The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is now offering an energy efficiency and renewable energy revolving loan fund called AlabamaSAVES. The funds are available to businesses and industries located in Alabama for retrofitting existing facilities. A variety of technologies are eligible; see the [https://dl.dropbox.com/s/4da0nh883z22c0q/AlabamaSAVES-TechnicalGuide.pdf program technical guide] for details.
In June 2009, West Virginia enacted an ''Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard'' that requires investor-owned utilities (IOUs)* with more than 30,000 residential customers to supply 25% of retail electric sales from eligible alternative and renewable energy resources by 2025.
'''''Note: For a limited time, generators of 6 kilowatts or less of renewable energy can now take advantage of a premium $0.10 per kilowatt hour. This premium is available on a first-come-first-serve basis to generators of solar, wind, hydro or biomass-based electricity.'''''
Nevada's [http://www.dsireusa.org/library/includes/incentive2.cfm?Incentive_Code=N... Energy Portfolio Standard] requires the state's two investor-owned utilities, Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power, to derive or save a minimum percentage of the electricity they sell from renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures. Included in the standard is a Portfolio Energy Credit (PEC) trading program.
The state of New York began offering a corporate income tax credit for biodiesel purchases used for residential space heating and water heating beginning in 2006. The original credit was authorized for only one year from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. However, in 2008 the law was amended to reinstate the credit for purchases made between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011. The window was extended through December 31, 2016 by A.B. 7793 in October 2011.
The state of New York began offering a personal income tax credit for biodiesel purchases used for residential space heating and water heating beginning in 2006. The original credit was authorized for only one year from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. However, in 2008 the law was amended to reinstate the credit for purchases made between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011. At this point it expired, but was extended again in July 2012 through the end of 2016.
'''''NOTE: This model ordinance was designed to provide guidance to local governments that wish to develop their own siting rules for renewable energy projects. While it was developed by the Oregon Department of Energy, the model itself has no legal or regulatory authority.'''''
The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) offers loans to small and mid-sized businesses, non-profits, schools and municipalities to improve energy efficiency through its Energy Efficient Enterprises program. Commercial loans can be used to purchase a wide-variety of equipment and to pay for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations. The micro-loans (up to $10,000, paid back within 4 years) may be used for lighting upgrades and the purchase of energy efficient, ENERGY STAR appliances.
Note: Legislation enacted in May 2012 (HB 1296) allowed combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems to account for up to 4 MW of the state's aggregate net-metering capacity limit of 50 MW. This new law took effect July 13, 2012.
In February 2004, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission adopted interconnection standards for distributed generation (DG) systems up to 15 megawatts (MW) in capacity. All investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and municipal utilities are required to abide by the standard provisions. Electric cooperatives are encouraged -- but not required -- to adopt the state standards. The rules categorize DG systems by capacity and provide for several levels of interconnection review, as follows: