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.
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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.

With summer just around the corner, the agency won't have time to get the heat pump deployment and rebate programs up and running before 2022's warmest months. But we'll be working swiftly to get the program launched as soon as possible, including hiring staff to design and run the program, undertake a public rulemaking effort, and create the process for distributing the funds. You can sign up for email updates about the programs and about administrative rulemaking.

In the meantime, ODOE hopes to get the $2 million in funding out the door this year to support the Community Cooling Center program​ 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).