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Oregon Renewable Energy Action Plan April 2005 with Geothermal Energy highlights by Carel DeWinkel Senior Policy Analyst. Oregon Renewable Energy Action Plan. Set long and short term goals for the state Propose Legislative Initiatives

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Oregon Renewable Energy Action Plan April 2005with Geothermal Energy highlightsby Carel DeWinkelSenior Policy Analyst

oregon renewable energy action plan
Oregon Renewable Energy Action Plan
  • Set long and short term goals for the state
  • Propose Legislative Initiatives
  • Coordinate activities between state agencies and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate with West Coast Governors’ Global Warming Initiative and Oregon Governor’s Global Warming efforts
oregon renewable energy action plan why now
Oregon Renewable Energy Action Plan: Why now?
  • Governor’s leadership
  • Availability of cost competitive technology
  • Risks in availability and price of fossil fuels
  • Economic Development and Jobs
  • Environmental Considerations
oregon renewable energy action plan highlights
Oregon Renewable Energy Action Plan: highlights
  • Goal: 10% of electric sales by new renewable capacity by 2015, increasing to 25% by 2025
  • state government purchases of renewables
  • study of RPS versus production based incentives
  • reduce unnecessary barriers for renewables (PURPA, C&RD, interconnection issues, etc.)
  • specific actions on wind, geothermal, solar, small hydro, biomass, biogas, wave energy
oregon renewable energy action plan electricity related highlights
Oregon Renewable Energy Action Plan electricity related highlights:
  • Assess the feasibility and effectiveness of production-based incentives
  • Assess the feasibility of a state Renewable Portfolio Standard and compare it with production-based incentives
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The Oregon Public Utility Commission has investigations underway or may examine for the investor-owned utilities the following:
    • Standards to streamline the interconnection of “small” generators.
    • PURPA: Increasing the size for standard purchase rates, extended contract length, and a standard method for determining avoided costs.
    • How distributed renewable and combined heat and power resources can help meet energy, capacity, distribution and transmission system needs at the lowest cost.
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The Oregon Public Utility Commission has investigations underway or may examine for the investor-owned utilities the following (continued):

    • Backup service for renewable resources and other distributed generators to ensure that costs and benefits are properly reflected in rates and terms.
    • Ways to remove utilities’ disincentives for accommodating independently owned renewable resources and combined heat and power resources.
    • Standard rates and terms for retail customers to use the distribution system to sell power to other customers and marketers.
actions to promote direct use of geothermal energy
Actions to promote direct use of geothermal energy:

The Oregon Department of Energy will:

• Work with the GeoHeat Center in Klamath Falls and others to help HVAC contractors on the benefits of earth-coupled heat pumps and help develop a statewide promotion strategy.

• Work with the GeoHeat Center and others to highlight demonstrations of homes, businesses and public buildings such as schools and correctional facilities using direct geothermal energy in the community.

actions to promote direct use of geothermal energy continued
Actions to promote direct use of geothermal energy (continued):

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, in cooperation with the Departments of Energy, Forestry, and State Lands, will:

    • Work with the GeoHeat Center and others to provide copies of existing maps detailing the geothermal resource potential of Oregon and incorporate additional information into the data base as new information becomes available.
    • Periodically publish updated geothermal resource maps of Oregon as additional data availability and demand require.
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Actions to promote direct use of geothermal energy (continued):

The Oregon Department of Agriculture will:

    • Collaborate with ODOE and agricultural producers in identifying new and expanded uses for geothermal application in agricultural operations, and expand implementation through education, pilot projects, and existing incentive programs.
actions to promote geothermal electricity generation
Actions to promote geothermal electricity generation:

The Renewable Energy Working Group will consider to:

    • Work with the federal government and others to provide a forgivable loan or grant program for drilling exploratory holes.
    • Work with the Energy Trust, the utilities, BPA and others to expedite a Power Purchase Agreement with added incentives based on above-market costs for a 20 MW or larger demonstration project.
    • Review the royalty and tax implications of geothermal production facilities and explore funding means to help promote geothermal development.
    • Help develop a partnership plan between state and federal agencies for further development of projects on federal land or involving federal leases.
actions to promote geothermal electricity generation continued
Actions to promote geothermal electricity generation (continued):

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries will:

        • Sample and analyze waters from wells and springs throughout the state to develop a statewide data base useful to the geothermal industry, to state and federal agencies and research institutions as a valuable component in geothermal resource target evaluation in Oregon, provided funding can be obtained.
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Actions to promote geothermal electricity generation (continued):

The Oregon Department of Energy will:

    • Continue the collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Section of the Geothermal Resources Council regarding geothermal resources within Oregon.
    • Coordinate the Oregon Geothermal Working Group, which is part of USDOE’s “Geo-Powering the West” program.
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Actions to promote geothermal electricity generation (continued):

The Oregon Department of State Lands will:

    • Review and, if necessary, revise its administrative rules governing the exploration for and leasing of geothermal resources to ensure that they are easily understood and usable by persons wanting to conduct these activities on lands administered by the agency.
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How to Reach Us:

Carel C. DeWinkel, Senior Policy Analyst

Conservation Division, Renewables

Phone: (503) 378-6099

Fax: (503) 373-7806

E-mail: carel.dewinkel@state.or.us

Web site: http://egov.oregon.gov/ENERGY/