Combined Heat and Power Partnership
NC GreenPower Production Incentive
|Date Last Updated||11/16/2012|
|Incentive Type||Production Incentive|
|Incentive Administrator/Contact Office||NC GreenPower|
|Incentive Initiation Date||1/28/2003|
|Incentive Size and Funding Source||NC GreenPower, a statewide green power program designed to encourage the use of renewable energy in North Carolina, offers production payments for grid-tied electricity generated by renewable sources, including biomass. Payment arrangements for electricity generated by most renewable energy systems may be available by submitting proposals for consideration when NC GreenPower issues an RFP.|
Generators are required to enter into power-purchase agreements with their North Carolina electric utility and with NC GreenPower. However, because premiums paid to NC GreenPower are funded exclusively by voluntary contributions from North Carolina electric customers, NC GreenPower does not provide guaranteed contracts to generators. Production incentives are based on the amount expected to make the installation of renewable-energy systems approach economic feasibility. The incentives, which include payments from utility power-purchase agreements, are made on a per-kWh basis and vary by technology. Some North Carolina utilities charge an interconnection fee of approximately $4.00 per month for systems under 10 kW.
|Eligible Recipient||Owners of renewable energy generators in North Carolina.|
|Eligible Fuel||Woody Biomass; Biogas; Landfill Gas; Other|
|Eligible Project Size (MW)||Does Not Specify|
|Minimum Efficiency Required (%)||Does Not Specify|
|Utility||Dominion North Carolina Power, Duke Energy and Progress Energy|
|Other Incentive Details||Generators may bid into the program either in response to a public solicitation for resources or to be added for consideration in the Brokered Bids product. At the current time, no open competitive bids are being accepted for any large projects.|
NC GreenPower is an independent, nonprofit organization created by state-government officials, electric utilities, nonprofit organizations, consumers, renewable-energy advocates and other stakeholders. It began operation in October 2003 as the first statewide green-power program in the United States. North Carolina's three investor-owned utilities -- Dominion North Carolina Power, Duke Energy and Progress Energy -- and many of the state's municipal utilities and electric cooperatives are participating in the NC GreenPower Program.