ORS 469.649
Definitions for ORS 469.649 to 469.659

As used in ORS 469.649 (Definitions for ORS 469.649 to 469.659) to 469.659 (Implementation of program by publicly owned utility):


“Cash payment” means a payment made by the publicly owned utility to the dwelling owner or to the contractor on behalf of the dwelling owner for energy conservation measures.


“Commercial lending institution” means any bank, mortgage banking company, trust company, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, national banking association, federal savings and loan association or federal credit union maintaining an office in this state.


“Cost-effective” means that an energy conservation measure that provides or saves a specific amount of energy during its life cycle results in the lowest present value of delivered energy costs of any available alternative. However, the present value of the delivered energy costs of an energy conservation measure shall not be treated as greater than that of a nonconservation energy resource or facility unless that cost is greater than 110 percent of the present value of the delivered energy cost of the nonconservation energy resource or facility.


“Dwelling” means real or personal property within the state inhabited as the principal residence of a dwelling owner or a tenant. “Dwelling” includes a manufactured dwelling as defined in ORS 446.003 (Definitions for ORS 446.003 to 446.200 and 446.225 to 446.285 and ORS chapters 195, 196, 197, 215 and 227), a floating home as defined in ORS 830.700 (Definitions for ORS 830.060 to 830.140 and 830.700 to 830.870) and a single unit in multiple-unit residential housing. “Dwelling” does not include a recreational vehicle as defined in ORS 174.101 (“Manufactured structure,” “recreational vehicle” defined).


“Dwelling owner” means the person:


Who has legal title to a dwelling, including the mortgagor under a duly recorded mortgage of real property, the trustor under a duly recorded deed of trust or a purchaser under a duly recorded contract for the purchase of real property; and


Whose dwelling receives space heating from the publicly owned utility.


“Energy audit” means:


The measurement and analysis of the heat loss and energy utilization efficiency of a dwelling;


An analysis of the energy savings and dollar savings potential that would result from providing energy conservation measures for the dwelling;


An estimate of the cost of the energy conservation measures that includes:


Labor for the installation of items designed to improve the space heating and energy utilization efficiency of the dwelling; and


The items installed; and


A preliminary assessment, including feasibility and a range of costs, of the potential and opportunity for installation of:


Passive solar space heating and solar domestic water heating in the dwelling; and


Solar swimming pool heating, if applicable.


“Energy conservation measures” means measures that include the installation of items and the items installed to improve the space heating and energy utilization efficiency of a dwelling. These items include, but are not limited to, caulking, weatherstripping and other infiltration preventative materials, ceiling and wall insulation, crawl space insulation, vapor barrier materials, timed thermostats, insulation of heating ducts, hot water pipes and water heaters in unheated spaces, storm doors and windows, double glazed windows and dehumidifiers. “Energy conservation measures” does not include the dwelling owner’s own labor.


“Publicly owned utility” means a utility that:


Is owned or operated in whole or in part, by a municipality, cooperative association or people’s utility district; and


Distributes electricity.


“Residential customer” means a dwelling owner or tenant who is billed by a publicly owned utility for electric service received at the dwelling.


“Space heating” means the heating of living space within a dwelling.


“Tenant” means a tenant as defined in ORS 90.100 (Definitions) or any other tenant. [1981 c.778 §10; 1989 c.648 §67; 1995 c.551 §14; 2003 c.186 §42; 2019 c.422 §35]


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