Renewable Energy Growth Program (Rhode Island)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Renewable Energy Growth Program|
|Incentive Type||Performance-Based Incentive|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Small Hydroelectric, Wave Energy, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Amount|| Incentives will vary depending on the type of resource, the size of the system, and the geographic load zone area of the installation. |
Solar is grouped into four categories based on size:
|Eligible System Size||Maximum nameplate capacity of 5 MW.|
|Equipment Requirements||Projects must be new and not under construction at the time of application, with the exception of preparatory site work that is less than 25% of the total project cost.|
|Maximum Incentive||Varies with system size, technology and geographic load zone.|
|Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits||Except for small scale Residential projects, the environmental and other attributes of the Distributed Generation projects are transferred to the Electric Distribution Company.|
|Terms||Depending on the type and size of project, The term lengths will be from 15 to 20 years. However, the board may recommend shorter terms for small scale solar projects.|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
NOTE: Incentives through this program are not yet available. Electric distribution companies have until Nov 15, 2014 to submit tariffs to the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The PUC, in turn, has until March 31, 2015 to approve the tariffs.
In 2014, Act H 7727 created the Renewable Energy Growth (REG) program with the goal to the promote installation of grid connected renewable energy within the load zones of electric distribution companies (EDCs) at a reasonable cost. This tariff-based incentive program is designed to finance the development, construction, and operation of renewable energy distributed generation projects through competitive bidding processes over 5 years to achieve specific megawatt (MW) targets. This program is implemented by the EDCs under supervision and review of the Public Utility Commission (PUC).
For period of at least 5 years, the EDCs shall file tariffs with the PUC that are designed to provide multi year performance based incentives to eligible renewable distributed generation projects. Tariffs shall be developed by the EDCs and will be reviewed and approved by the PUC. Proposed tariffs shall include a ceiling price and term lengths that shall be from 15 to 20 years. After being approved by the PUC, the terms under the tariffs shall not be altered in any way that would undermine the reliance of those tariffs. The EDCs shall file the first set of tariffs and solicitation rules with the PUC by November 15, 2014, which the PUC shall review and approve by March 31, 2015.
The REG program has target install total of 160 MW of distributed renewable energy during its 5 year term. The first year of the program (2015) has an annual target of 25 MW, 40 MW for second year, 40 MW for third and fourth year, and rest of the 160 MW for the fifth year. There is also an annual target of at least 3 MW for small scale solar projects for first 4 years of the program.
Small-scale and medium-scale solar projects will submit an enrollment application to receive a standard performance based incentive for the period of years in an applicable tariff. The applications shall be selected on a first come, first served basis or by means of commission-approved lottery.
Large scale and commercial scale solar projects and all other eligible technologies shall bid a price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the entire output of the facility, which does not exceed the ceiling price. The EDC will select projects based on the lowest proposed prices, time of completion of the project, and award performance based incentives to the winning bidders. In order incentivize renewable distributed generation projects, the EDC may include an incentive payment adder to the bid price of any winning bidder that propose a distributed generation project in a desired geographical load area.
The REG program shall be administered exclusively through the tariff structure and the EDC is not required to execute a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the procurement of the renewable energy for the program.
|Contact Name||Consumer Information|
|Department||Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission|
|Address||89 Jefferson Boulevard|
|Place||Warwick, Rhode Island|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||HB 7727|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.