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Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking

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.

Residential Energy Tax Credit Program Rules

 

Public 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

Date:
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
 
Time:
2:00 p.m.
 
Location:
Oregon Department of Energy

550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Meitner 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

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 Friday, December 23, 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 in late December and effective January 1, 2017.

NOTE: To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact ODOE 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. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.

November 14, 2016

Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting

Date:
Monday, November 14, 2016
 
Time:
2:00 p.m..
 
Location:
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
 

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.

November 3, 2016

Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting

Date:
Thursday, November 3, 2016
 
Time:
10:30 a.m..
 
Location:
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

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 website, and schedule a public hearing for late December. ODOE plans for the rule changes to be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

October 20, 2016

Residential Energy Tax Credit Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting

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

For more information or to provide comments, contact: 
Michael Williams, Incentives Program Manager, 503-378-6508, michael.a.williams@oregon.gov 
Deby Davis, RETC Lead Worker, 503-378-8351, deby.s.davis@oregon.gov
Elizabeth Ross, Rulemaking, 503-378-8534, elizabeth.ross@oregon.gov

 
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 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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