Listing Your Stove on the Oregon RETC Program:
Information for Stove Manufacturers
The Oregon Dept. of Energy keeps the list of qualifying appliances. DOE rule changes in 2013 have removed recognition of "third party" lists of qualifying appliances, so Oregon's list of quaifying appliances will no longer be used and DOE will be maintaining the list. Manufacturers will need to contact the Oregon DOE directly if an appliance needs to be placed on the list or if there are questions about whether an appliance qualifies.
Qualifications for the Oregon Tax Credit
“Very efficient biomass combustion devices” that qualify include EPA certified woodstoves and pellet stoves with the following criteria:
1. Woodstoves must be on the EPA list and have emissions that meet the Washington state Standards: 4.5 for non catalytic, 2.5 for catalytic.
2. Woodstoves must have a dedicated outside air intake system. The rules state a directly attached system is preferred, but it allows for a barometric pressure wall unit as long as it is that is near the stove. This is a good solution for qualifying wood or pellet inserts.
3. Must be for residential heating (less than one quarter million Btu per hour).
4. Pellet stove emissions must be 2.5 grams per hour or less.
5. Outdoor wood or pellet hydronic heaters, wood boilers, and masonry heaters are under review by ODOE for acceptance into the program.
*The tax credit formula is based on an estimate for the first year of operation as a kilowatt hour equivalent. The tax credit is equal to the first year energy yield in kilowatt hours multiplied by $0.40 up to $300; or 25% of the net cost of the device whichever is less. Since most stoves are going to cost more than $1200, the 25% calculation is unlikely to apply.