SCE - Biomass Standard Contract (California)

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Last modified on May 23, 2011.

Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name SCE - Biomass Standard Contract
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Landfill Gas, Biomass, Municipal Solid Waste, Anaerobic Digestion, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies by term length and year of production. Incentives for projects that go on-line in 2008 range from 92.71/MWh to 95.72/MWh

Terms Seller chooses contract term of 10, 15 or 20 years. All RECs convey to SCE.
Program Administrator Southern California Edison

References DSIRE[1]


Southern California Edison Company (SCE), an investor-owned electric utility, offers a production incentive to customers who generate electricity with eligible biomass-energy systems, including landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wood and wood waste, fuel cells, digester gas, and sewer gas. Separate contracts are available to facilities with capacities of less than 1 megawatt (MW), facilities greater than or equal to 1 MW but not greater than 5 MW, and systems greater than 5 MW but not greater than 20 MW. The seller may select a term of 10, 15 or 20 years. The production incentive payment is tied to the Market Price Referent, which increases annually. Participants will receive the rate that is available when their project comes on-line for the duration of their contract period. The Market Price Referent for 2008 varies from $92.71 per megawatt-hour (MWh) to $95.72 per MWh, depending on the length of the contract. All renewable-energy credits (RECs) convey to SCE.

On April 25, 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued Executive Order S-06-06, which sets goals for energy produced by biomass resources. SCE voluntarily initiated this program in accordance with the order.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Dan Walker
Department Southern California Edison
Address 2244 Walnut Grove
Place Rosemead, California
Zip/Postal Code 91770
Phone (626) 302-5358


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


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