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Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity Rebate and Performance Incentive   

Last DSIRE Review: 04/26/2013
Program Overview:
State: New York
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Anaerobic Digestion
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Tribal Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Capacity Incentive: $1,000 per kW, but shall not exceed $850,000 or 50% of the total capital expenses
Production Incentive: $0.10/kWh production payment for new systems for up to 3 years (estimated using a capacity factor of 75%)
Maximum Incentive:Total Incentive: $1 million per host site (combined production and capacity incentives)
Eligible System Size:Minimum: 100 kW
Maximum: Generally limited by net metering limit for net metered systems (1 MW) or the customer's peak connected load (may be adjusted on a case-by-case basis if recognized public benefits exist)
Equipment Requirements:Under the current solicitation, only new systems are eligible for incentives
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:NYSERDA
Funding Source:RPS surcharge; NYPA
Program Budget:$13.3 million (2011)
$12 million (2012)
$11.6 million (2013)
$10.2 million (2014)
10.2 million (2015)
Expiration Date:12/31/2015 (most recent solicitation)
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Note: Under Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2276, the program is now accepting applications until December 31, 2015 or until the funds are fully committed.  Incentive amounts have been changed from the previous PON 2684.

The Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity program is designed to support small-sized electricity generation where the energy generated is used primarily at the electric customer's location (third-party project ownership structures are permitted). This program is a part of New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer Sided Tier and is administed by New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA).

Customer eligibility is generally limited to those that that pay the RPS surcharge on their electric bills (i.e., customers of the state's major investor-owned utilities). The electricity generated under the program will be counted towards the Customer-Sited Tier (CST) portion of the state RPS. The current PON 2276 extend the previous soliciation period through December 31, 2015.  A total of $57 million has been authorized to fund incentive payments through 2015 (annual budgets range from roughly $10 - $13 million), limited to $1 million per Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG) system. Under PON 2276 the maximum incentive amount has been reduced to $1 million from previous maximum incentive of $2 million under PON 2684.

Eligible system size is limited to either: (1) the capacity eligibility limit on farm based electricity generating equipment under New York's net metering law which is currently set at 1 megawatt (MW), or (2) the customer's approximate Peak Connected Load. The peak load limitation may be adjusted if NYSERDA determines that public benefits or practical considerations argue in favor of a higher limit. In order to participate in this program, applicants must comply with all program rules, procedures, and eligibility requirements, submit all required forms and supplemental documentation, and enter into a Standard Performance Contract Agreement with NYSERDA. Applicants must also adhere to measurement and verification requirements throughout the term of the Agreement.

The total incentive available under the current PON 2276 includes several elements. The capacity based incentives include distinct incentives for both the digester and generator components of a system, as well as certain additional system components or capabilities. In summary, the available incentives are as follows (see PON 2684 for further details):

  • Fixed Capacity Incentive: $1,000 per kilowatt (kW) and shall not exceed $850,000 or 50% of the total eligible capital expenses
  • Performance-Based Incentive: $0.10/kilowatt-hour (kWh) on up to 3 years of verified electricity production using a 75% capacity factor or substract total capacity incentive from $1 million; whichever is lower.

NYSERDA counts the environmental attributes associated with energy production by funded systems towards the state RPS target for the life of the system. For further program details, including application materials and information on additional requirements, visit the program web site listed at the top of this page.

  Tom Feisinger
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
Phone: (518) 862-1090 Ext.3218
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