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Energy in Oregon

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Congress passed two major pieces of legislation related to investments in energy and climate​, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jo​bs Act (IIJA)​ in 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) ​in 2022. Billions of dollars are available to states to develop and provide new programs, including energy incentives.​​​
In addition to providing federal funds to state governments like Oregon for infrastructure, energy, and climate programs and initiatives, there are also programs available to applicants from private businesses, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, utilities, tribes, and local governments directly from federal agencies. ​Oregon Department of Energy staff are available to answ​er questions about this funding and encourages Oregonians to research and take advantage of opportunities that may support programs and projects in Oregon.

ODOE has developed a​ tracking spreadsheet (opens in Excel) of energy-related funding opportunities through the IIJA and IRA. You'll find columns for program type, eligible recipients, available f​unding, relevant links, and more. ​We'll update the spreadsheet weekly with the latest information​ and highlight changes from the previous week in yellow – links will be checked monthly.  

ODOE has also developed a timeline (subject to change) of the various programs that may be coming to Oregon:​



Specific Funding Information
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​Status: ODOE Awarded

In May 2023, ODOE received an award of $5,664,180 under the State Energy Program available for the next five years. The State Energy Program funds will support work at ODOE related to energy security, clean energy, energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainable transportation. 

One of the specific projects to be completed with IIJA SEP funds is an update to the State Energy Security Plan. More information on this project can be found on the Energy Security Plan program page.​
​​​Status: Awarded, ODOE Program Launched
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Learn more on the program page​.

Status: Application Open​

Formula Funds: The U.S. DOE has issued the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document for the Latest and Zero Building Energy Code Adoption under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Through the IRA, Congress appropriated $1 billion to support states and local governments in the effort to improve new and existing residential and commercial buildings, increase energy efficiency, and workforce training.  This announcement makes available $400 million in formula funding. However, there are very targeted code specifications required to access these funds. The entity with the authority to adopt codes must submit a Letter of Intent by January 31, 2024 if an application is to be considered in the future. In Oregon, that entity is the Building Codes Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. ODOE is coordinating closely with the Building Codes Division to assess the opportunity and prepare a Letter of Intent.  ​

Competitive Funds: On December 18, 2023, U.S. DOE released the Funding Opportunity Announcement making available up to $530 million in competitive funding available to states, territories, and units of local governments. Applicants may propose projects that “adopt and implement the latest building energy codes, zero energy building codes, or equivalent codes or standards" across three topic areas. For the first round of funding, concept papers are due February 9, 2024 and full applications are due April 30, 2024. ODOE and the Building Codes Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services are coordinating closely to plan for this opportunity. Local governments interested in this opportunity can learn more on the U.S. DOE's program page.

​Status: Pending Award Negotiations

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Pacific Northwest H2 Association (PNWH2) was one of seven proposed Hydrogen Hubs selected for award negotiations in October 2023. The PNWH2 Hydrogen Hubs project is expected to bring up to $1 billion in federal money to the region to fund projects that accelerate the transition to clean hydrogen energy production and use, as well as create potentially thousands of jobs across many trades. Learn more on the PNWH2 website​.

​Status: Program Launched, ODOE Accepting Applications

Program details and applicaton materials are available on the EECBG ​program page​

Coordinating with the State and adjacent communities is a requirement of the EECBG program. Local communities who received a direct allocation can communicate their program plans to ODOE here.

Status: Pending

On December 19, 2022, the U.S. DOE opened the application for competitive funding under the Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation grant, authorized as part of IIJA. While ODOE was not a primary applicant, we provided letters of commitment for two applications which could benefit Oregonians, through different approaches if awarded. Both applications were submitted in late March to U.S. DOE and both applications were selected for award and are still under negotiation.

One application, led by ASHRAE, will develop and deliver comprehensive energy code training to building officials as part of a partnership between ODOE, Oregon Building Codes Division, other states, NASEO, ASHRAE, and ICC.

The other application, led by Earth Advantage, will examine pathways to support the adoption of Building Performance Standards in Oregon. Other members of the application included the New Buildings Institute, City of Eugene, City of Milwaukie, and City of Portland.​
​​Status: Pending

On July 27, 2023, the Home Energy Performance-Based, Whole-House Rebates (HOMES) and the High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Program (HEEHR or HEAR) guidance was released by the U.S. DOE. These two programs will provide single-family and multifamily households with varying discounts for efficiency upgrades and rebates on high-efficiency home appliances and equipment. Although the application is not due until January 31, 2025, ODOE applied for both programs on March 27, 2024 and will prioritize rapidly deploying this program, while ensuring a thorough and efficient implementation design. The applications for these programs are the first of many steps necessary to launch these programs in Oregon (read the draft HOMES and HEAR​ submitted narratives for more information). While ODOE awaits U.S. DOE’s review of its applications, ODOE will continue developing implementation blueprints, as well as creating a Request for Proposals for an implementer to deliver rebates in consumer-owned utility and Idaho Power service territories. Energy Trust of Oregon has been selected to deliver rebates in investor-owned utility service territory and will partner with ODOE to finalize program determinations.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions and answers about these programs. We will update this document as we have new information to share.

In the meantime, federal tax credits may be available for energy efficiency upgrades. Please consult a licensed tax professional for how these tax credits may apply to your circumstances. Interested in a program that isn't listed here? Please sign up for email updates, and as we receive information about new opportunities, we will send out communications. There are many details to these new programs that have not yet been released by federal agencies.

Status: Pending

In April 2023, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, in partnership with ODOE and other agencies, submitted an application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a planning grant under the Climate Pollution Reduction Fund. This planning grant will support the establishment of Priority Climate Action Plans and Comprehensive Climate Action Plans. To learn more about the application and how you can be involved, please see DEQ's webpage for The Climate Pollution Planning Grant. You can also read about the opportunities the Climate Pollution Reduction Fund provides for Oregon in a new release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 


More information on ODOE's effort to develop a State Energy Strategy, which is part of the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan, is described on the program page for the State Energy Strategy.

Status: Application Open

In September 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Funding Opportunity Announcements for the general competition and the Tribes and Territories competition. ODOE is reviewing this information and considering options. Other levels of governments are eligible to apply as well. Interested parties can find the announcements on the EPA's website: CPRG Implementation Grants | US EPA

​Status: Oregon Awarded $86.6 Million

Solar for All is focused on providing benefits from solar energy to low-income households and disadvantaged communities. The Oregon Solar for All Coalition applied for this competitive funding as part of a coalition application, with ODOE serving as the coalition lead. Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Environmental Foundation are coalition members in this application.  On April 22, 2024, U.S. EPA announced awardees, including $86.6 Million for Oregon.

More details are available on ODOE's Solar For All program page.
Status: Pending

​Related to the Home Energy Rebates through the IRA, an additional allocation of federal formula funds has been made available to the state through Training for Residential Energy Contractors to aid in workforce development. ODOE applied for these funds on November 17, 2023 to help prepare for the workforce that will be needed to support the influx of home energy upgrades that will be made possible through the Home Energy Rebates program. In its application, ODOE proposed the development of a program that makes subgrants available to entities that will reduce the cost of training contractor employees; provide access to workforce development tools for contractors such as testing and certification; and partner with community organizations to implement an equitable state program (read more in our submitted program narrative​). ODOE’s share of the formula grant is $2,028,480 and will now await U.S. DOE’s review of the proposal. 
​Status: Application Open​

Under the IIJA, there is an opportunity for training energy auditors, and on December 20, 2023 the U.S. DOE released the funding opportunity announcement for this program. Program funds can be used to offer auditor training certifications in two topic areas – residential and commercial energy auditors. On March 22, 2024 ODOE submitted two concept papers that focus on the need for investment in residential and commercial energy auditors, in an effort to grow the workforce needed to assist with energy projects. U.S. DOE will review concept papers and encourage full applications from strong project concepts. If encouraged to apply, full applications for this competitive program are due on July 12, 2024.
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Tax Incentives

There are numerous federa​l tax credits available under the Inflation Reduction Act. These tax credits may be available for individual consumers who make qualifying purchases (see 25C Non-Business Energy Property/Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit and 25 D Residential Clean ​Energy Credit) and programs for businesses (see the 179D Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction and the 45L Energy Efficient Home Credit). 

You can also use the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency® to search for incentives by a wide range of criteria.

We recommend you consult with a licensed tax professional for information which pertains to your specific circumstances.  ​


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Public Engagement Opportunities

ODOE is working to request funding as new opportunities arise. Please check back frequently for updates for individual programs.

If you would like to sign up to receive email updates related to these activities, please subscri​be to our Federal Funding updates list.


Meeting Details:

Date/Time

​Meeting Materials
​Grid Resilience Public Q&A 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024​
2 - 3​ p.m.

Join meeting via Webex 
Webinar password: grid
Webinar number: 2336 283 8214
Or
Join by phone: 408-418-9388
Access code: 233 628 38214

​Materials coming soon.
Grid Resilience Grant Program Webinar: Overview of Round 1 Subgrant Opportunity Open for Utiliti​es to Apply for Grid Resilience Funding 


Wednesday, April 17, 2024
2 - 3 p.m.

Meeting Recording
​​Grid Resilience Grant Program Public Hearing
Review Program Narrative for Additional USDOE Award
March 21, 2024
11 a.m.

Meeting Recording

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Informational Webinar
March 20, 2024
1 - 2 p.m.

Meeting Recording
​Meeting Presentation​
​Home Energy Rebates Update Webinar
March 6, 2024
3 p.m.

Meeting Recording​
Webinar Presentation
Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates Deep Dive
October 11, 2023

2 – 4 p.m. PT

Meeting Recording
Home Efficiency Rebates Deep Dive
October 10, 2023
2 – 4 p.m. PT

Meeting Recording

Home Energy Rebates Kick-Off
October 4, 2023
2 - 3:30 p.m. PT

Meeting Recording

Webinar: ​Solar for All (SFA) Overview

August 8, 2023
2:30-4​:30 p.m.

Meeting Recording

​U.S. Department of Agriculture

Webinars on Inflation Reduction Act Programs to Advance Clean Energy Initiatives in Rural America

June – August 2023
Multiple Webinars


Eastern Oregon Open House on Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
10 a.m. - noon

Meeting Recording​
​Western Oregon Open House on Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
10 a.m. - noon

Meeting Recording

ODOE Webinar: Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program Listening Session

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 ​

Meeting Recording​

Weigh in with your suggestions on EECBG funding on our online portal by April 28.

U.S. Department of Energy Informational Webinar on the Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas Program

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Register Here
More details​
​Public Hearing​: Grid Resilience Funding

Wednesday, March 15, 2023


​​​ODOE Webinar: Federal Funding Update

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
2 - 3:30 p.m.​

Meeting Recording

U.S. Department of Energy Public Roundtable on The Inflation Reduction Act Residential Energy Rebates and Contractor Training Programs 

January 12, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

Register Here
The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting a roundtable open to the public to inform plans for the home energy rebate programs and contractor training funds. 


​Virtual Workshop for Oregon Stakeholders: Regional Cl​ean Hydrogen Hubs

Friday, September 16, 2022
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​​

Meeting Recording​

​​Public Hearing on Application for Federal Funding to Enhance 
Oregon's Grid Resilience

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 2 p.m.


IIJA Informational Webinar

Wednesday, July 20​, 2022
6 - 7 p.m.

Meeting Recording​

IIJA Informational Webinar

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
1 - 2 p.m.

Meeting Recording

Workforce Development & Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities

March 16, 2022



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