The Oregon Department of Energy facilitates the administration of SB 1149 funds in cooperation with the Education Service Districts and individual school districts.
Senate Bill 1149
directed Oregon's two largest utilities, Portland General Electric
, to collect a "public purpose charge" from their customers.
The charge collected is equal to 3 percent of the total revenues from electricity services. Ten percent of those funds collected must go toward energy efficiency improvements in public schools within the PGE and PacifiCorp service areas.
School improvements can include new windows, upgraded heating and cooling systems, building envelope improvements, better lighting, rooftop solar panels, and more.
Schools using SB 1149 public purpose funds:
See the full program guidelines
for more information about the program, energy audits, energy use reporting, and more.