Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity Rebate and Performance Incentive (New York)

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Summary

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Financial Incentive Program

Place New York


Name NYSERDA - Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity Rebate and Performance Incentive
Incentive Type Production Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, General Public/Consumer, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Tribal Government, Agricultural
Active Incentive No


Amount 500/kW capacity incentive for new equipment AND

0.10/kWh production payment for new systems OR
0.02/kWh maintenance payment on production from systems installed or substantially upgraded since Jan. 1, 2003.








Maximum Incentive 1 million (combined production and capacity incentives)

Capacity incentive capped at lesser of 350,000 or 50% of project cost





Terms 3 years
Website http://www.powernaturally.org/Funding/funding.asp?i=2


References DSIRE[1]


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Tom Feisinger
Department New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Address 17 Columbia Circle
Place Albany, New York
Zip/Postal Code 12203-6399
Phone (518) 862-1090 Ext:3218


Email twf@nyserda.org
Website http://www.nyserda.org/



The Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity program is designed to support smaller sized electricity generation where the energy generated is used primarily at the electric customer's location. Eligibility is generally limited to customers that pay the RPS surcharge on their electric bills. The electricity generated under the program will be counted towards the Customer-Sited Tier (CST) portion of the state RPS (2%). The application period ends September 30, 2009 and a total of $20.1 million* has been authorized to fund incentive payments, limited to $1 million per Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG) system. As of June 2009 approximately $4 million remained in uncommitted funds. Incentive payments are available for both new installations and for the installation of new equipment on existing facilities according to the guidelines discussed below. Incentives will generally be limited to the larger of:

  • the customer's approximate Peak Connected Load
  • 500 KW, the capacity eligibility limit on farm based electricity generating equipment under New York's net metering law.
In order to participate in this program, Applicants must comply with all program rules, procedures, and eligibility requirements, submit all required forms and supplemental documentation, and enter into a Standard Performance Contract Agreement with NYSERDA.  Applicants must also adhere to measurement and verification requirements throughout the term of the Agreement. Capacity Incentive

This incentive is available only for equipment installed on or after Feb. 12, 2007 and valued at $500/KW. Eligible equipment includes controls, meters, biogas clean-up equipment, emissions control equipment, interconnection equipment, and costs associated with engineering services. New equipment installed into an existing system will be valued at the incremental increase it provides to the system capacity compared to the baseline generation, if any, existing at the host site on Feb. 11, 2007. This rule applies to replacements of existing equipment as well as system additions. The capacity incentive is capped at $350,000 or 50% of new equipment costs, whichever is less. If a host site has received prior funding under a contract with NYSERDA for the electric generation equipment associated with the application, then that equipment will not be eligible for a capacity incentive.

Production Incentive Performance incentives are offered for verified ADG-fueled electricity generation, and may be provided for up to three years. The incentive for electricity generated by equipment installed on or after Feb. 12, 2007 is valued at $0.10/kWh. For systems installed or substantially upgraded on or after Jan. 1, 2003, but before Feb. 12, 2007, a Maintenance incentive payment of $0.02 kWh is available. Significant upgrades are defined as those that:

  • increase the generating capacity/electricity production of an existing system
  • improve the operation of an existing system so that it may attain a Capacity Factor of 80%
  • improve the operation of an existing system to bring it into compliance with state and federal emission standards
For system planning purposes, NYSERDA has included an incentive calculating tool in Section C of the application documents, available under PON 1146 at the website listed above. 


*The original [[Customer-sited Tier Operating Plan] authorizes $11 million in funding for this incentive program. However, an additional $1.5 million in discretionary funding was later added to keep pace with increasing market demand. A further allocation of $7.6 million was added in October 2008 by order of the PSC, bringing total 2007-2009 funding to $20.1 million. ]]

References

  1. DSIRE Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency accessed 2009-12-08