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Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy Program

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Date Last Updated3/25/2015
Incentive TypeGrant
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeMassachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Incentive Initiation Date10/26/2011
Incentive Expiration Date4/17/2015
Incentive Size and Funding SourceThe Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy program provides grants for projects that process source-separated organic materials into electricity or heat. Projects that add CHP capabilities to existing anaerobic digestion systems are eligible as "Implementation Projects." Such projects are eligible to receive up to 75% of design phase expenses and 25% of construction phase expenses, not exceeding $400,000.

Additionally, the program offers technical services grants and feasibility study grants. Technical services grants are available to Massachusetts public entities for evaluating or planning organics-to-energy projects within their jurisdiction. Up to $50,000 is available per grant and a 10% cost-share is required. Feasibility studies grants are available to both private and public-sector entities to conduct detailed studies that will lead to the design of facilities for specific sites. Feasibility studies for projects that will add CHP capability to existing anaerobic digestion facilities are also eligible. Grants up to $40,000 per feasibility study are available with a 5% minimum grantee cost-share required for Massachusetts public entities and a 20% minimum grantee cost-share required for non-public entities.
Eligible RecipientThe applicant must be a commercial, industrial, institutional, or public entity. Proposed projects must be located within the service territory of an eligible electric provider.
Eligible FuelBiogas
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
UtilityNational Grid, NStar, Western Massachusetts Electric, Fitchburg Gas & Electric, or a Municipal Light Plant (MLP) that contributes to the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust.
Application Form(s)Application for Implementation and Pilot Projects (DOC)

Technical Services Grant Application (DOC)

Feasibility Studies Grant Application (DOC)
Other Incentive DetailsThe grant cost-effectiveness ratio must not exceed 1.5. This ratio is calculated by dividing the dollar value of the grant by the expected number of kilowatt-hour equivalent to be generated in a year.
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