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07/19/2010 10:48 AM     print story email story  

TVA Restarts Distributed Generation PIlot Program News

The Tennessee Valley Authority has resumed enrollments in its Generation Partners pilot program for renewable electricity projects of up to one megawatt (MW) in generation capacity to help encourage the development of solar, wind and other non-traditional electricity sources.

TVA briefly held up new Generation Partner enrollment in June to adjust to overwhelming customer response and develop a plan for addressing the large number of projects proposed. The surge in applications came in April after TVA began approving participation in advance to make it easier for customers to finance projects.

TVA recently resumed enrollment of projects of 200 kilowatts or less. Under the announced changes, qualifying solar, wind, biomass or hydroelectric projects of up to 999 kilowatts will be eligible for the Generation Partners incentives, which include a $1,000 payment to offset startup costs. In addition, TVA will buy 100% of the green power that participants produce, paying the retail rate, plus any fuel cost adjustment, and a premium per kilowatt-hour, depending on the type of renewable energy produced.

TVA said it will process all participation agreements submitted by Aug. 31 for qualifying systems from 201 kilowatts up to 999 kilowatts.

The existing pilot project will remain in place for systems of up to 200 kilowatts or less. TVA also will extend the deadline to install approved projects from six months to one year for all systems larger than 200 kilowatts.

After these adjustments are in place, longer-term modifications will be considered to accommodate ongoing growth and interest in projects greater than 200 kilowatts.

"TVA is responding rapidly to fulfill the commitments we have made in recent months to the distributors and developers seeking to participate in Generation Partners," said John Trawick, senior vice president for Commercial Operations and Pricing.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia--an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million.


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