In response to the heat dome event of 2021, during which at least 100 Oregonians died of heat-related illness — often in their own homes — the legislature passed
SB 1536 in 2022 to bring much-needed heat relief.
SB 1536 directed ODOE to:
- Develop a $10 million heat pump deployment program
- Create a $15 million grant/rebate program for installation of heat pumps by landlords
- Fund a $2 million grant for a Community Cooling Center program for extreme heat events
- Conduct a Cooling Needs Study to identify existing cooling — as well as barriers to cooling access — in government-supported housing.
ODOE is working to get these programs launched as soon as possible
, including hiring staff to design and run the program, undertaking a public rulemaking effort, and creating the process for distributing the funds. You can
sign up for email updates
about the programs and about administrative rulemaking.
In the meantime, ODOE has issued $2 million in funding to support the Cooling Space Initiative through
Energy Trust of Oregon
. Other programs may also be available to you, listed under RESOURCES to the right (or below, if viewing on a mobile device).
ODOE held two virtual public meetings in September 2022 to gather input on designing the agency’s new heat pump incentive programs. These meetings precede the formal administrative rulemaking process for both the Community Heat Pump Deployment Program and the Oregon Rental Home Heat Pump Program, and give members of the public an opportunity to inform program design early in the implementation process.