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Biopower

If your municipal facility or business manages organic waste, you might be able to produce biogas and generate renewable electricity.

  • Water resource recovery facilities: Water resource recovery facilities can use anaerobic digestion to treat municipal wastewater and generate renewable energy.
  • Dairies: Dairies and farms can convert manure to biogas to generate clean energy to power operations.
  • Food waste: Food waste from restaurants, hospitals, food processors and breweries is readily convertible to biogas to power operations and reduce operations costs.
  • Wood waste: Wood processing produces large amounts of wood waste with little commercial demand. This material can be used to produce steam and generate renewable electricity.
  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    To be eligible for an Energy Trust incentive, a biopower project must:

    1. Be less than 20 megawatts in nameplate capacity (maximum rated output).
    2. Be located in the service territory of, or deliver power to, Portland General Electric or Pacific Power in Oregon.
  2. Give us a call.

    If you think you have a biopower opportunity and are interested in using it to generate electricity, contact Dave Moldal at 503.445.2476.

  3. Get the help you need.

    Depending on your project’s complexity, you may need a feasibility study or expert assistance to move through permitting or utility interconnection. Energy Trust may provide up to $200,000 in support for these and other types of project development activities. We can help you identify engineers or other experts with the experience to help.

Project Development Assistance

Energy Trust provides support for expert project development assistance including, but not limited to, grant writing assistance, feasibility studies, final design, permitting, utility interconnection and construction management. We may pay up to 50 percent of the cost of hiring an outside consultant to provide expert assistance for these activities, up to a maximum of $200,000.

Project development assistance forms

  • Form 910E (PDF | Doc): Project Enrollment Application
  • Form 930RF (PDF | Doc): Request for Funding

Installation incentives

Incentive levels are based on a project’s cost in comparison to the market value of the energy produced, called above-market cost. There is no cap or fixed percentage of the amount of above-market costs we will pay. In return for our funding contribution, we ask for a negotiated share of the project’s Renewable Energy Certificates, which are held in trust for the ratepayers who pay the public purpose charge.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

Questions? Need Help? Contact Us.

We are here to help you assess if you might have a viable biopower project and what incentives may be available. Give Dave Moldal a call at 503.445.2476 or send an email to dave.moldal@energytrust.org.

Success Stories

City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant, Gresham

City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant, Gresham

Estimated Annual Savings: $500,000

Cash Incentives: $1,000,000+

Forest Glen Oaks, Dayton

Forest Glen Oaks, Dayton