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GMP - Biomass Electricity Production Incentive   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/04/2012
Program Overview:
State: Vermont
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion
Applicable Sectors: Agricultural
Amount:$0.04 per kWh
Maximum Incentive:None
Terms:Five-year contract; RECs transfer to utility
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Utility
Funding Source:Cow Power tariff
Start Date:10/2004
Web Site:
Authority 1:
30 V.S.A. ยง 8003
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Vermont Public Service Board Order, Docket No. 6933
Green Mountain Power Corporation (GMP), Vermont's largest electric utility, offers a production incentive to farmers who own systems utilizing anaerobic digestion of agricultural products, byproducts or wastes to generate electricity. GMP purchases the renewable energy credits for up to $0.04 per kWh with full subscription of the GMP voluntary Cow Power tariff. Attributes associated with production in excess of voluntary customer demand will be sold on the regional market where possible. The farmers sell the electricity as a separate commodity under the Vermont Standard Offer Program. Eligible systems must be connected to the grid, although net metering is another option for farmers, it is not available under this arrangement.
GMP sells the renewable energy credits (RECs) and other environmental attributes (i.e. Carbon Credit) generated under this arrangement as part of GMP Cow Power, the utility's green power program. This program offers customers the opportunity to purchase renewable energy for $0.04 per kWh above the retail cost of electricity under any rate class as a tariff rider.


  Dave Dunn
Green Mountain Power Corporation
67 Merchants Row, Suite 104
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 353-1456
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