Reminder! Energy Trust Rebates by Dec 31st!

The Energy Trust team is anxiously waiting for your completed rebate forms.  Please be sure to get them in by the end of the year.  January 1st will be too late for this years’ purchases.  Please let all your customers, colleagues, and friends know and encourage them to submit their rebate forms.


We have rebates for the following industrial and agricultural items, each of the underlined items is a web link.

  1. Compressed Air Rebate Form:  Zero loss Condensate Drains, Cycling Refrigerated Dryers, Additional Receiver Capacity, Low pressure Drop Filters.
  2. Insulation Rebate Form: Attic, Roof, Wall and Pipe Insulation
  3. Greenhouse Rebate Form:  IR Poly, Thermal Curtains, Under Bench Heating, Intelligent Greenhouse Controller with Night Setback, Unit Heaters.
  4. Irrigation Rebate Form:  13 items: Nozzles, Gaskets, Drains, Sprinkler Heads
  5. LESA/LEPA Rebate Form:  For upgrading Linears or Pivots to LESA or LEPA systems.
  6. Natural Gas Heating Rebate Form:  Radiant Heat, Boilers
  7. Steam Trap Rebate Form:  For replacing Steam Traps
  8. Welder Rebate Form:  For replacing a transformer welder with an inverter welder
  9. Industrial Battery Charger Form:  For replacing 24-48 volt forklift or pallet jack battery charger
  10. Cannabis Dehumidifier Rebate Form:  For Replacing working dehumidifiers in indoor grow facilities
  11. Municipal Water Leak Repair: For assessing the water leaks in a municipal system


You may be eligible for these Energy Trust Rebates if:

  1. You are a PGE or Pacific Power customer for your electric rebates.
  2. You are a Northwest Natural, Cascade Natural gas, or Avista customer for your natural gas rebates.
  3. You purchased the item within the last 6 months.
  4. The item purchased is a qualifying item – follow the links above or see the attached rebate forms to learn if it is a qualifying item.

Proposed Watershed Plan Released for Comment

North Unit Irrigation District, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and

Farmers Conservation Alliance are developing a Watershed Plan – Environmental

Assessment to help the District and its irrigators to conserve water, improve water

delivery reliability, reduce energy use and operation and maintenance costs, and

enhance habitat for fish and wildlife. This project would complement prior and

ongoing modernization projects in the District.


You are invited to participate in a public scoping meeting to learn more about these

proposed irrigation improvements and provide feedback.


Meeting Information

Monday, October 21st, 2019

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Jefferson County Library – Rodriguez Annex

241 SE 7th St. Madras, Oregon 97741


To learn more about the project and how to submit a comment, please visit or call Farmers Conservation Alliance at

(541) 716-6085.

 Draft Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan Open for Comment

45-Day Public Comment Period Begins October 4 2019 for the Draft Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan


The Draft Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (Plan) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published on October 4, 2019 and is now available for public comment.  Written comments will be accepted through November 18, 2019

The Plan was developed and submitted by the eight member districts of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control and the City of Prineville (Applicants) to address the impacts of their water management activities on threatened and endangered species in the Deschutes Basin.

If approved, the Applicants will obtain an Incidental Take Permit, which provides Endangered Species Act regulatory assurances for thirty-years.

The covered species include the Oregon spotted frog, bull trout, steelhead trout (listed as threatened under the ESA), and sockeye salmon and Chinook salmon (not currently listed under the ESA).

The proposed conservation measures in the draft plan are mainly focused on meeting specific flows by specific timelines in key reaches of the Deschutes Basin (including the Upper Deschutes, Whychus Creek and the lower Crooked River).


Here’s how you can participate:



Energy Trust of Oregon Funding

Did you know that on average 50% of the irrigation systems installed throughout this region are in need of repair? Yes, you can see them spraying water, but inefficient and ineffective irrigation systems will eat up your water allotment and lower your potential crop yield.

For example, did you know your sprinklers and pressure regulators alone need to be replaced every 5-7 years? Maybe that’s a simple place to start in order to improve your yield/drop of water ordered.

So if you are looking to make the most of the water available, this is the year to fine-tune your irrigation system. And there are many different options in place to help fund the types of repairs.

Through Energy Trust of Oregon’s Energy Efficiency Program, they offer sizable rebates to help fund your upgrade and transform your irrigation system to one resilient of high energy and water costs.


Pivot and Linear Upgrade to MESA/LESA/LEPA/PMDI

Premium Irrigation

Where and how to fund your water savings

There are multiple avenues to fund irrigation upgrades in Jefferson County.  Some apply to all and others depend on the location of your property within the region and who provides you power. The presence of funding opportunities have been around for a while, but keeping track of them has always seemed like a fulltime job in itself.

Robert Wallace at Wy’East has heard your call. He has collected all the avenues currently on deck into one roadmap. Click Here!

Currently, there are multiple efforts focused on improving water quality and water quantity within Jefferson County. For local farmers and ranchers, that means an excess of resources and funding focused on improving how on-farm operations. The funding focuses on reducing soil erosion, silty run-off, inefficient irrigation, high energy costs, and more. Groups such as the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (JCSWCD), the Middle Deschutes Watershed Council (MDWC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Central Electric Coop, and partner Wy’East have all been seeking to find and fund projects that reach these goals.


It may not always seem like it, but each complete project contributes to a great tomorrow for all. Follow the links provided in Robert’s handout, or call Lisa at the main North Unit Office to find if there are projects and potential funding for you!


Stay safe this summer!

As the weather heats up, we will all be looking for a place to cool off. But irrigation canals should NOT make the list. Though they look similar to rushing rivers, they have more hidden dangers than what first comes to mind. Irrigation canals have hidden cement structures, slippery moss and sharp rocks, straining barbed fences, syphons and metal gates; all of which create subsurface currents that pull down and overpower even the best of swimmers. Not to mention the chemicals added to the canals to treat aquatic weeds and growth; chemicals that are undetectable but can burn the nose, eyes, and throat.

This warning comes after many drowning deaths in irrigation canals near and far. Some from accidents as valiant as trying to save one’s dog, and getting pulled deeper into the subsurface currents themselves.

The District makes its way through the 2nd-grade classrooms in Jefferson County to educate about the dangers, but that does not mean the message is only meant for them.

In case you or your children missed it, watch the story of Otto the Otter and the boy he could barely save.


Piping Projects Proceed Throughout Basin

This year finalizes our 58-11 lateral piping project – marking one of North Unit Irrigation District’s largest lateral piping project to date. The project spans 5 miles and is estimated to conserve over 2000 AF of water per irrigation season.

North Unit is not the only ones making great strides in massive piping projects. We share the vigor with Tumalo and Central Oregon Irrigation District, fellow irrigation districts within the Deschutes Basin who’s water savings benefit us all.

Showcased in this video, North Unit and our fellow Irrigation District’s are proud to share the massive feats of water savings found in these projects and grateful for the many hands who bring these victories to fruition.

Water Is Tight

Water is tight as season nears end

As an update to my June water report, early season dry conditions, poor snow accumulation in the mountains, and a Wickiup sinkhole led to a less than favorable start to water supply conditions early in the irrigation season.

Precious Resource: Balancing Agriculture, Conservation & Recreation

Did you know 55 percent of the carrot seeds in the U.S. are grown in Jefferson County and another 10 percent is grown in Crook and Deschutes Counties? That’s just one of the sectors that drives the agricultural economy in Central Oregon. In tonight’s cover story, Brian Jennings looks at the growing concerns over the key resource needed to keep that economic engine alive: Water.