2013 ORS § 469.634¹
Contributions for urban and community forest activities by customers of investor-owned utilities
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(1) The Public Utility Commission of Oregon by rule shall establish a system to allow customers of investor-owned utilities to voluntarily contribute an amount that is to be used for urban and community forest activities within the area served by the utility. The amount shall be in addition to the customers utility bill. Investor-owned utilities may choose to use the system established by the commission.

(2) The utility shall pay to the State Forester the amount designated under subsection (1) of this section. The State Forester shall deposit the moneys collected under this section into the Urban and Community Forestry Subaccount established under ORS 526.060 (State Forestry Department Account).

(3) The State Forester shall use the moneys collected under this section for urban and community forest activities. The State Forester by rule, in consultation with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon and local utilities, shall establish guidelines to distribute moneys collected under this section through the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program. The guidelines shall include a requirement that moneys are distributed for energy conservation, by means of tree plantings, care and maintenance.

(4) A utility shall not use more than 16 percent of the moneys collected under this section for administrative expenses. The State Forester shall not use more than 16 percent of the moneys collected under this section for administrative expenses.

(5) As used in this section, urban and community forest activities means activities that promote cost-effective energy conservation. These activities may include the planting, managing and maintaining of residential, street and park trees on public and private land. [1993 c.388 §2]