Oregon Introduces New Weatherization Program

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WRAP program offers incentives worth up to $4,500 to help homeowners with energy efficiency upgrades.

Oregon’s HB4121 (affectionately named Home WRAP, for Weatherization, Retrofit and Affordability Program) was introduced in early February. It is attempting to create a new metric-based incentive worth up to $4,500 to help residents pay for home weatherization, energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations.

The proposed incentive would also allow landlords to qualify on behalf of their renters. The grants would be facilitated through Oregon Housing & Community Services, and the amounts awarded would be based on the value of the projected energy savings.

The program has a number of provisions aimed at lending assistance to lower-income households, who often live in less efficient homes whereby a larger portion of their disposable income goes to utility bills. For instance, 25% of the program’s funds are earmarked for affordable housing, including manufactured home repair. In fact, grant preference is given to manufactured homes built prior to June 1976. Also, only nonprofit landlords and Section 8 landlords are eligible for landlord incentives.

The individual grant amounts gradually decline. A maximum of $4,500 can be granted in 2018, but the maximum decreases to $3,000 in 2019 and then $2,000 in 2020 and 2021. The program is set to terminate on January 2, 2022. The bill is currently in the Joint Ways and Means Committee.