Oregon hosts many programs to reduce energy consumption and increase renewable energy production in its industrial sector. One of these programs, the Energy Trust of Oregon, currently offers to pay up to half a project’s development cost, up to $200,000.00. The energy trust funds projects involving efficiency enhancements and renewable energy production up to 20 MW, with biomass being an accepted fuel source. The trust also offers rebates based on a project’s total annual kWh savings.
To qualify, applicants must be customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, or Avista and contribute to the public purpose charge.
Companies wishing to receive funds from the energy trust first participate in a Strategic Energy Management assessment, an initiative that identifies opportunities to save energy throughout the operation. Many companies within the wood-processing industry have undergone the evaluation repeatedly to great effect. Boise Cascade’s Kinzua Lumber, for example, has participated in the SEM initiative for 14 years. As a result, it has decreased its annual energy consumption by 4.7 million kWh. Dave Minkler, the maintenance supervisor at the plant, said the initiative had enabled them to “cut energy costs by about $10,000 a month,” savings that keep the mill competitive, he said.
Other businesses in the wood-product industry that have participated in the SEM initiative include Hampton Lumber Mill, Hardwood Industries, Inc., Boise Cascade, Contact Industries, Southport Forest Products, Woodcraft Industries (Woodcraft Industries), and SierraPine Composite Solutions. SierraPine’s success with the program is notable in that SEM identified shortcomings that, once rectified, reduced the company’s energy consumption by 11.3 million kWh per year and lowered annual costs by $588,700.00.
For more information on the Energy Trust of Oregon, visit the program’s website. Other energy-incentive programs in Oregon are listed below.
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Other Energy Programs in Oregon
|Rural Renewable Energy Development Zones||3-5 year exemption from|
local property taxes
|Property with a renewable energy system is eligible for a tax abatement. Abatement caps are set in zones|
around the state.
|PGE Renewable Development Fund (Portland General Electric Co.)||Grant||Grants are available for new energy projects that will produce less than 10 MW of power and which are interconnected to PGE’s grid or delivered to PGE through a power purchase agreement.|
|Blue Sky Community Project Funds|
|Grant, up to 100%|
of capital costs
|Grants are available for new renewable energy systems less than 10 MW and which are connected to PP’s grid.|
|Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs|
Water & Light)
|Rebate and energy loans||Rebates and low-interest loans are available for efficiency improvements to manufacturing equipment and other technologies.|
|Energy Savings Plan Program|
(Springfield Utility Board)
|Rebate on energy costs based on first-year kWh savings||Rebates are available for efficiency improvements to manufacturing equipment and other technologies.|
& Electric Board)
|Rebate on project|
cost up to 70% but
not exceeding $2,500
|Rebates are available for efficiency improvements to manufacturing equipment and other technologies.|