Energy in Oregon

Senate Bill 1149 ​directed Oregon's two largest utilities, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, to collect a public purpose charge from their customers to fund energy conservation and renewable projects in the state. However, large electric consumer sites that used over 8,760,000 kWh in the prior year may be eligible for the Large Electric Consumer Public Purpose Program, also known as the Self-Direct Program, which allows them to self-direct the conservation and renewable portions of their public purpose charge rather than pay the utility directly.

See 2021 Legislative Updates.

How it Works

The Oregon Department of Energy reviews applications and approves sites that meet eligibility criteria to become Self-Direct consumers. Certified sites can submit conservation and renewable project applications to ODOE through the interactive LECPPP website. ODOE staff review applications and pre-certify eligible conservation or renewable project applications. Sites then spend their own funds to build pre-certified projects. Once the project is complete, they submit an application for credit to ODOE. ODOE reviews and approves the eligible project costs, which include a small fee paid to ODOE for program administration. Certified project costs are then added to the conservation or renewable credit balance, and the credits do not expire.

Each month when a site has a conservation and renewable credit balance, they can offset the monthly conservation and renewable portion of the Public Purpose Charge, meaning they do not pay the utility that portion of the PPC. The available credit balance is reduced by the monthly conservation and renewable offset amount. Certified conservation projects and Green Tags, also known as Renewable Energy Certificates, increase the site credit while monthly offsets reduce them.  

See the Administrat​ive Rules  for more information.

Consumers using this program can certify sites and projects using our interactive online database: 


LECPPP Rulemaking

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