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Event Wrap-up and Information for Members

On June 1st the OAN hosted an event linking members to organizations which assist in sustainable practice implementation. Representatives from the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), and others provided advice, ideas, and incentive opportunities.

Here is key information from the event along with highlighted upcoming incentive deadlines:

  • What if I don’t know where to start with energy savings ideas for my operation? Sign up for the OAN Energy Pilot. It is open for signups on a first come, first served basis; half the slots are already full, so if you are interested, don’t delay.
  • What is the best way to improve my retail lighting? Answer: Talk with a lighting designer / supplier. Energy Trust offers incentives for improved lighting that also saves energy, so make sure to investigate ETO incentives before you begin your project:
  • When does the Energy Trust T-8 lighting “bonus incentive” of $5 per fixture end? Answer: November 1, 2011. So if you’re thinking about making T-12 to T-8 upgrades, this is the year.
  • When does Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) sunset? Answer: As currently planned, to receive a BETC the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) must grant a “final certificate” for a project. ODOE will grant final certificates if a “completed application” is received by April 30, 2012. (Note: They will only grant the final certificate if they approve the project in advance). For energy conservation and renewable energy production facilities, final certification must be received before June 30, 2012.
  • What is the eligibility for REAP grants? Answer: In the past, REAP grants were only available for rural areas. Grants are now available to agricultural producers in urban areas! As long as 50% of your company’s income comes from production of agricultural commodities, you are eligible to receive up to 25% of a proposed project’s cost to purchase renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements, and conduct relevant feasibility studies.
  • What is the deadline for 2011 REAP grants? Answer: June 15, 2011.

If you missed this event and are interested in talking to these groups please contact Whitney Rideout at 503-682-5089 or

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