Oregon Solar News

OSEIA Adopts Its 2017 Solar Policy Agenda


Back in May 2016, OSEIA kicked off a six-month process where solar industry folks contributed policy ideas and then ranked them. About two dozen specific ideas ended up being thrown into the mix and the ranking reflected the top priorities for the industry.

It’s important to note that the Oregon legislature is going to be dealing with thorny budget issues. Unfortunately, our top priorities involve money. That just means we will have to present a very good case to legislators. And we have a good case to make. Here are our top tier legislative issues...

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RETC Rulemaking Meeting

Residential Energy Tax Credit
Rulemaking Advisory Committee
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.
Webinar: www.connectmeeting.att.com, Meeting #213-270-2124, Access Code: 3125235
Call-in number: 1-888-273-3658; access code: 3125235

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OSEIA Surveys Legislators, the Results Are In


Today is the last day Oregonians can register to vote in the 2016 election! If you haven’t registered, do so here. OSEIA has done some research and we want to share results with you as you consider your votes. The 2017 legislative session has a lot of important topics to discuss. Many topics will impact the solar industry in Oregon and beyond like the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) (set to expire at the end of 2017) and Property Tax Exemption (also set to expire end of 2017). While the Oregon solar industry is growing, it isn’t quite ready to stand alone without support.

The Oregon SolarPAC has been busy across Oregon raising and dispensing of funds. While fundraising has been slower than hoped for, the funds raised thus far have been put to good use, and many of our members can testify to that!

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A Stark Reminder of the Need to Educate Policymakers

The news that Governor Brown publicly proposed ending Oregon's RETC program sent shockwaves through our solar industry last week-- and for a good reason. The RETC program has been run responsibly by Oregon's Dept. of Energy, is functioning well, and is no less than crucial to our solar industry. OSEIA seeks to tell RETC's story every time we meet with policymakers. But often those opportunities occur during brief lobby meetings about pending legislation when the legislature is in session. To increase the number of policymakers who truly understand solar, OSEIA needs to expand the opportunities it has to meet and build relationships with policymakers, ideally outside the time frame of the hectic legislative session. Ultimately, our goal is for the solar industry to build legislative champions to advance the widespread adoption of solar energy in Oregon.

We have work to do! You can help in two ways:
  1. Support our effort to educate policymakers-- contribute to Oregon SolarPAC today.
  2. Help us educate the Governor about RETC by telling us how RETC is important to your business. Please email jeff@oseia.org your story by July 10.
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OSEIA Wants Your RETC Stories


Last week, OSEIA staff alerted us to Gov. Kate Brown’s letter to the Joint Legislative Committee on Oversight of the Oregon Department of Energy. In her letter, she suggested that the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) and some other tax credits be allowed to sunset. Please take a moment to write out a few of your experiences with the RETC. We need your stories to include in communications and lobbying activities over the next few months. You can send your write-up to Jeff Bissonnette at jeff@oseia.org by July 10.

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Policy Update 6/24/16


Maybe it’s the July 4th/Independence Day holiday coming up but the saying from the American Revolution has been on my mind for the past few days. With apologies to Thomas Jefferson (who said “eternal vigilance is the price of freedom”), we’ve learned recently that we need to be ready for anything as we build a stronger solar industry in Oregon.

On June 24, Gov. Kate Brown sent a letter to the Joint Legislative Committee on Oversight of the Oregon Department of Energy that acknowledged the continuing shadow of the now-defunct Business Energy Tax Credit and called for allowing the Residential Energy Tax Credit and some other incentive programs to expire as they are scheduled to at the end of 2017... Read more

RETC SB 1507 Rulemaking and Solar Thermal Meeting


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Residential Energy Tax Credit Advisory Committee

Oregon Department of Energy

625 Marion Street NE

Salem, OR 97301

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2:00 p.m.

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HB 3344: Increases the SHW RETC from $0.60 per annual kWh to $2.00

78th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2015 Regular Session

House Bill 3344

Sponsored by Representatives REARDON, HUFFMAN, Senator DEMBROW; Representatives HOLVEY, WHISNANT, Senator BOQUIST

SUMMARY

The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced. Modifies description of solar photovoltaic power generation facility within definition of “energy facility” for purposes of site certificates issued by Energy Facility Siting Council.

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Solar Thermal Public Meeting

The Oregon Department of Energy will hold a meeting this summer to obtain feedback from anyone interested in potential changes to the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program based on HB 2171.

HB 2171 modifies the RETC program by increasing the incentive rate for solar pool, spa or hot tub systems and solar domestic water heating systems.

Solar Thermal Domestic Water and Pool Heating
Salem: Thursday, July 30, 10 a.m.
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street NE, Salem, OR 97301
Westerberg Room

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