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Distributed Generation Standard Contracts

Date Last Updated7/25/2013
Incentive TypeFeed-in Tariff
State/FederalRI
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeRhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Incentive Initiation Date1/1/2011
Incentive Expiration Date12/30/2014
Incentive Size and Funding SourceRhode 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 RecipientOwners 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 FuelBiogas; Woody Biomass
Eligible Project Size (MW)5 MW or less
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
Other Selected Eligibility CriteriaEligible 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.
UtilityNational Grid
Other Incentive DetailsThe 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.
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