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									  House Sustainability & Economic Development Committee
                        Salem, Oregon




  Implementing HB 3039’s
Feed-in Tariff Pilot Programs


           Lee Sparling, Utility Program Director
            Oregon Public Utility Commission
                    November 17, 2009
          HB 3039 – Key Provisions
• Feed-in tariff for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems
    –   Pilot programs to test cents/kWh payments for solar PV output
    –   New, permanent systems smaller than 500 kW are eligible
    –   Participants not eligible for state tax credits or Energy Trust incentives
    –   Pilots to start by 4-1-2010
    –   25 MW total for PGE, PacifiCorp and Idaho Power by 3-31-2015
    –   Utility gets the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
    –   PUC to report to Legislature on program effectiveness and cost impact


• Capacity standard for larger projects
    – Projects between 500 kW and 5 MW
    – 20 MW total for the three IOUs by 2020

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              Process and Schedule
• 3 workshops with stakeholders to date

• 2 proceedings
    – Rulemaking for fixed design elements
    – PUC docket to address ongoing issues (like specific rates)


• Key dates
    –   Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published: 12-1-09
    –   Rulemaking hearing: 1-6-10
    –   Close of comments in rulemaking and PUC dockets: 1-22-10
    –   PUC order: 2-19-10
    –   Pilot programs in effect: 4-1-10
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                       Stakeholders
• PUC staff
• Utilities
• Customer groups
• Public interest groups
• Solar industry
    – OSEIA
    – Manufacturers
    – System vendors/installers

• Energy Trust
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                           Key Issues
• Pricing
    – Prices set for 15 years, resource value paid after that
    – Set prices to make projects economic
    – How to set price?
        • Estimate breakeven payment
        • Maybe use competitive bidding for larger projects
    – What rate categories?
        • Distinguish by project size and location
        • Maybe separate rates for non-profits, reflecting (in)ability to use federal
          tax credit
    – Adjusting rates over time: As needed or automatic?


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                           Key Issues
• Allocating the 25 MW for pilot programs among
  different size projects
    – HB 3039 sets goal of 75% of energy from small-scale projects
        • PUC to define size of “small-scale” by rule
        • PUC can adjust the small-scale size and the percentage goal
    – “Small-scale” definition affects the opportunity for smaller or larger
      projects to participate
    – Allocate capacity to subsets of small- and large-scale projects?
    – Related issue: how quickly to try to reach the 25 MW overall target?




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    Need for Technical Corrections?

• Stakeholders agree: Not at this time

• PUC will report on the need for statutory changes
  before 2011 Legislative session




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