For Immediate Release: November 4, 2011
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Energy Commission Re-Launches Incentives for Small Wind and Fuel Cells

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission approved new guidelines that protect California consumers and industry and brings resolution to the DyoCore complaint. The Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) was temporarily suspended in March 2011 so the Energy Commission could address deficiencies with the program requirements and review the guidelines.

"The resolution with DyoCore and updates to the program guidebook led the Energy Commission to lift the suspension of the Emerging Renewables Program and will start accepting new applications beginning November 9, 2011," said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. "Our thorough review of the program has been necessary to protect consumers and ensure efficient use of ratepayer dollars."

The new guidebook will honor the higher rebate of $3 per watt for the first 120 days after the Guidebook is approved beginning November 2, 2011. After 120 days, the rebate level will be reduced to $2.50 per watt for the first 10 kilowatts of a small wind system's generating capacity. The Energy Commission will consider extending the higher rebate amount to 180 days at the November 16, 2011 Business Meeting.

The major changes of the guidebook revision also require that rebates cannot exceed 50 percent of the net purchase price of the system and small wind turbines must receive third-party certification to be listed on the eligibility list. To protect remaining funds in the ERP, the Energy Commission is dividing the total estimated rebate funds of $20 million evenly between the wind and fuel cell industry.

The DyoCore resolution included the Commission dismissing staff's complaint as DyoCore agreed that the information they provided for the SolAir turbine to be listed was inaccurate.

The resolution also includes the following elements:

  • The removal of the DyoCore turbine from the Energy Commission's list of eligible wind turbines;
  • Treatment of the 455 complete applications that are identified as using the DyoCore turbine must re-apply under the new guidebook, but will retain their place in the queue for 180 days. If applicants fail to re-apply, then they will lose their place in the queue;
  • Payment of 249 rebate reservations for actual and provable costs incurred as of October 11, 2011 to consumers, retailers, and distributors, including finance and interest charges through the date the payment claim is submitted to the State Controller's Office or November 15, 2011, whichever occurs first.

The revised ERP Guidebook is available at:
www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/emerging_renewables/

Background information about the DyoCore Complaint is available at:
www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/emerging_renewables/11-cai-03/



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