The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has updated its Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) by modifying the program's eligibility criteria, incentive amounts and payment structures.
Eligibility for participation in the SGIP will now be based on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. Technologies that achieve reductions in GHG emissions will be eligible for the program, including wind turbines, fuel cells, organic rankine cycle/waste heat capture, pressure reduction turbines, advanced energy storage, and combined heat and power gas turbines, micro-turbines and internal combustion engines.
Participants will receive up-front and performance-based incentives, which will apply only to the portion of the generation that serves a project's on-site electric load.
The changes to the SGIP will apply only to projects going forward. Existing SGIP projects will continue to receive the same incentives they were receiving prior to this decision and will continue to operate under the existing SGIP rules. Eligible projects that were completed between Jan. 1, and the effective date of this decision will be subject to the program rules that were in place during that time, the CPUC says.