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Energy Incentive Programs, Georgia

October 29, 2013 - 11:29am

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Updated December 2012

Georgia utilities collectively budgeted over $30 million for energy efficiency and load management programs in 2011.

What public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs are available in my state?

Georgia has no public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs.

What utility energy efficiency programs are available to me?

Through its earth¢ents program, Georgia Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, offers a variety of prescriptive rebates for energy-efficient equipment and building upgrades. Rebates are provided for lighting, HVAC, building envelope improvements, water heaters, heat pumps, and food service equipment.

What load management/demand response options are available to me?

Georgia Power a set of real-time pricing programs. In one set of options under this service, customers are alternatively credited or charged for electricity usage below or above a pre-determined customer baseline load (CBL). Participants may choose to pay for these differences from their CBL based on either day-ahead or hour-ahead market pricing. Furthermore, customers may also select from a variety of price protection products, including caps, collars, contracts for differences, index swaps, and index caps. These variants on the basic real time pricing service are risk management tools that customers can use as a hedge during possible periods of higher real time electricity prices.

Through Georgia Power's Demand Plus Energy Credit Rider, customers are credited between $3.50 and $6.25 per kW (depending on the number of hours they are willing to curtail) during summer months for reducing from their average demand to a firm demand level, and are also remunerated for actual energy reductions at $0.16 per kWh. Curtailment requests can be issued with as little as 30 minutes notice. There are significant penalties for non-compliance.

What distributed energy resource options are available to me?

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) provides information on programs that offer incentives for renewable distributed generation. The following programs may be of interest to federal customers:

Under Georgia Power's Solar Buyback Program and Schedule SP-1, commercial customers with PV arrays up to 100 kW are paid for the systems' output at 17¢/kWh.

Through the Green Power Switch Generation Partners Program, TVA will provide an up-front incentive of $1,000 and then purchase the output of a solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass, or small hydropower installation of up to 50 kW for ten years. (Note that the maximum installation size for new projects under the Generation Partners Program has been reduced from 200 kW to 50 kW. Larger systems may qualify for the Renewable Standard Offer (see below)). The remuneration rates are $0.12/kWh above the retail rate for solar installations and $0.03/kWh above the retail rate for the other renewables. Purchases must be brokered by a participating power distributor (generally, utilities that purchase TVA power).

TVA's Renewable Standard Offer program provides power purchase plans of up to 20 years to developers of renewable projects (biomass combustion, biomass gasification, methane recovery, wind and solar) greater than 50 kW and up to 20 MW in size. Rates paid, which average about 5.5¢/kWh, are based on seasonal time-of-day averages. The energy seller must provide TVA with project financing and interconnection agreements as well as metering installation plans, and must sign over title to RECs and other environmental attributes generated by the system. The program has a production limit of 100 MW total, with no more than 50% of the total coming from any one renewable technology).

Georgia grants a sales and use tax exemption to biomass power plants. While federal customers do not pay taxes and thus cannot utilize the incentive directly, contractors that develop biomass plants at federal sites with power purchase agreements may be able to take advantage of the exemption and share the benefit with their federal customers.

Are there energy efficiency programs sponsored by state government?

The Energy Resources Division at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority administers several energy efficiency programs. However, none of these programs is currently available to federal customers.

What additional opportunities are available to me?

Federal customers whose utilities have area-wide supply contracts through GSA (such as AGL Resources, Atmos Energy, and Georgia Power) may be able to take advantage of 3rd-party financed energy efficiency projects called utility energy services contracts (UESCs). Information is available on GSA's Energy Center of Expertise Library Page. Federal facilities should contact their account executive to determine the level of each utility's participation.

NOTE: Energy efficiency funds and demand response programs are updated at least annually. 

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