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Energy in Oregon

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​During the last two years, Congress has passed two major pieces of legislation related to investments in energy and climate​, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jo​bs Act (IIJA)​ and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).​​​​
​Background

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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 President 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. 

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.

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 answer questions about this funding and encourages Oregonians to research and take advantage of opportunities that may support programs and projects in Oregon.


Specific Funding Information

State Energy Program:
To date, ODOE has received an award of $200,000 under the State Energy Program to assist with improvements to our State Energy Security Plan. ODOE is currently working on our application for the remaining balance of the roughly $5.6 million in funding available under the State Energy Program increase provided by the IIJA. The State Energy Program supports work at ODOE on clean energy, energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainable transportation. ​

Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid (aka Grid Resilience):
ODOE is also working on our application for the state formula funding for Grid Resilience activities under the IIJA. The state application is now due on March 31, 2023. 

ODOE has posted a request for information to help inform development of a new Federal Grid-Resilience Grant Program. The program would provide grants to Oregon electric utilities for grid infrastructure improvement projects and workforce development. The request for information is targeted to Oregon utilities and can be found online on Oregon Buys (Bid # S-33000-00005000)​. ODOE requests responses by December 23, 2022.

Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs:
ODOE plans to apply for federal "hydrogen hub" dollars in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest H2 Association (PNWH2). Concept papers were due to the U.S. DOE on November 7, 2022. Below you can find materials from an informational workshop on Regional Hydrogen Hubs that was held in September.

Revolving Loan Fund:​
The U.S. DOE has release guidance on the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program, available under IIJA Section 40502. The program is designed to support energy audits and the upgrades recommended as a result of those audits to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Grant applications are due in April.  In the months ahead, ODOE will be consulting with other agencies regarding our ability deliver efficient and effective loans and/or limited grants under this program. 

To stay up to date on the latest please sign up for our federal funding email list. 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.

Tax Incentives

There are numerous federal tax incentives 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). If you are interested in learning more about these incentives and credits, you can visit this link hosted by the N.C​. Clean Energy Technology Center for summaries of individual federal clean energy tax incentives.  

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

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 subscribe to our Federal Funding updates list.


Public Feedback Received to Date:

In July 2022, ODOE hosted two webinars sharing general information about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and requesting feedback from the public to shape our guiding priorities as we move forward to implement this new federal funding. You can find recordings of these webinars at the bottom of this page. Here​ you can find some frequently asked questions from the webinars and our responses.

Our guiding priorities, which will be applicable to all federal funding are currently being drafted and will be shared soon. ​

Meeting Details:

Date/Time

​Meeting Materials
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



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