ORS 469A.132¹
Thermal renewable energy certificates

(1) If a facility that generates electricity using biomass also generates thermal energy for a secondary purpose, the State Department of Energy shall provide that renewable energy certificates must be issued for the generation of the thermal energy. Notwithstanding the definition of “qualifying electricity” in ORS 469A.005 (Definitions) or any other provision of law stating or implying that a renewable portfolio standard may be complied with only through the generation of electricity, renewable energy certificates for thermal energy:

(a) Shall be provided for pursuant to this subsection as part of the system established under ORS 469A.130 (Renewable energy certificates system);

(b) Shall be subject to the same requirements for issuance, transfer and use as all other renewable energy certificates created pursuant to the system established under ORS 469A.130 (Renewable energy certificates system); and

(c) May be used to comply with a renewable portfolio standard if:

(A) The facility that generates the thermal energy for which the renewable energy certificate is issued meets the requirements of ORS 469A.020 (Qualifying electricity) and 469A.135 (Renewable energy certificates that may be used to comply with standards) for the electricity generated using biomass at the facility; and

(B) Consistent with the provisions of ORS 469A.025 (Renewable energy sources) (3), the thermal energy is not generated through the combustion of wood that has been treated with chemical preservatives such as creosote, pentachlorophenol or chromated copper arsenate.

(2) For purposes of issuing renewable energy certificates under this section, 3,412,000 British thermal units are equivalent to one megawatt-hour. [2016 c.28 §16; 2019 c.76 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 469A—Renewable Portfolio Standards, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors469A.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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