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Rhode Island

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Distributed Generation Standard Contracts   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/02/2014
Program Overview:
State: Rhode Island
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Ocean Thermal, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:2014 Ceiling Rates
PV (50-200 kW): 25.75 cents/kWh
PV (201-500 kW): 25.90 cents/kWh
PV (501-1,250 kW): 22.25 cents/kWh
Wind (50-999 kW): 15.55 cents/kWh
Wind (1,000- 1,500 kW): 16.35 cents/kWh
Anaerobic Digestion (50-500 kW): 17.70 cents/kWh
Small Scale Hydropower (50-500kW): 17.25 cents/kWh
Maximum Incentive:Higher incentives are provided for systems not including Bonus Depreciation, and for systems not including federal tax incentives
Terms:15-year standard contract with fixed payment rate
Eligible System Size:Varies by enrollment period; maximum statutory system size is 3 MW, minimum statutory system size is 50 kW
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Projects must register with NEPOOL-GIS and designate National Grid to receive all RECs
Start Date:2011
Expiration Date:12/30/2014
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
R.I. Gen. Laws ยง 39-26.2-1 et seq.
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 5803

NOTE: The third enrollment period for standard contracts for 2014 closed on November 7.

Rhode Island enacted legislation (H.B. 6104) in June 2011 establishing a feed-in tariff for new distributed renewable energy generators up to three megawatts (MW) in capacity. The law requires electric distribution companies to enter into standard contracts for an aggregate capacity of at least 40 MW by the end of 2014. Standard contracts include a fixed payment rate and a 15-year term, and generally vary by generator capacity and type.

Eligible renewables include solar energy, wind energy, ocean-thermal energy, geothermal energy, small hydropower, biomass facilities that maintain compliance with current air permits,* and fuel cells using renewable resources. Separate classes have been established for “large” generators and “small” generators. Small generators include solar energy systems between 50 kilowatts (kW) and 500 kW, and wind energy systems between 50 kW and 1.5 MW. The Distributed Generation Standard Contract Board will determine capacity limits for other “small” systems, but limits may not exceed 1 MW. (The Board is authorized to modify this program in several ways, as specified in the authorizing legislation.) Payment rates vary by system size and type.

The contracting period is spread over four years. The following annual minimum targets for standard contracts have been established:

  • By December 30, 2011: 5 MW of aggregate capacity
  • By December 30, 2012: 20 MW of aggregate capacity
  • By December 30, 2013: 30 MW of aggregate capacity
  • By December 30, 2014: 40 MW of aggregate capacity

The Board must set ceiling prices by October 15 for the following calendar year. Each electric distribution company must conduct one standard contract enrollment period in 2011 and at least three enrollment periods in subsequent program years. Each enrollment period will be open for two weeks.

Eligible small and large projects will be assessed separately, and projects from each class will be awarded standard contracts based on the lowest proposed prices received. Eligible systems that are net-metered may apply to sell excess output.

* Waste-to-energy combustion systems are explicitly excluded.

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