Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) Tariff (Minnesota) Production Incentive

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Minnesota

Name Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) Tariff
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Utility, Municipal Utility, Investor-Owned Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative
Eligible Technologies Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Municipal Solid Waste, Hydrogen
Active Incentive No

Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount To be filed by utilities by Dec 31, 2007

Terms 20-year power purchase agreement under which the tariff must be higher in first ten years than during the second ten

References DSIRE[1]


Under the Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) each public utility in Minnesota is required to file its tariff rates with the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for community-owned renewable energy projects by December 1, 2007.

Municipal and cooperative utilities must file a tariff 90 days after the first PUC order approval of a tariff for a public utility. The tariff rate must be higher in the first ten years of the agreement than the last ten years. The intent of this structure is to provide renewable energy projects with better cash flow during the first ten years. This makes it easier to achieve financing and pay project debt. The lower rate in the second half of the project ensures declining power costs for the utility and ratepayers over the 20 year term of the contracts. Under the original C-BED legislation, the tariff rate was capped at a net present value of 2.7 cents per kilowatt hour calculated over the life of the PPA (using the relevant utility’s normal discount rate). This cap was eliminated in 2007.

C-BED tariffs can be used to satisfy the state's Renewable Energy Standard. Utilities are required to consider C-BED projects, but they are not required to sign C-BED contracts.

In order for a project to be considered community-based and eligible for C-BED tariffs: - 51% of the revenues from the power purchase agreement must flow to Minnesota-based owners and other local entities - No single wind project investor can own more than 15 percent of a project consisting of two or more wind turbine, except for local governments which may be the sole owners of community-based projects. - All owners of property traversed by transmission lines serving the project are given the opportunity to invest.

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

Authority 1: SF 1368 (2005)
Date Effective 2005-07-01
Date Enacted 2005-05-25

Authority 2: SF 145 (2007)
Date Effective 2007-05-26
Date Enacted 2007-05-25

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Lise Trudeau
Department Minnesota Department of Commerce
Division Energy Division
Address 85 7th Place East, Suite 500
Place St. Paul, Minnesota
Zip/Postal Code 55101-2198
Phone (651) 297-1178


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


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