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Biomass Electricity Production Incentive

dCHPP Glossary (PDF) (2 pp, 53K)

Date Last Updated11/16/2012
Incentive TypeProduction Incentive
State/FederalVT
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeGreen Mountain Power (including CVPS)
Incentive Initiation Date10/1/2004
Incentive Size and Funding SourceGreen Mountain Energy purchases renewable energy credits (RECs) for up to $0.04 per kWh with full subscription of the Green Mountain Energy voluntary Cow Power tariff. Attributes associated with production in excess of voluntary customer demand will be sold on the regional market where possible. Farmers sell the electricity as a separate commodity under the Vermont Standard Offer Program.
Eligible RecipientFarmers who own systems using anaerobic digestion of agricultural products, byproducts or wastes to generate electricity.
Eligible FuelWoody Biomass; Biogas
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
Other Selected Eligibility CriteriaEligible systems must be connected to the grid. Although net metering is another option for farmers, it is not available under this arrangement.
UtilityGreen Mountain Power
Other Incentive DetailsGreen Mountain Power sells the RECs and other environmental attributes (i.e. Carbon Credit) generated under this arrangement as part of its Cow Power program, the utility's green power program. This program offers customers the opportunity to purchase renewable energy for $0.04 per kWh above the retail cost of electricity under any rate class as a tariff rider.
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