Latest Energy Efficiency Incentives – Oregon

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency. Energy Trust – New Homes Incentive Program

Last DSIRE Review: 03/17/2011Program Overview: State: Oregon

Incentive Type: State Rebate Program

Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Furnaces , Heat pumps, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Gas Fire Places

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:  Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps

Applicable Sectors: Residential, Builders, Contractors

Amount: Varies based on number of energy efficient measures installed; can range from $125 to $8,400

Equipment Requirements: Equipment receiving incentive must exceed code and equipment receiving incentive must not be used to meet code

Funding Source: Public Benefits Fund

Web Site: hhttp://energytrust.org/trade-ally/programs/n…

Summary:

Energy Trust’s New Homes Program offers builders cash incentives for energy efficient measures included in new homes, where the measures exceed the building code. Lighting upgrades, whole home performance upgrades, higher levels of insulation, high-efficiency equipment, better windows, air sealing and solar systems are eligible for incentives under this offering. The more energy-efficient a home is above code, the more incentives a builder can qualify for. See the program overview for a sample of some of the incentives available.

Most incentives are based on a home’s Energy Performance Score (EPS), a measurement tool that assesses a home’s energy consumption, estimated utility costs and carbon impact. The EPS allows builders to clearly demonstrate how efficient the home is beyond code and helps homebuyers compare homes based on energy costs and efficiency. The EPS can work with any certification, such as ENERGY STAR, Earth Advantage, LEED and Oregon High Performance Homes.

It is recommended that builders contact Energy Trust during the design stage. Energy Trust can assist builders in determining the best energy-efficient building practices for the project and can make recommendations on how to incorporate these measures into the construction process. If the building plans are set or construction has just begun, Energy Trust will provide free project modeling using the home plans.

Energy Trust only offers incentives for homes within Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Northwest Natural, and Cascade Natural Gas service territories in Oregon.

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