Combined Heat and Power Partnership
Distributed Generation Standard Contracts
|Date Last Updated||7/25/2013|
|Incentive Type||Feed-in Tariff|
|Incentive Administrator/Contact Office||Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources|
|Incentive Initiation Date||1/1/2011|
|Incentive Expiration Date||12/30/2014|
|Incentive Size and Funding Source||Rhode Island established a feed-in tariff for new distributed renewable energy generators up to 5 MW in capacity. Electric distribution companies are required to enter into standard contracts for an aggregate capacity of at least 40 MW by the end of 2014. Standard contracts include a fixed payment rate and a 15-year term, and generally vary by generator capacity and type.|
Eligible small projects will be awarded standard contracts on a first-come, first-served basis until the class target is met. Eligible large projects will be awarded standard contracts based on the lowest proposed prices received. Eligible systems that are net-metered may apply to sell excess output.
The 2013 Ceiling Rates for Anaerobic Digestion (400-5,000 kW) is $0.1855/kWh.
|Eligible Recipient||Owners of distributed generation facilities that qualify as newly developed renewable energy resources, meaning an electric generation unit that exclusively uses an eligible renewable energy resource and that has neither begun operation, nor have the developers completed financing for construction.|
|Eligible Fuel||Biogas; Woody Biomass|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||5 MW or less|
|Minimum Efficiency Required (%)||Does Not Specify|
|Other Selected Eligibility Criteria||Eligible renewables include solar energy, wind energy, ocean-thermal energy, geothermal energy, small hydropower, biomass facilities that maintain compliance with current air permits (not including waste-to-energy combustion systems), and fuel cells using renewable resources.|
|Other Incentive Details||The third enrollment period for standard contracts in 2013 is scheduled to begin in September.|
The Board must set ceiling prices by October 15 for the following calendar year. Each electric distribution company must conduct at least three standard contract enrollment periods in each program year. Each enrollment period will be open for two weeks.