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Combined Heat and Power Partnership

Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund

Date Last Updated6/7/2013
Policy TypePublic Benefits Fund
State/FederalMA
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeMassachusetts Clean Energy Center
Policy Initiation Date11/25/1997
Policy SummaryThe fund is supported by a non-bypassable surcharge of $0.0005 per kWh, imposed on customers of all investor-owned electric utilities and competitive municipal utilities in Massachusetts (non-competitive municipal utilities generally may opt into the Fund by agreeing to the same provisions that apply to investor-owned utilities and competitive municipal utilities). The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public research and development entity, administers the Fund with oversight and planning assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and an advisory board. The Fund does not have an expiration date.

The Fund may provide grants, contracts, loans, equity investments, energy production credits, bill credits and rebates to customers. The fund is authorized to support "Class I" and "Class II" renewables, which generally include solar photovoltaics (PV); solar thermal electric energy; wind energy; ocean thermal, wave or tidal energy; fuel cells utilizing renewable fuels; landfill gas; energy generated by certain existing hydroelectric facilities up to five megawatts in capacity; certain waste-to-energy which is a component of conventional municipal solid waste plant technology in commercial use; low-emission advanced biomass power conversion technologies using fuels such as wood, by-products or waste from agricultural crops, food or animals, energy crops, biogas, liquid biofuels; marine or hydrokinetic energy; and geothermal energy. In addition, the fund may support combined heat and power (CHP) systems less than 60 kilowatts (kW) and solar hot water.

Funding for CHP projects provided by these resources would be found under related dCHPP incentive types (e.g., loan, grant, or rebate).
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
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