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The Energy Incentives Program is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2017. Rulemaking efforts will prepare the program for its sunset, and update rules for Conservation Tax Credits.
  
  
14 Nov 2016Permanent rules filed for the EIP Energy Conservation Tax Credit

Rule Caption: Amending EIP Conservation tax credit rules including amendment and program sunset provisions. 


The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) filed permanent rules for the Energy Incentives Program (EIP) energy conservation tax credit on November 14, 2016. 

These permanent rule amendments update program procedures, expand amendment requests and include provisions for the program’s sunset. 

The conservation tax credit sunsets at the end of tax year 2017. To align with statute and Oregon Law, the rules provide that ODOE must receive an application for final certification prior to the end of the 2017 tax year of the applicant. For applicants choosing to sell the credit, the entity purchasing the credit must pay for it prior to the end of its 2017 tax year. For amendments, the rules allow an applicant to submit an amendment request up until issuance of the final certificate rather than by the time the final application is submitted to the department. 

These permanent rule amendments also:

  • Update cost term to better explain program practice for competitive and small premium projects,
  • Add requirements for combined heat and power, and cogeneration projects,
  • Add a process for applicants to accept conditions on a preliminary certificate,
  • Require at final certification that applicants provide itemized documentation of total project costs, and
  • Allow reconsideration of a denial during the technical review phase or request for an amendment.
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24 Oct 2016Public Hearing for Energy Incentives Program

Monday, October 24, 2016
10:00 a.m.

Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street
Salem Oregon 97301
Westerberg Room
Call-in Number:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235

The Conservation Tax Credits sunset at the end of tax year 2017. To align with statute and Oregon laws, the draft rules propose that ODOE must receive an application for final certification prior to the end of the 2017 tax year of the applicant. For applicants choosing to sell the credit, the entity purchasing the credit must pay for it prior to the end of its 2017 tax year. For amendments, the draft rules propose allowing an applicant to submit an amendment request up until issuance of the final certificate, rather than by the time the final application is submitted to ODOE. Additionally, through this rulemaking ODOE proposes:
  • Updating cost terms to better explain program practice for competitive and small premium projects;
  • Adding requirements for combined heat and power and cogeneration projects;
  • Adding a process for applicants to accept conditions on a preliminary certificate;
  • Require at final certification that applicants provide itemized documentation of total project costs; and
  • Allow reconsideration of a denial during the technical review phase or request for an amendment.
Meeting Materials:

ODOE will accept oral testimony on the rules at the public hearing. Participants unable to attend may call-in using the number listed above.

Written comments on the rulemaking are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, and sent via email to: elizabeth.ross@oregon.gov.

The public hearing will be the final opportunity for comment before the department files permanent rules. ODOE plans for the proposed rules to be filed and effective in November, 2016.

12 Sep 2016EIP Energy Conservation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meetings
Monday, September 12, 2016
10:00 a.m.

Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street
Salem Oregon 97301
Westerberg Room

Call-in Number: 
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
Webinar: www.connectmeeting.att.com, Meeting # 213‐​270‐2124, Access Code: 3125235 

On September 12, ODOE will hold its final public meeting to discuss the draft rules for Conservation Tax Credits prior to a public hearing in October. The meeting will build on comments received at the August 9th and August 24th public meetings.

MEETING PURPOSE
The Energy Incentives Program (EIP) Conservation Tax Credit program will sunset at the end of tax year 2017. To prepare for the sunset and ensure the agency meets its obligations to applicants, the Oregon Department of Energy is proposing rule changes for conservation tax credits. Proposed rule additions and changes include:

  • Requirements for the program's sunset
  • Cost definitions clarification
  • Small Premium Projects: costs and tax credit
  • Process to acknowledge conditions on a preliminary certificate
  • Process to streamline and simplify amendments

BACKGROUND 
HB 3672 (2011) created the EIP Energy Conservation Tax Credit program in 2011. The program is set to sunset at the end of the 2017 tax year. Since the initial filings of the program’s rules, ODOE has made minor rule changes to increase program fees and to implement HB 2448 (2015). ODOE has identified several areas of the rules that need updates or clarification in preparation for the program’s sunset. 

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE 

Following this public meeting, ODOE will review comments, post an updated version of draft rules on its website, and hold a public hearing planned for October 24, 2016.

For more information or to provide comments, contact: 

Michael Williams
Incentives Program Manager
503-378-6508
Elizabeth Ross
Rulemaking Coordinator
503-378-8534

NOTE: To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact the Oregon Department of Energy at least 72 hours before meeting at 1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.​
24 Aug 2016EIP Energy Conservation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 24, 2016
2:00 p.m.

Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street
Salem Oregon 97301
Westerberg Room

Call-in Number: 1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235
Webinar: www.connectmeeting.att.com, Meeting # 213‐​270‐2124, Access Code: 3125235 

Meeting Materials:
BACKGROUND 
HB 3672 (2011) created the EIP energy conservation tax credit program in 2011. The program is set to expire at the end of the 2017 tax year. Since the initial filings of the program’s rules, ODOE has made minor rule changes to increase program fees and implement HB 2448 (2015). After more than four years operating the program, program staff have identified several areas of the rules that need updates and clarification in preparation for the program’s sunset at the end of tax year 2017. 

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE 

Following this public meeting, ODOE will review comments and host further discussions with stakeholders to review draft rules. The next meeting is planned for Aug. 24 at ODOE’s office in Salem, with a call-in number available. After all the public meetings, ODOE will review comments, post an updated version of draft rules on its website, and schedule a public hearing.

For more information or to provide comments, contact: 

Michael Williams
Incentives Program Manager
503-378-6508
Elizabeth Ross
Rulemaking Coordinator
503-378-8534

NOTE: To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact the Oregon Department of Energy at least 72 hours before meeting at 1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.​
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For more information or to provide comments, contact:

Michael Williams
Incentives Program Manager
503-378-6508

Elizabeth Ross
Rulemaking Coordinator
503-378-8534​

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disability icons To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact the Oregon Department of Energy at least 72 hours before the meeting at
1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.​​​​​
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