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Energy in Oregon

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was introduced into Congress by Representative​ Peter DeFazio on June 4, 2021. Following months of negotiations, the bill ​passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Presiden​t Joe Biden on November 15, 2021. The law authorizes $1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending across more than 380 federal programs. Of that, approximately $650 billion reauthorizes existing funding, and another $550 billion adds new funding to support the nation's infrastructure needs. The White House has developed a guidebook for IIJA funding
President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law on August 16, 2022. The IRA funds investments related to health and medical programs as well as energy and climate programs using various tax measures and grants. The IRA provides approximately $369 billion in funding in support of energy and climate initiatives. The White House released a Guidebook for Clean Energy and Climate Programs in the Inflation Reduction Act. The guidebook contains a profile sheet on each funding opportunity under the IRA. You can view and downl​oad the IRA​ guide here.​

Not all of the energy and climate-related funding referenced above will flow through state energy offices like ODOE. There are numerous 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 funding, 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.  

Specific Funding Information
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​​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. 
​ODOE was awarded funding for grid resilience activities under the IIJA on June 30, 2023. The program narrative, as accepted with the application to the U.S. DOE, can be viewed here​. As the state is required to pass 95% of this funding through to eligible entities, ODOE is in the process of developing the sugrant application now. ODOE recently sought out feedback on the draft criteria for hte subgrants, and is now reviewing that feedback to help inform the final criteria. The intent is to fund projects that will have the greatest community benefits while addressing the most pressing grid resilience needs. ​ODOE will share details about the subgrant application in the coming months. 

​See the U.S. DOE’s grid resilience fact sheet for Oregon​ and learn more on the program page​.
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 November 21, 2023 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. We anticipate a secondary announcement for additional competitive funding to be available in the coming months as well.
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​.
On July 31, 2023, ODOE submitted an application to the U.S. DOE for EECBG formula funds. ODOE anticipates receiving $1.9 million in state funding, of which at least 60 percent will be subgranted to local governments who are not eligible for a direct federal award. Considering feedback from outreach meetings and the public listening session held on April 25, 2023, ODOE identified several priority project categories. While the following project categories were identified in the application and require approval from U.S. DOE, eligible communities should generally consider energy-efficiency projects in the following categories: building audits & retrofits; building efficiency & electrification campaigns; energy savings performance contracts; solar & storage – power purchase agreements and direct ownership; electric vehicles for municipal fleets; and EV charging infrastructure for the community. While awaiting a response from U.S. DOE, ODOE will begin to design an application for subgrant opportunities. ODOE will share details about the subgrant application in the coming months. ​
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.​
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. ODOE is planning for these programs to determine how these rebates will best work with other programs in Oregon and to determine eligibility or potential rebate amounts for any individual or household. While it is likely that the HOMES rebates will be retroactive, the state must still develop policies around eligibility, which must subsequently be approved by the U.S. DOE. Additionally, the HEAR rebates will not be retroactive, as per federal statute. Although the application is not due until January 31, 2025, ODOE will prioritize rapidly deploying this program, while ensuring a thorough and efficient implementation design. ODOE recently was awarded early access to a portion of the programs' administrative funding, which will help ODOE build capacity and fund work towards program development.

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.

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. 

In the future, when ODOE-led components begin, we will provide updates on those specific actions.
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

Solar for All is focused on providing benefits from solar energy to low-income households and disadvantaged communities. The grant funds can support financial assistance to individual households for solar and storage technology, as well as the enabling upgrades necessary to install solar technology on the residence. The program can support various aspects of solar technology, including community solar programs, workforce development and high-quality jobs, and supporting critical facilities that serve low-income 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. The agency submitted its Notice of Intent to US EPA on July 28, 2023 and received legislative approval to apply for the grant prior to the submission deadline of October 12 , 2023 with our request totaling more than $138 million. 

More details are available on ODOE's Solar For All program page.
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 (TREC) 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. 
​​ODOE expects to have an opportunity to apply for an additional grant specifically seeking to grow the workforce needed to assist with energy projects. Under the IIJA, there is an opportunity anticipated for training energy auditors. On November 14, 2023 the U.S. DOE released a Notice of Intent​ to issue the funding opportunity for this program sometime in December 2023. At this time, ODOE is learning more about energy workforce needs and opportunities to determine high-need areas while we await the funding opportunity announcement for this forthcoming grant from U.S. DOE.​​
Tax Incentives

There are numerous federal 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:


​Meeting Materials
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