, referred to as the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology Act of 2009, provides Oregon with innovative financial tools for investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Homeowners and small commercial business owners who invest in energy projects can repay their energy loan via their utility bill with the savings they realize in reduced energy use. A second financial tool will allow homeowners or business owners to repay their energy loan with repayment through a local improvement district or other public entity through their property assessment.
 
State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
Applications for the State Energy Appliance Rebate program are no longer being accepted.
All rebate vouchers have been distributed.
 
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Oregon Department of Energy with $3.6 million of federal stimulus funds from the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate. On January 1, 2010, the Department began to provide eligible low-income Oregon homeowners with a 70 percent reimbursement (up to $2,000) for ENERGY STAR heat pumps and furnaces purchases on or after January 1, 2010. Effective July 1, 2010, the appliance program was  expanded to include eligible homeowners who purchased ENERGY STAR water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers and clothes washers. 
 
The Department partnered with the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services to administer the program. 
  
Press releases:  
 
Energy Assurance Planning
A natural disaster, such as an earthquake, could impact critical energy infrastructure in Oregon and interrupt our access to energy. The state needs to know that energy will be available when needed. This is called energy assurance.
 
On September 15, 2009, the US Department of Energy accepted a $547,749 proposal from the Oregon Department of Energy under a federal energy assurance funding opportunity to study energy assurance and the response to a catastrophic seismic event. This federal grant is part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funding.
 
ODOE intends to identify opportunities to improve energy resilience. Resiliency is the ability to continue operating despite damage and to return to normal as quickly as possible when damage occurs. ODOE proposes to research the design and integration of distributed renewable energy investments into the existing energy network. ODOE will research the role of Oregon’s solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, bioenergy and biofuel resources throughout the state can play if traditional energy resources are unavailable. The study will consider how new technology, including renewable energy sources, can provide local energy generation to communities, and emergency service providers, during energy emergencies when their network supply may be disrupted.
 
Oregon’s approach to this grant leverages the combined capabilities of the Oregon Department of Energy, the Oregon Public Utility Commission and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. ODOE, under a declared energy emergency, has statutory authority to require petroleum wholesalers, suppliers and distributors in Oregon to set aside fuel for the state’s emergency response and recovery efforts. Because Oregon has no petroleum refineries in state and gets its petroleum from refineries in Washington, coordination with Washington state is crucial. OPUC, under a declared energy emergency, has statutory authority to mandate energy curtailment to all Oregonians. DOGAMI evaluates risks to critical energy infrastructure. The combined efforts will provide Oregon with critical information for the revised Oregon Energy Emergency Response Plan. In addition to these three state agencies, the Oregon Department of Energy has selected R.W. Beck, Inc., a private sector energy business consulting firm, to conduct a study of distributed energy resiliency in the state.
 
A portion of the grant will be used to conduct exercises in the revised Oregon Energy Emergency Response Plan. This will include developing earthquake scenarios and determining likely impacts and damages to better identify vulnerability and mitigation options. After each exercise participants will incorporate lessons learned into the Oregon Energy Emergency Response Plan, a public document.
 
Milestones for the Energy Assurance grant include the following:
 
September 15, 2010 – Energy supply disruption tracking process – completed
 
March 15, 2011 – Energy Assurance Plan - completed
 
November 29-30, 2011 – Western regional table top energy assurance exercise hosted by US Department of Energy in Phoenix, AZ
 
Approximately March 15, 2012 – Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) table top energy assurance exercise
 
Budget for the $547,749 Energy Assurance grant:
  • Oregon Department of Energy - $250,000
  • Oregon Public Utility Commission - $95,537
  • Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - $202,212
Energy Assurance Fact Sheet 
City of Portland’s Local Energy Assurance Plan 
 
Woodstoves, Irrigation & Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The Oregon Department of Energy's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act team works cooperatively with several agencies on programs which benefit Oregon’s economy and improve energy efficiency.
These partnership programs include:
  • Replacing old and inefficient wood stoves in communities with unhealthy air quality - Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Improving the efficiency of irrigation systems - Regional irrigation districts
  • Building electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and other infrastructure on I-5 south of Eugene to the California border - Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
 
Wood Stove Replacements with Oregon DEQ
In order to improve air quality in certain Oregon communities, the Oregon Department of
Environmental Quality manages a program to replace old and inefficient wood -burning stoves in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Oakridge, and Burns/Hines. Wintertime fine particulate and air toxin levels from wood burning have exceeded federal air quality health standards in these communities.
 
The Oregon Department of Energy provided Recovery Act funds to the Oregon DEQ to provide rebates to individuals who replace their old wood burning stoves with new, certified efficient heating devices. The program has depleted its funding resources and is no longer accepting applications.
 
The Oregon Department of Energy does offer a Residential Energy Tax Credit for Oregonians who purchase high efficiency wood and pellet stoves. For more information, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/RES/tax/HVAC-Biomass.shtml 
 
Agriculture Irrigator Efficiency
In order to promote energy efficiency in Oregon, the Oregon Department of Energy with regional irrigation districts designed a program to replace old irrigation infrastructure with premium efficiency equipment. The goal is to increase irrigation efficiency by 2,930 kWh for every $1,000 of grant money spent. As of January 15, the program is no longer accepting applications.
 
The program provided grants of up to $200,000 to soil and water conservation and resource conservation districts around the state. These on-the ground grant recipients will seek out agricultural producers to improve efficiency in water delivery systems and dairy operations. Examples of efficiency improvement would include upgrading irrigation pumps with new premium-efficiency models, installing variable speed drives, soil moisture monitoring equipment and implementing Scientific Irrigation Scheduling programs. These upgrades will reduce diesel an delectricity consumption, reduce growers' overhead costs, increase water conservation, and improve grower productivity.
 
Soil and water conservation and resource conservation districts that partipated included:
  • Columbia-Blue Mountain Resource, Conservation and Development Council
  • Klamath Soil Water and Conservation District
  • Wasco County Soil Water and Conservation District
  • Wy'East Resource, Conservation and Development Council
  • Three Sisters Irrigation District 
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations with ODOT
In order to demonstrate electric vehicle charging station technology and make traveling the entire I-5 corridor possible for electric vehicles, the Oregon Department of Transportation will construct and oversee a network of eight electric vehicle charging stations on the southern stretch of I-5.
 
This program will lead the way on fast-charge technology for electric vehicles, taking only 20 minutes to fill a battery. New infrastructure will prepare the state for the wave of electric vehicles which will soon become available in Oregon. Within a decade, plug-in cars could account for up to 20 percent of new vehicles sold.
 
Eight stations are being installed at 25 mile increments from south of Eugene to the California border.
 
Station equipment and installation were selected through a competitive procurement process ensuring that the new stations are cost-effective while built to the highest standards.   
 
More information on this project can be found on the ODOT Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding website.
 
State Energy Program and Block Grant Awards by County
State Energy Program and
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
Awards by County
County
Number of Awards
Value of Awards
3
$139,965
11
$1,883,107
7
$1,947,847
6
$369,911
8
$2,545,109
22
$983,835
4
$193,720 
3
$104,777
6
$846,563
14
$1,547,306 
5
$315,572
7
$831,212
5
$384,834
4
$67,385
13
$1,267,342
8
$444,838
5
$690,176
5
$984,805
Lake 
8
$2,776,889
19
$3,376,782
1
$75,473
6
$220,654
10
$1,275,917
15
$1,904,508
3
$170,621
21
$9,269,178
7
$1,186,281
1
$546,000
2
$1,097,855
12
$1,608,413
2
$635,000
4
$380,497
3
$815,653
10
$986,004
3
$85,758
3
$83,370
8
$6,087,591
TOTAL
271
$48,157,748