Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI) (Federal)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place United States

Name Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI)
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Local Government, Municipal Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative, State Government, Tribal Government, Native Corporations
Eligible Technologies Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Landfill Gas, Ocean Thermal, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2012-02-02
Implementing Sector Federal
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 2.2¢/kWh (subject to availability of annual appropriations in each federal fiscal year of operation)








Expiration Date 10/01/2016 (in-service date)
















Terms 10 years
Program Administrator U.S. Department of Energy
Website http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/repi
Date added to DSIRE 2002-03-15
Last DSIRE Review 2012-02-02
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2012-02-02


References DSIRE[1]


Summary

Note: Contact the program administrator to find out the current funding status of this program.

Established by the federal Energy Policy Act of 1992, the federal Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI) provides incentive payments for electricity generated and sold by new qualifying renewable energy facilities. Qualifying systems are eligible for annual incentive payments of 1.5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in 1993 dollars (indexed for inflation) for the first 10-year period of their operation, subject to the availability of annual appropriations in each federal fiscal year of operation. REPI was designed to complement the federal renewable energy production tax credit (PTC), which is available only to businesses that pay federal corporate taxes.

Qualifying systems must generate electricity using solar, wind, geothermal (with certain restrictions), biomass (excluding municipal solid waste), landfill gas, livestock methane, or ocean resources (including tidal, wave, current and thermal). The production payment applies only to the electricity sold to another entity. Eligible electric production facilities include not-for-profit electrical cooperatives, public utilities, state governments and political subdivisions thereof, commonwealths, territories and possessions of the United States, the District of Columbia, Indian tribal governments or political subdivisions thereof, and Native Corporations.

Payments may be made only for electricity generated from an eligible facility first used before October 1, 2016. Appropriations have been authorized for fiscal years 2006 through fiscal year 2026; however, program funding is determined each year as part of the U.S. Department of Energy budget process. If there are insufficient appropriations to make full payments for electricity production from all qualified systems for a federal fiscal year, 60% of the appropriated funds for the fiscal year will be assigned to facilities that use solar, wind, ocean, geothermal or closed-loop biomass technologies; and 40% of the appropriated funds for the fiscal year will be assigned to other eligible projects. Funds will be awarded on a pro rata basis, if necessary. In past years this has meant that actual incentive payments have corresponded to only a small fraction of the theoretical inflation adjusted incentive level of ~2 cents/kWh.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Coordinator - REPI
Department U.S. Department of Energy
Division Golden Field Office
Address 1617 Cole Blvd.

Place Golden, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80401-3393



Email gorepi@go.doe.gov
Website http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/repi
     
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 42 USC § 13317

Date Enacted 10/24/1992 (subsequently amended)


Authority 2: 10 CFR 451



















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"

Production Concentrating Solar Power Incentives

CSP Commercial Performance-based incentive $/KWh $0.022





CSP Number of Years Applies 10




Production Solar Photovoltaic Incentives

PV Non-profit Performance-based incentive $/KWh $0.022










PV Number of Years Applies 10








Production Wind Incentives

Wind Non-profit Performance-based incentive $/KWh $0.022










Wind Number of Years Applies 10








  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1.  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"