ORS 470.700¹
Use of loan offset grant moneys
  • alternate mechanisms

(1) The State Department of Energy may use loan offset grant moneys for any of the following if, in the absence of the grant moneys, a utility customer would incur higher overall monthly costs when energy costs and small scale local energy project costs are considered:

(a) Offsetting the cost of an approved small scale local energy project.

(b) Reducing the loan repayment burden of an energy efficiency and sustainable technology loan borrower.

(c) Creating a financial incentive for energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy conservation projects that may not result in significant energy cost savings.

(d) Providing support, in coordination with the Oregon Innovation Council or other sustainable energy technology research bodies or companies, for small scale local energy projects that use nontraditional technology.

(2) If a small scale local energy program loan applicant is a person with an income limited as described in ORS 470.650 (Residential small scale local energy projects) (2), the department may use loan offset grant moneys for an optional package or to offset reasonable costs associated with structural improvements that are not included in the base efficiency package, but that are necessary to the proper installation of the base efficiency package.

(3) The Director of the State Department of Energy may investigate and test the feasibility of using mechanisms other than the disbursing of Jobs, Energy and Schools Fund moneys for accomplishing the purposes described in subsection (1) of this section. [2009 c.753 §40; 2011 c.467 §17]

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Notes of Decisions

There is nothing in this chapter which requires the Depart­ment of Energy or its director to recover loans or withhold future loan install­ments for the purpose of compelling compliance by the borrower with the wage and employ­ment condi­tions of state law. State ex rel Building Council v. Bureau of Labor, 61 Or App 22, 656 P2d 325 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 470—Small Scale Local Energy Projects, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors470.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 470, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano470.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information