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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

 

DIVISION 220

ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLE INFRASTRUCTURE ENERGY INCENTIVE PROGRAM

330-220-0000

Applicability of Rules in OAR 330, division 220

These rules implement the incentives program for alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure projects established in ORS 315.336 and ORS 469B.320 to 469B.347. The rules also provide procedures for submission, agency review and selection of alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure projects for preliminary and final certification of tax credits.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0010

Definitions

For the purposes of this division, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Acquisition” means installation or construction of an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project.

(2) “Alternative Fuel” means a motor vehicle fuel, other than petroleum gasoline or diesel, certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for roadway use that results in equivalent or lower exhaust emissions or higher energy efficiency when used. Alternative fuels include electricity, biofuels, hydrogen, hythane, methane, methanol, natural gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), renewable diesel, butanol and other fuels the director allows. Blends of these alternative fuels with conventional fuels will only be considered an alternative fuel under these rules when the concentration of the alternative fuel is 20 percent of the entire volume of the blended fuel or greater. Hydrated fuels must have water content of 10 percent of the entire volume of the blended fuel or greater to be considered eligible as an alternative fuel under these rules.

(3) “Alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project” has the meaning given in ORS 469B.320.

(4) “Applicant” means a person who has applied for or who has received a preliminary certificate for a transportation energy incentives program tax credit.

(5) “Certified cost” means the cost certified in the final certification.

(6) “Cost” means the capital expenditures to acquire, erect, design, build, convert, or install an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project.

(7) “Department” means the Oregon Department of Energy.

(8) “Director” means the director of the department.

(9) “Opportunity period” means the timeframe specified in an Opportunity Announcement for the department to accept applications for alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure projects.

(10) “Qualifying project cost” means the amount of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project’s cost that may be eligible for tax credits.

(11) “Total project cost” means all costs directly associated with an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project, including ineligible costs.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0020

Opportunity Announcement

(1) The department will announce the availability of tax credits for alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure projects by issuing an Opportunity Announcement.

(2) The department will continually monitor the allocation of tax credits to ensure that the total amount of potential tax credits does not exceed the tax credit cap specified in ORS 469B.344.

(3) If the cumulative total of all tax credits awarded under the Opportunity Announcement is less than the total amount of tax credits available, the department may reallocate the balance to a future Opportunity Announcement.

(4) The Opportunity Announcement will include the following information:

(a) Objectives for the opportunity period;

(b) The amount of tax credits available;

(c) Application requirements, as defined in OAR 330-220-0050;

(d) Dates of the application opportunity period;

(e) Instructions and directions to the required application forms and materials;

(f) Minimum technical standards;

(g) The process the department will use to allocate tax credits; and

(h) Other information the department considers necessary.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0030

Preliminary Certification Application

(1) Any person may apply for a preliminary certification by submitting a complete preliminary certification application. The application must meet requirements provided by applicable statutes, these rules and the current Opportunity Announcement.

(a) The application must be in the form specified in the Opportunity Announcement and these rules.

(b) An applicant must submit a complete application during the opportunity period. For the purposes of this rule, the department considers an application “submitted” when the department receives the application. The department will not process applications received outside of an opportunity period.

(2) The application must be accompanied by the application fee specified in these rules. The department will not process applications received without fee payment.

(3) The application must include the following information, unless the department specifies otherwise in the Opportunity Announcement.

(a) The name of the applicant.

(A) If the applicant is a partnership, joint venture or association, the application must include the names of each person participating in the partnership, joint venture or association. The department may use this information to ensure compliance with ORS 469B.329.

(B) If the applicant is a corporation or limited liability company, the application must include the name of the corporation or LLC and its parent corporations, members and any close affiliates or subsidiaries. The department may use this information to ensure compliance with ORS 469B.329.

(C) If the applicant is a public or governmental entity, the application must include written authorization from the entity’s governing body allowing submission of the application.

(b) The name, address, email address and telephone number of the responsible party for the applicant.

(c) The applicant’s federal tax identification number or social security number, which may be shared with the Oregon Department of Revenue to facilitate the administration of state tax law.

(d) A statement verifying that the applicant will be the owner, contract purchaser or lessee of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project at the time of acquisition of the project.

(e) A description of the personnel and teams that will be working on project development, implementation and operation.

(f) If the applicant has received final certification of tax credits or payment of grants issued by the department within the last 5 years, the application must contain a statement affirming the operational status of the projects awarded such grants or tax credits.

(g) The location of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project.

(h) A statement explaining the amount by which use of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project will displace petroleum fuel.

(i) A detailed description of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project including:

(A) Information that demonstrates how the project will be technically feasible and how the project will operate for at least five years as represented in the application. This may require documentation in addition to the application form.

(B) A description of proposed fueling systems, the estimated number of alternative fuel vehicles that will use the proposed station, the type of alternative fuel that will be dispensed and the expected annual amount that will be dispensed.

(C) The expected operational life of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project.

(j) A statement of compliance with applicable state and local regulations and that the applicant will obtain required licenses and permits.

(k) The number and type of new jobs that will be created by the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project and the number of existing jobs that will be sustained throughout construction, installation and operation of the project. Job estimates should be submitted in hours. These hours must directly relate to the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project.

(l) The anticipated total project cost of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project.

(m) The amount of anticipated or received incentives directly related to the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project.

(n) A project schedule and project management plan.

(o) A description of the applicant’s financing plan for the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project including:

(A) Construction financing;

(B) Startup costs; and

(C) Pro forma financial statement showing the anticipated operating revenues and expenses of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project during the first three years of operation.

(p) The dollar amount of tax credit requested by the applicant.

(q) If the applicant has already started acquisition of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project, a written description of the special circumstances that rendered filing of an application prior to the start of acquisition unreasonable.

(r) Other information the department considers necessary.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0040

Application Fees

The department adopts the following schedule of fees as provided by ORS 469B.335. All fee payments are non-refundable, despite the results of the department’s review.

(1) Applicants must submit a fee of $500 with their preliminary certification application.

(2) Applicants selected for technical review will be required to pay an additional technical review fee prior to that review. The fee amount is equal to the qualifying project cost multiplied by 0.55 percent.

(3) Applicants requesting amendments to preliminary certifications must submit a fee of $300 with their amendment request.

(4) Applicants for final certification must submit with their application a final review fee. This fee amount is equal to the qualifying project cost multiplied by 0.55 percent. All applicants seeking final certification for a project are required to apply for final review and pay the final review fee.

(5) Applicants that choose to transfer their tax credit to a pass-through partner, pursuant to OAR 330-230-0110 to 330-230-0140, must pay a pass-through fee. The fee is due after a pass-through partner has been identified and before the department will issue a tax credit certificate.

(a) If the department assists the applicant in obtaining a pass-through partner, or partners, the fee for that assistance is 1.25 percent of the tax credit amount plus $100 per tax credit certificate issued.

(b) If the department does not assist the applicant in obtaining a pass-through partner, the fee is $200 per tax credit certificate issued.

(6) Applicants issued a tax credit certificate that choose to have their tax credit certificate re-issued to a transferee must pay a transfer fee of $200 plus $100 per tax credit certificate issued.

(7) If an applicant fails to pay fees timely as required by this rule, the department may reject the pending application and discontinue the review.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 469.040, 469B.335 & 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12; DOE 3-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-2-13

330-220-0050

Completeness Review

(1) The department will determine that sufficient potential tax credits are available prior to beginning review of an application. The department may return applications, or offer a lower tax credit amount, if there are not sufficient potential tax credits available to award the amount of tax credit requested.

(2) The department will review all preliminary certification applications to determine whether:

(a) All sections of the application are complete.

(b) The applicant has submitted the required fee.

(c) The project meets the definition of an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project.

(d) The applicant is applying prior to the acquisition of the project.

(A) If the applicant applies after acquisition of the project has started, the department will deny the application unless a written explanation of the special circumstances is received and approved by the director.

(B) Failing to submit a timely application or not being selected for a grant or tax credit under this or prior department programs does not constitute special circumstances.

(e) The alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project is located in Oregon.

(3) If the department finds that the application is complete, the application will move into the technical review process and the department will notify the applicant in writing.

(4) The department will deny all incomplete applications and notify applicants in writing of the reason for denial of the application.

(5) The department considers the completeness review as a test; the decision to deny an incomplete application is not an action subject to review under ORS 183.

(6) If an applicant has not started acquisition of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project, an applicant may apply again for the same project in the same or a future Opportunity Announcement by submitting a new application and fee. The department will not apply fees submitted with a previous application to future applications.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0070

Technical Review

Once the applicant has paid the technical review fee, the department will conduct a technical review of alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure projects advanced from the completeness review. If the applicant does not submit the required payment to the department within 21 calendar days of notification for technical review, the department may deny the application.

(1) Once the applicant has paid the technical review fee, the department will conduct a technical review of alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure projects advanced from the completeness review. If the applicant does not submit the required payment to the department within 21 calendar days of notification for technical review, the department may deny the application.

(2) The department will review the information provided in the application against industry standards to determine whether the project is financially and technically feasible and should operate in accordance with the representations made by the applicant.

(3) To be eligible, the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project must meet the following requirements:

(a) The project must meet the requirements of the statutes, these rules and the Opportunity Announcement.

(b) The applicant must be the owner, contract purchaser or project lessee at the time of the project’s acquisition.

(c) The applicant must be a trade, business or rental property owner with a business site in Oregon or be an Oregon non-profit organization, tribe or public entity that partners with an Oregon business or resident. The applicant may not restrict membership, sales or service on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference or gender.

(d) A project located at a residential property must be rental property. A rental property must meet laws related to rental accommodations and contain a dwelling unit or rooming unit with permanent living facilities. Living facilities include facilities for sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation, for one or more persons, other than the property owner, which is subject to a rental agreement that provides for meaningful compensation to the owner.

(e) If the project is a Level 1, 120 volt AC or similar, charging station for electric vehicles, the charger must provide an average of at least 12 hours of connection time per use. Applicants must provide anticipated connection and charging patterns as part of the project description section of the application.

(4) The department will review the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project cost for eligibility. The application must document total project cost by providing a list of itemized costs.

(a) Qualifying project costs include:

(A) The cost of components of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project, including all materials and supplies needed for the erection, construction, installation or acquisition of the proposed alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project;

(B) The costs to extend or increase the capacity of utility connections are only eligible if located within the property lines of the project location. Qualifying costs for utility connections for electric vehicle charging stations are also limited by location to:

(i) $5,000 for a Level 1, 120 volt AC or similar, electric vehicle charging station.

(ii) $15,000 for a Level 2, 240 volt AC or similar, electric vehicle charging station.

(iii) $30,000 for a DC Fast Charger, or similar, electric vehicle charging station.

(C) Fees to design or engineer the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project;

(D) The cost of title searches, escrow fees, permit and license fees, excluding fees required by this rule, and shipping;

(E) Cost of work performed by the applicant’s employees or independent contractors if the following conditions are met:

(i) Employees or contractors must be certified, accredited, licensed or otherwise qualified to do the work;

(ii) The work must be associated with the erection, construction, installation or acquisition of the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project;

(iii) Project management and other similar costs may only account for up to 15 percent of the qualifying project costs; and

(iv) Costs for employees’ or contractors’ work on the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project must be detailed and documented as to specific tasks, hours worked and compensation costs.

(F) Costs for legal counsel that are directly related to the development of an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project;

(G) Costs of training associated with the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project that is approved by the department; and

(H) Other costs the department determines should be included.

(b) Qualifying project cost does not include:

(A) Interest and warranty charges;

(B) Litigation or other operational-related legal fees and court costs;

(C) Intellectual property search, application and filing payments;

(D) Donated, in-kind or volunteer labor and materials;

(E) Administrative costs to apply for grants, loans, tax credits or other similar funding for an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project including, but not limited to the tax credit review charge, costs associated with the creation and development of the certified public accountant attestation letter and costs associated with securing a pass-through partner for the project;

(F) Routine operational, routine maintenance and repair costs associated with the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project;

(G) The purchase of alternative fuel vehicles or the conversion of vehicles to use alternative fuels;

(H) Expenses that are deemed not to have a benefit to the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project, including but not limited to, fines, penalties, entertainment, food, alcohol, gifts and lobbying; and

(I) Other costs the department determines should be excluded.

(c) The department may do inspections to verify qualified project costs.

(d) An applicant may incur qualifying project costs prior to the submission of an application, but may not begin acquisition.

(5) If an application does not include all information needed to complete the technical review, the department may notify the applicant in writing, requesting additional information. If the department does not receive the requested information within 30 calendar days of the date of the notice, the department may deny the application.

(6) The department will notify the applicant in writing if the department denies the application during the technical review.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0080

Preliminary Certification

(1) The department may issue a preliminary certificate if it determines that the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project is technically feasible and capable of operating in accordance with the representations made by the applicant.

(2) The department may issue a tax credit that is less than the amount requested in the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project application, pursuant to statute and applicable rules.

(3) The sum of any incentives, grants, credits, other public funds and the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure incentive may not exceed total project costs.

(4) The preliminary certificate will state the qualifying project cost, the potential amount of allowable tax credit and any conditions for claiming the credit.

(5) The applicant must report on the project’s status beginning one year from the issuing date of the preliminary certificate, unless the department has already received the project’s application for final certification. The applicant must continue to submit project progress reports to the department every six months after the initial report until the department receives the project’s application for final certificate. Failure to submit reports may result in revocation of the preliminary certification or denial of the final certification.

(6) A preliminary certification remains valid for a period of three calendar years after the date the department issues the preliminary certification or until the sunset of the program, whichever comes first.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0090

Amendments to Preliminary Certifications

(1) The applicant must notify the department of any changes to the project proposal as described in the application for preliminary certification.

(2) An applicant must declare all changes to the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project by the time the department receives the final certification application. Undeclared changes found in the application for final certification or through later inspection may result in denial of final tax credit certification.

(3) Applicants must submit an amendment request to the director to amend an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure preliminary certification.

(4) Applicants must submit amendments on the form specified in the Opportunity Announcement.

(5) The applicant must demonstrate that the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project, with the proposed change, would continue to be technically feasible, would operate as represented and would remain in operation for at least five years. The applicant has the responsibility to provide an amendment request with complete technical documentation that will support a case for the proposed amendment. The department may deny amendments submitted without such justification.

(6) An amendment may result in a reduction in tax credit, but may not increase the tax credit amount certified in the preliminary certificate.

(7) If an amendment request does not include all information needed to complete the review, the department may provide the applicant a written request for additional information. If the applicant does not provide the requested information to the department within 30 calendar days of the date of the notice, the department may deny the request.

(8) Requests for amendments must include payment of the appropriate fee. The department may accept non-substantive changes, such as change of contact information, without payment of the fee.

(9) The department will decide whether to approve the request.

(a) If approved, the department will draft an amended preliminary certification, which may contain new or amended conditions and requirements.

(b) If denied, the department will notify the applicant in writing. The notice will include the reasons for the denial of the amendment request.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0100

Final Certification

(1) An alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project must be completed and operational prior to applying for a final certification. An applicant must submit amendments to preliminary certifications before or with the final certification application.

(2) The department will not review applications for final certification received after the expiration of the preliminary certification or without the final review fee.

(3) The applicant must submit the application on the current department-issued form and all sections must be completed.

(4) The department will review the application, and may conduct an inspection, to verify:

(a) That the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project is complete and operating.

(b) Compliance with statute, rules and the preliminary certification.

(c) Compliance with state and local regulations, including required licenses and permits.

(d) The lease or rental agreement if the infrastructure is leased or rented.

(e) That applicable fuel taxes and property taxes for the project location are current.

(f) That the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure will be maintained and operated for at least five years.

(g) The total project costs for acquisition of the project were paid in full.

(A) A certified public accountant must attest to the total project cost, or if the total project cost is less than $50,000, the applicant must submit copies of receipts for the project.

(i) The certified public accountant cannot be the project owner, nor permanently employed by the project owner or pass-through partner.

(ii) Receipts for proof of payment may include canceled checks, credit card statements, binding contracts and agreements.

(B) The application must demonstrate that contract and loan agreements directly related to the project are not in default.

(C) The application must include information regarding all incentives, regardless of source, applied for or received in connection with the project.

(h) Other information the director considers necessary.

(5) If an application for final certification does not include all information needed to complete the final certification review, the department may ask the applicant, in writing, to submit additional information. If the department does not receive the requested information within 30 calendar days of the date of the notice requesting additional information, the department may deny the application for final certification.

(6) The department will notify the applicant, in writing, if the department denies the application during final review. An applicant may submit a written request for reconsideration within 60 days after the department issues a decision on a final certification.

(7) The department will issue a final certification upon verification that the alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project is complete and that the project complies with statute, rules, the preliminary certification and any other applicable requirements.

(a) The department may issue a credit up to 35 percent of the certified project cost. The department may certify a lesser tax credit amount than approved in the preliminary certificate, but may not certify a greater amount.

(b) The sum of any incentives, grants, credits or other public funds and the tax credit may not exceed total project costs.

(8) The department will send a written notification to applicants of its decision whether to issue a final certification within 60 days from the department receives a complete application for final certification. If more than 60 days pass from the date the department receives a complete application and the applicant has not received a written decision from the department, then the application is rejected and no further action will be taken. Any time required to provide additional information as provided in OAR 330-220-0100(5) is not included in this 60 day period.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

330-220-0150

Compliance and Pass-through

All participants in this program are subject to OAR 330-230-0000 through OAR 330-230-0150.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Stats. Implemented: ORS 315.336 & 469B.320 - 469B.347
Hist.: DOE 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-7-12 thru 8-3-12; DOE 9-2012, f. 7-31-12, cert. ef. 8-1-12

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