Renewable producers receive incentive pay

Issue 1 and Volume 101.

Renewable producers receive incentive pay

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the 1996 incentive payments to renewable energy generation facilities under the Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI) program. Four state-owned, six city-owned and one cooperative-owned facility received $2.4 million in incentive payments for producing electricity from renewable energy sources in fiscal-year 1995.

REPI, established to advance the commercialization and use of renewable energy electricity generation systems, provides incentive payments of $0.015 per kWh. Qualified facilities generating and selling electricity via solar, wind, biomass and certain types of geothermal resources can participate in the program.

Total energy produced by these utilities in 1995 was 152.61 million kWh. Of the 11 facilities receiving production incentive payments, two use wind and four use photovoltaic solar energy sources. The remaining five use landfill methane for electricity production.