Xcel Energy - Experimental Advanced Renewable Energy Purchase Service Rates (Wisconsin)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Xcel Energy - Renewable Energy Buy-Back Rates
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Geothermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2013-01-25
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Biomass/Biogas Tier 1: $0.086/kWh

Biomass/Biogas Tier 2: $0.082/kWh
Biomass/Biogas Tier 3 (Community-Based Projects): $0.080/kWh
Wind Tier 1: $0.080/kWh
Wind Tier 2: $0.075/kWh
Wind Tier 3 (Community-Based Projects): $0.070/kWh
Solar: $1.50/watt plus $0.11/kWh

Eligible System Size Biomass/Biogas Tier 1: 800 kW maximum

Biomass/Biogas Tier 2: 2 MW maximum
Biomass/Biogas Tier 3 (Community-Based Projects): 5 MW maximum
Wind Tier 1: 100 kW maximum
Wind Tier 2: 2 MW maximum
Wind Tier 3 (Community-Based Projects): 5 MW maximum
Solar: 10 kW maximum
All Community-Based Projects: 5 MW maximum

Start Date 2008-01-09

Maximum Incentive Solar per-watt incentive capped at $15,000
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Xcel Energy retains the rights and ownership of RECs, methane offsets, carbon credits, etc.

Terms 10-year contract period

Customer must furnish and install meter and pay monthly metering charges

Program Administrator Xcel Energy
Website http://www.xcelenergy.com/About_Us/Rates_&_Regulations/Rates,_Rights_&_Service_Rules/WI_Regulatory_Rates_and_Tariffs

References DSIRE[1]


The subscription cap for the Experimental Advanced Renewable Energy Purchase Service has been met and applications are no longer being accepted. The program is unlikely to reopen. This entry is for informational purposes only. Xcel Energy will purchase 100% of the electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by its Wisconsin customers using qualifying renewable energy systems. The purchase will take the form of a 10-year, fixed-rate contract between the customer and the utility. Distributed generation systems must use a renewable resource and have an initial placed in service date of no earlier than January 1, 2008. Renewable resources are defined as all resources eligible under the Wisconsin RPS(Wis. Stat. § 196.378(1)(h)), except refuse-derived fuels. This definition includes wind, solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal electric, biomass, biogas, fuel cells using renewable fuels, geothermal electric, tidal, wave, and small hydroelectric systems.

Predetermined per-kWh purchase prices have been set for wind systems, biomass/biogas, and solar systems, while rates for other technologies will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis between the utility and the customer generator. Solar projects also receive a $1.50 per kW incentive in addition to the $0.11/kWh rate. There is no minimum size requirement, and maximum capacity limits vary with project type: solar is limited to 10 kW; biomass, biogas, and wind systems are limited to 5 MW for community-based projects and 2 MW for non-community projects. All systems must meet the stateinterconnection requirements and be connected to the grid at a voltage of 50 kV or less. The customer is responsible for the installation of a separate electric meter and all other associated equipment and installation costs. The tariff also contains monthly metering charges ranging from $6.40 to $13.80 per month for different sized systems. The program will remain open until aggregate subscriptions account for 0.25% of previous year retail sales.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name David Donovan
Department Xcel Energy Services
Division Regulatory Policy
Address 10 East Doty, Suite 511
Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53703
Phone (608) 280-7308

Email david.d.donovan@xcelenergy.com

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

Authority 1: Advanced Renewable Energy Purchase Tariff
Date Effective 2012-01-01

  • 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)"