Large Electric Consumer Public Purpose Program (LECPPP)

July 27, 2021


Oregon's 1999 electric-utility restructuring legislation (SB 1149) required Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) to collect a 3% public purpose charge from their customers to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Large electric consumers may be eligible to direct a portion of their public purpose charge for conservation projects and renewable energy resources on qualified sites.

To qualify, consumers must use over one average megawatt or 8,760,000 kilowatt hours a year. The site must either be metered through a single meter or be contiguous (buildings within 1,000 feet of each other). The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) must certify the site eligibility for an initial application, and re-certify the site annually. 

Large consumers may self-direct their public purpose charges for either conservation projects or renewable power purchases. ODOE will review conservation projects and certify their eligibility and costs before authorizing credits against the public purpose charge. If an audit verifies that the consumer has completed all cost-effective conservation measures, ODOE will grant a waiver of up to 54 percent of all public purpose charges owed. If an audit indicates conservation projects remain at the site, the consumer must pay public purpose charges equal to the estimated cost of the uncompleted project, then it may receive credits up to the 54 percent allowed. For renewable resource purchases, the consumer is eligible for credits against renewable electricity purchased at above market cost.

ODOE maintains an active website for large electricity consumers to apply to self-direct their public purpose charge, monitor monthly credits, and view related reports. See the program's administrative rules for more information.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Public Benefits Fund
Web Site:
Administrator: Oregon Department of Energy
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Landfill Gas
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
  • Anaerobic Digestion
Types: Renewable power, conservation measures
Charge: PGE and Pacific Power must collect charges equal to 3% of total revenues


Name: SB 1149
Date Enacted: 07/23/1999
Effective Date: 07/23/1999
Name: OAR 330-140


Name: Marty Stipe
Organization: Oregon Department of Energy
Address: 625 Marion Street NE
Salem OR 97301
Phone: (503) 378-4926

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.