|Date Last Updated||10/23/2013|
|Incentive Administrator/Contact Office||Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)|
|Incentive Initiation Date||10/26/2011|
|Incentive Expiration Date||4/21/2014|
|Incentive Size and Funding Source||The Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy program provides grants for both "construction" projects and "pilot" projects that process source-separated organic materials into electricity or useful thermal energy, with a preference for projects that also create useful agronomic products. Projects that consist solely of the addition of a CHP system that uses the biogas from an existing anaerobic digester are eligible as construction projects.|
Grants will be capped at the lesser of a total dollar amount or a percentage of total budgeted costs. The maximum grant funding levels per project is as follows:
- Dollar Cap: $400,000.
- Percentage Cap: 25% of total Contract Budget (i.e., minimum 75% Grantee cost-share).
- Grant Cost-Effectiveness Ratio Requirement: Less than $1.5 per kilowatt-hour Equivalent of electricity and/or useful thermal energy per year.
- Dollar Cap: $200,000.
- Percentage Cap: 50% of total Contract Budget (i.e., minimum 50% Grantee cost-share).
|Eligible Recipient||Commercial, industrial, institutional, or public entities.|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||Does Not Specify|
|Minimum Efficiency Required (%)||Does Not Specify|
|Other Selected Eligibility Criteria||Applicants must be one of the following: |
The proposed Project must be located within the service territory of an Eligible Electric Provider. Projects must be located in the service territories of the investor-owned or municipal electric distribution companies that pay into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund and must produce 1) electricity that is eligible for the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard or 2) thermal energy that can be used outside the organics processing system itself. The principal technology supported is anaerobic digestion, although a limited number of awards may be made for projects employing other commercially available technologies.
- An existing electricity end-user and customer of record on the project site in the service territory of an Eligible Electric Provider.
- An entity (e.g., a Third-Party Owner) that plans to sell electricity to an electricity end user(s) and customer(s) of record in the service territory of an Eligible Electric Provider.
- An entity that plans to assign net metering credits to an electricity end user(s) and customer(s) of record in the service territory of an Eligible Electric Provider.
- An entity that will provide biogas to an existing landfill gas-to-energy facility.
|Utility||National Grid, NStar, Western Massachusetts Electric, or Fitchburg Gas & Electric or a Municipal Light Plant (MLP) that contributes to the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.|
|Application Form(s)||Application (DOC) (12 pp, 138K)|
|Other Incentive Details||Eligible technologies include: |
- Anaerobic digestion, advanced composting with heat recovery.
- Gasification or pyrolysis, using proven technology.
- Systems must produce electricity or Useful Thermal Energy, or both. If a system produces electricity, it must be eligible for qualification under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.
- Projects employing technology whose output is a fuel that can be used for heat or electricity at sites other than the Project Site, including biogas or pyrolysis oil, but excluding biodiesel.