Energy in Oregon

Oregon state law requires that public entities spend 1.5% of public building construction costs on green energy technology.
Solar on the State Capitol
The 1.5% for Green Energy Technology (GET) requirement applies to public entities in Oregon. 1.5 percent of the total contract price of a public improvement contract for new construction or a major renovation of a public building must be spent on green energy technology, or as an alternative, woody biomass energy technology (WBET), regardless of the funding source.

Green energy technology includes:
  • Solar technologies such as photovoltaic and solar thermal systems.
  • Passive solar and day lighting systems that reduce whole building energy use by 20 percent or more.
  • Geothermal systems that use geothermal source temperatures of 140 degrees or more to provide heating or make electricity. Geothermal systems in K-12 schools may use a source temperature of 128 degrees or higher. Ground source heat pumps do not meet the green energy technology requirement.
Woody biomass energy technology includes:
  • A space or water heating system or a combined heat and power system that uses fuel material from trees and woody plants that are a by-product of forest management, agriculture, ecosystem restoration, or fire prevention or related activities​. The system boiler must have a lower heating value combustion efficiency of at least 80 percent. Wood pieces that have been treated with certain chemicals, municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, or other industrial wood waste cannot be used as fuel​.
Public entities include, but are not limited to, state agencies, community colleges, school districts and education service districts, and local governments. See our Frequently Asked Questions and the Administrative Rules for more information.

If a public body determines GET or alternative WBET is inappropriate for a project, or wants to install the technology off-site, the public body must submit a description to the Technical Review Panel​ and explain their decision. The Technical Review Panel will provide its recommendation to the public body within 60 days. Funds not spent on the current project must be spent on the next building project that the public body undertakes, unless no state funds are included in the project cost. 


Reporting Requirements

Public entities subject to the 1.5 percent requirement must report their GET or WBET projects through the Oregon Department of Energy's Reporting Database​. Projects must be reported whether GET/WBET is determined to be appropriate or inappropriate. Review the instructions and list of information​ you'll need before you get started. 
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Resources
GET Program​ FAQs

Reporting Database
​1.5% for GET Reporting Database

Related Links
State Energy Efficient Design​
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