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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Business Energy Efficiency Rebate for Existing Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/19/2014
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Building Insulation, Motors, Custom/Others pending approval, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Data Center Equipment, Food Service Equipment, Unit Heaters, Radiant Heaters, Lodging Equipment, LED Lighting, Grocery Store Display Cases, Tankless Water Heaters
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, State Government, Institutional, Data Centers, Multifamily
Amount:Air Conditioners Units: $180 - $750, varies by size and efficiency
Heat Pumps: $120 - $300, varies by type and size
HVAC Unit Heater: $1.50/kBtu/hr in
Warm-Air Furnace: $3/kBtu/hr in
Radiant Heating: $6.50-$10/kBtu/hr in
Insulation: $0.30 per sq ft
Water Heaters: $2 - $2.50/kBtu/hr in, varies by type
Boilers: $4.00/kBtu/ hr in
Boiler Vent Damper: $1,000
Steam Traps: $100
Lodging and Foodservice Equipment: $3-$1,300, depending on appliance
Display Cases: $2 - $150, depending on feature
Lighting/Lighting Controls: $2-$400/unit;
Server Virtualization: $350 per server decommissioned (10 server minimum)
PC Power Management: $10 per license (20 desktop minimum)
Compressed Air Systems: $0.25/annual kWh or $1.50-$60, depending on unit
Commercial Clothes Washers: $200-$300 per unit
Custom Measures: 35%-50% of the total approved cost
Maximum Incentive:$500,000 per site, per year
Equipment Requirements:Minimum efficiency levels for all equipment is available on program web site
Funding Source:Public Benefits Fund
Web Site:

Energy Trust of Oregon offers incentives for commercial and institutional customers of any of the state's investor owned utilities to increase the energy efficiency of their existing buildings. The standard incentive program provides prescriptive rebates for the retrofit of electric motors, insulation, water heaters, lighting equipment, and HVAC equipment, as well as equipment specific to data centers, grocery stores, and the food service and lodging industries. For more information on incentives specific to different industries, see the Energy Trust web site. Projects must be pre-approved before making any equipment purchases or initiating any work. Business customers retrofitting existing buildings through measures not covered under the standard incentive program can still receive financial assistance from Energy Trust through the custom incentive program. Restrictions and limitations apply to customers who use over one average megawatt per year and are subject to the Self-Direct policy.

A limited bonus incentive is currently available for cooler doors over open refrigeration display cases. Equipment installed between March 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014, is eligible for the standard incentive of $150 per linear foot, plus an additional $50 per linear foot. More information is available here.

Both custom and prescriptive incentives for existing buildings are capped at $500,000 per site per year. To receive Energy Trust incentives, the business must be served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas in Oregon, and it must be paying the public purpose surcharge.

  Existing Buildings Program
Energy Trust of Oregon
621 SW Morrison Street, Suite 550
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (866) 368-7878
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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