Electricity bills in Oregon include a public purpose charge, which helps fund energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable projects in the state.
The charge collected is equal to 3 percent of the total revenues from electricity services. The funds are allocated five ways:
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The funds collected for conservation projects and renewable resources are usually sent to Energy Trust of Oregon
to help fund conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy projects.
Self-Direction: Large Electric User Public Purpose Program
Large electric consumers using more than one megawatt (on average) per year may be eligible to "self-direct" some of the value of the 3 percent public purpose charge.
Large consumers with qualifying energy conservation or renewable energy projects can claim a credit through the Oregon Department of Energy's Large Electric Consumer Public Purpose Program (LECPPP). That credit is then used to offset the conservation or renewable resources portion of the public purpose charge on their electric bills.