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The Residential Energy Tax Credit program is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2017.
Current RETC rulemaking activities include:

​RETC 2017 Program Updates, Sunset Provisions
  
  
01 Jan 2017Permanent rules filed for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program

Rule Caption: Amending Residential Energy Tax Credit rules, rate chart, and sunset provisions.

The Oregon Department of Energy filed new permanent rules for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program. The rule amendments go into effect January 1, 2017. The permanent rules for the Residential Energy Tax Credit make program updates, including provisions for the program’s sunset. The RETC program sunsets at the end of tax year 2017. The rule amendments include:

  • Reducing the solar photovoltaic incentive;
  • Updating the tax credit calculation for solar radiation for domestic water heating and swimming pool heating systems;
  • Adding a lower eligibility tier for storage gas water heater devices;
  • Clarifying what is included for the eligible cost of the device;
  • Updating the photovoltaic solar site assessment method; and
  • Providing timelines for the program’s sunset and other updates.
21 Dec 2016Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking Hearing

​​The Oregon Department of Energy proposes rule amendments for the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program to make program updates, including provisions for the program’s sunset. The RETC program sunsets at the end of tax year 2017. Proposed rule amendments include reduction of the solar photovoltaic incentive based on market conditions, updating the tax credit calculation for solar radiation for domestic water heating and swimming pool heating ​systems, adding a lower eligibility tier for storage gas water heater devices, clarifying what is included for the eligible cost of the device, updating the photovoltaic solar site assessment method and timelines for the program’s sunset. There are also general updates to the tax credit rate chart.

Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking Public Hearing

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
2:00 pm

Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol St. NE
Meitner Room
Salem, OR 97301

Call-in option:
1-888-273-3658, Access Code: 3125235

Webinar:
www.connectmeeting.att.com
Meeting #213-270-2124, Access Code 3125235

Meeting Materials:

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

Written comments on the rulemaking are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 23, 2016, and sent by 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 in late December and effective January 1, 2017.

14 Nov 2016Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2016
2:00 p.m..
 
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room
 
Call-in Option:1-888-273-3658, Access code: 3125235
 
Webinar:
www.connectmeeting.att.com, Meeting #213‐​270‐2124, Access Code: 3125235
 
Meeting Materials


MEETING PURPOSE 

The Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program sunsets at the end of tax year 2017. To prepare for the sunset and ensure applicants understand the impact of the sunset, the Oregon Department of Energy will discuss application timelines, possible changes to program rules, and seek feedback from stakeholders about program operation. ODOE will post materials on its rulemaking website prior to the meeting. At the meeting, program staff will review:

  • ​Program sunset timelines
  • Reducing the solar photovoltaic incentive based on market conditions
  • Updating the tax credit calculation for solar thermal domestic water and swimming pool heating systems
  • Updating requirements for third-party installed systems
  • Adding an incentive tier for storage gas water heater devices

BACKGROUND

The Oregon Department of Energy hosted two solar photovoltaic stakeholder public meetings in August to gather input on reducing the incentive rate and one solar thermal stakeholder public meeting in April to gather input on the tax credit calculation for those systems. Materials from those meetings can be found on this page.

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE

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 Dec. 21, 2016. ODOE plans for the rule changes to be effective Jan. 1, 2017.
03 Nov 2016Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 3, 2016
10:30 a.m..

Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room 

Call-in Option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235 

Webinar:
www.connectmeeting.att.com, Meeting #213‐​270‐2124, Access Code: 3125235 

Meeting Materials:

MEETING PURPOSE 

The Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program sunsets at the end of tax year 2017. To prepare for the sunset and ensure applicants understand the impact of the sunset, the Oregon Department of Energy will discuss application timelines, possible changes to program rules, and seek feedback from stakeholders about program operation. ODOE will post materials on its rulemaking website prior to the meeting. At the meeting, program staff will review:

  • ​Program sunset timelines
  • Reducing the solar photovoltaic incentive based on market conditions
  • Updating the tax credit calculation for solar thermal domestic water and swimming pool heating systems
  • Updating requirements for third-party installed systems
  • Adding an incentive tier for storage gas water heater devices

BACKGROUND

The Oregon Department of Energy hosted two solar photovoltaic stakeholder public meetings in August to gather input on reducing the incentive rate and one solar thermal stakeholder public meeting in April to gather input on the tax credit calculation for those systems. Materials from those meetings can be found on this page.

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE

Following this public meeting, ODOE will review comments and may host another discussion with stakeholders to review draft rules and topics if needed. After all the public meetings, ODOE will review comments, post an updated version of draft rules on its websit​e, and schedule a public hearing for late December. ODOE plans for the rule changes to be effective Jan. 1, 2017. 

20 Oct 2016Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2016
10:45 a.m..*

Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room 

Call-in Option:
1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235 

Webinar:
www.connectmeeting.att.com, Meeting #213‐​270‐2124, Access Code: 3125235 

*ODOE is participating in the Great Oregon Shake-out at 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2016. To accommodate the time needed for this drill, ODOE moved back the start of the RETC meeting to 10:45 a.m.

Meeting Materials:

MEETING PURPOSE 

The Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program sunsets at the end of tax year 2017. To prepare for the sunset and ensure applicants understand the impact of the sunset, the Oregon Department of Energy will discuss application timelines, possible changes to program rules, and seek feedback from stakeholders about program operation. ODOE will post materials on its rulemaking website prior to the meeting. At the meeting, program staff will review:

  • ​Program sunset timelines
  • Reducing the solar photovoltaic incentive based on market conditions
  • Updating the tax credit calculation for solar thermal domestic water and swimming pool heating systems
  • Updating requirements for third-party installed systems
  • Adding an incentive tier for storage gas water heater devices

BACKGROUND

The Oregon Department of Energy hosted two solar photovoltaic stakeholder public meetings in August to gather input on reducing the incentive rate and one solar thermal stakeholder public meeting in April to gather input on the tax credit calculation for those systems. Materials from those meetings can be found on this page.

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE

Following this public meeting, ODOE will review comments and host another discussion with stakeholders to review draft rules. The next meeting is planned for 10:30 a.m. on November 3 at ODOE’s office in Salem, with a webinar and 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 late December. ODOE plans for the rule changes to be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

23 Aug 2016Solar Photovoltaic Residential Energy Tax Credit Public Meetings

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – 10:30 a.m. (Salem)

Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room

Call-in number: 1-888-273-3658; access code: 3125235


Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – 1:30 p.m. (Portland)

Oregon Department of Transportation
123 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
Main Floor A & B Conference Room

Call-in number: 1-888-273-3658; access code: 3125235


MEETING PURPOSE

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will hold two public meetings to gather stakeholder feedback about potential changes to the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program, for solar photovoltaic systems.

Each year, ODOE reviews market conditions that influence and affect the level of the residential solar photovoltaic tax credit, as provided for in ORS 316.116(2)(e)(A). The review may result in a change to the incentive rate (dollar per watt of installed output) issued to eligible solar photovoltaic systems in 2017. At the initial two meetings, ODOE staff will discuss the review underway and seek input from stakeholders.

The RETC program sunsets at the end of tax year 2017. In future stakeholder meetings, ODOE will discuss the timeframe for submitting applications prior to the program’s sunset.

To provide feedback, please attend or call in to one of the meetings, or email Elizabeth Ross at elizabeth.ross@oregon.gov​.


August 2016: Solar PV Meeting Materials and Notes


FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE

Following the August meetings, ODOE will review comments and create draft rules for discussion at a follow-up advisory committee meeting planned for this fall. The follow-up advisory committee meeting will also include a discussion of the RETC program’s sunset date and timeframe for submitting applications prior to the sunset.

After the fall advisory committee meeting, ODOE will review new comments and post an updated draft of the rules. During a public hearing also planned for the fall, stakeholders may comment on the updated draft rules. The public hearing will be the final opportunity for comment before ODOE files final rules. ODOE plans for the rules to be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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​​SB 1507 Implementation
  
  
02 Jun 2016Permanent Rules Filed for Residential Energy Tax Credits - SB 1507

​The Oregon Department of Energy filed permanent rules for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program. The rule amendments are effective June 2, 2016.

The permanent RETC rule update implements SB 1507 (2016). SB 1507 limits the amount a taxpayer using a RETC incentive may claim per device to $1,500 a year, except for alternative fuel devices. This change will affect the solar thermal domestic water heating and the solar thermal swimming pool device tax credits; these were the only RETC incentives over $1,500 that did not have an annual claiming limit starting in 2016. Prior to SB 1507, ORS 316.116 already limited alternative fuel device tax credits to $750.

SB 1507 changes will apply to alternative energy devices certified on or after January 1, 2016, and to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016.

Permanent Rules (effective June 2, 2016)
RETC 2016 Tax Credit Rate Chart
Permanent Rule (changes tracked)
Permanent Filing Forms
Hearing Officer Report

31 May 2016SB1507 Public Hearing

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
2 p.m..

Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room

Call-in Option:1-888-273-3658 Access code: 3125235

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. (close of business) on Tuesday, May 31, 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 rules to be effective upon the effective date of SB 1507, June 2, 2016.

BACKGROUND

The Oregon Department of Energy is updating rules for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program, implementing SB 1507 (2016) sections 4 and 5. SB 1507 places a $1,500 a year claiming limit for all Residential Energy Tax Credits, except for alternative fuel devices. ODOE plans for these rules to be effective when SB 1507 is effective in June 2016.

This meeting will also include a discussion about using the Total Solar Resource Fraction (TSRF) when calculating a Residential Energy Tax Credit for installing solar thermal domestic water and swimming pool heating systems. TSRF measures the amount of useable solar energy at a site, accounting for shading and collector tilt and orientation.

During a 2015 rulemaking, ODOE removed TSRF from the tax credit calculation for September 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016 for solar thermal domestic water heating. The rule left TSRF as part of the calculation for 2017 and beyond. The 2015 rulemaking added TSRF as part of the calculation for solar thermal swimming pool heating devices beginning in 2017.

ODOE committed to collecting data and working with stakeholders to discuss the tax credit calculations for solar thermal systems in relation to first-year energy savings. This meeting is the first of these discussions. Based on these discussions and further analysis, ODOE may amend the RETC rules effective January 1, 2017.

05 Apr 2016SB1507 Advisory Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
2 p.m..

Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room

Call-in Option:1-888-273-3658, Access code: 3125235

The Oregon Department of Energy invites stakeholders to participate in an advisory committee meeting to review proposed draft rules for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program implementing SB 1507 (2016) sections 4 and 5. SB 1507 places a $1,500 a year claiming limit for all Residential Energy Tax Credits, except for alternative fuel devices. ODOE plans for these rules to be effective when SB 1507 is effective in June 2016.

This meeting will also include a discussion about using the Total Solar Resource Fraction (TSRF) when calculating a Residential Energy Tax Credit for installing solar thermal domestic water and swimming pool heating systems. TSRF measures the amount of useable solar energy at a site, accounting for shading and collector tilt and orientation.

During a 2015 rulemaking, ODOE removed TSRF from the tax credit calculation for September 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016 for solar thermal domestic water heating. The rule left TSRF as part of the calculation for 2017 and beyond. The 2015 rulemaking added TSRF as part of the calculation for solar thermal swimming pool heating devices beginning in 2017.

ODOE committed to collecting data and working with stakeholders to discuss the tax credit calculations for solar thermal systems in relation to first-year energy savings. This meeting is the first of these discussions. Based on these discussions and further analysis, ODOE may amend the RETC rules effective January 1, 2017

Meeting Materials

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Resources
For more information or to provide comments, contact:

Michael Williams
Incentives Program Manager
503-378-6508

Deby Davis
RETC Lead Worker
503-378-8351

Elizabeth Ross
Rulemaking Coordinator
503-378-8534​

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1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.​​​​​
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