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Feed-in Tariff Program Rules

Participating utilities: SCE, PG&E, SDG&E, PacifiCorp, Sierra Pacific Power Company (Sierra), Bear Valley Electric Service Division (Bear Valley) of Golden State Water Company, and Mountain Utilities (MU).

Program cap: 500 MW, allocated according to the share of 2005 coincident peak demand. See detailed allocation information.

Price:  The price is the MPR for the date the contract is signed and the year that the project will come online.  SCE, PG&E, SDG&E and PacifiCorp use time of use (TOU) factors for calculating price; Sierra, Bear Valley and MU may use an annual average rate. 

Project Size Limit: 

SCE, PG&E and SDG&E offer the feed-in tariffs to projects with an effective capacity of not more than 1.5 MW.

PacifiCorp, Sierra, BVES and MU offer the feed-in tariffs to projects with an effective capacity of not more than 1.0 MW.

Eligible Renewable Generation: To qualify for the feed-in tariffs, the electric generation facility must be an eligible renewable energy resource as defined in PU Code Section 399.12, which covers all renewable generation technologies, including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, small hydro, and fuel cells that use renewable fuels.

Contract Term: 10, 15, or 20 years

CSI, SGIP, and Net Metering:  Participants may not simultaneously obtain benefits from both the feed-in tariff and the California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program, net metering, or other similar programs. 

Full Buy/Sell or Excess Sales:  SCE, PG&E and SDG&E offer the customer the choice of either full buy/sell or excess sales, to be selected by the customer.  Other utilities shall offer full buy/sell, and may offer an excess sales option to be selected by the customer.   Full buy/sell is the export of all the electric generation.  The excess sales option first offsets load and then exports any excess generation to the utility.

Initial Operation: The utility has the right to terminate the contract if the seller has not achieved commercial operation in 18 months from execution date.  The seller must be given reasonable notice and opportunity to address concerns before termination is effective.

Interconnection:  Participants must follow the FERC-approved small-generator interconnection procedures if interconnecting to the transmission grid, or Commission-approved Rule 21 if interconnecting to the distribution grid.  In all cases, the utility must respond to an interconnection request on a timely basis and without unreasonable delay. 

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Last Modified: 11/17/2010

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