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PUC releases report on state pilot solar incentive

The Public Utility Commission of Oregon released a report Tuesday, July 1 examining the state’s pilot “feed-in-tariff” solar program, and evaluated it alongside other solar subsidies in Oregon.

The 47-page document comes after the 2013 Oregon Legislature requested the commission research the effectiveness of solar incentive programs in the state and potentially make recommendations for the future.

While the PUC report did not make any recommendations to alter existing programs, staff members plan to hold workshops to allow stakeholders to get involved and discuss steps moving forward.

The function of the report was to investigate the cost and benefits of the programs and provide technical assistance to the legislature so they can decide any future policy, says PUC spokesman Bob Valdez.

Members representing citizens, the city, utility companies, solar advocates as well as the commission are expected to attend the workshops, which have yet to be scheduled.

To read the full report: www.puc.state.or.us/electric_gas/Solar%20Report%202014.pdf.

Stefanie Donahue can be reached at 503-546-5137 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on Twitter at StefLDonahue