Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Program Web Site

AEPS Website - The AEPS website provides a portal for the application and registration of alternative energy facilities that qualify for the AEPS program. It also assists in the management of AECs (Alternative Energy Credits) produced by small customer-owned generators and energy efficiency measures, and facilitates the trade of AECs from customer-owned generators and energy efficiency measures through a regional bulletin board.

AEPS Credit Compliance Summit

The PUC is hosted an AEPS Credit Compliance Summit on June 17, 2010.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the various roles in ensuring AEPS compliance and how the EDCs and EGSs can fulfill their AEPS obligations.

Summit Agenda

CEEP Opening Remarks

 Clean Power Markets

PJM

 CEEP Quarterly Adjustment

CEEP Sales Data

Secretarial Letter - Notice of the AEPS Credit Compliance Summit. Dated June 1, 2010.

Pricing for AEC Sales

2012/2013 Alternative Energy Credit Pricing

AEC Type

Weighted Average Price

Price Range

ACP

Solar PV

$109.23

$5.50 - $600.00

$218.47

Tier I

$8.31

$0.13 - $100.00

$45.00

Tier II

$0.22

$0.01 - $20.00

$45.00

 

2011/2012 Alternative Energy Credit Pricing

AEC Type

Weighted Average Price

Price Range

ACP

Solar PV

$180.39

$10.00 - $675.00

$360.79

Tier I

$5.23

$0.20 - $23.00

$45.00

Tier II

$0.17

$0.01 - $5.00

$45.00

2010/2011 Alternative Energy Credit Pricing

AEC Type

Weighted Average Price

Price Range

ACP

Solar PV

$247.82

$25.00 - $653.00

$495.81

Tier I

$3.94

$0.14 - $50.00

$45.00

Tier II

$0.22

$0.001 - $20.00

$45.00

2009/2010 Alternative Energy Credit Pricing

AEC Type

Weighted Average Price

Price Range

ACP

Solar PV

$325.00

$235 - $415

$654.37

Tier I

$4.77

$.50 - $24.15

$45

Tier II

$.32

$.01 - $1.75

$45

2008/2009 Alternative Energy Credit Pricing

AEC Type

Weighted Average Price

Price Range

ACP

Solar PV

$260.19

$225 - $690

$550.15

Tier I

$3.65

$.50 - $23

$45

Tier II

$.36

$.20 - $1.75

$45

Please note that the credit price information is derived from credits used for AEPS PA compliance in the 2007/2008 compliance year.

2007/2008 Alternative Energy Credit Pricing

 

Weighted Average Price

Price Range

SREC

$230.00

$50-$350

Tier I

$4.48

$1-$20.50

Tier II

$ .66

$.25-$3

The Solar ACP is $528.34

Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004

On November 30, 2004, Governor Edward Rendell signed Act 213 into law. Generally, Act 213 requires that electric distribution companies and electric generation suppliers include a specific percentage of electricity from alternative resources in the generation that they sell to Pennsylvania customers. The level of alternative energy required gradually increases according to a fifteen year schedule found in Act 213. While Act 213, does not mandate exactly which resources must be utilized and in what quantities, certain minimum thresholds must be met for the use of Tier I , Tier II, and solar photovoltaic resources.

Proposed Rulemaking Order

Proposed Rulemaking Order - On February 20, 2014, the Commission adopted a Proposed Rulemaking Order at Docket No. L-2014-2404361, proposing revisions to the Commissions existing Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards regulations pertaining to the net metering, interconnection and portfolio standards provisions, as well as clarifying issues of law, administrative procedure and policy. 

The Proposed Rulemaking Order was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on July 5, 2014 at 44 Pa.B. 4179.  Comments on the Proposed Rulemaking may be submitted to the Commission’s Secretary through August 4, 2014.

Final Order 

Final Order - This final order establishes procedures and guidelines that certain low-impact hydropower facilities and generators in Pennsylvania utilizing by-products of pulping and wood manufacturing processes must follow to qualify as a Tier I resource.  It also establishes reporting requirements for EDCs and EGSs, as well as, related procedures to adjust the Tier I percentage requirements on a quarterly basis.  From the Public Meeting of May 28, 2009.

Tentative Order - Seeking comments on proposed procedures for qualifying Pennsylvania based low-impact hydropower and wood manufacturing facilities as Tier I alternative energy resources, and increasing Tier I requirements to account for the new qualifying facilities.  Comments are due May 7, 2009.  Please reference Docket No. M-2009-2093382 when filing comments to this proposal.

Comments on Tentative Order

Iberdrola Renewables

PA Renewable

Constellation NewEnergy

UGI Electric

Allegheny Power

 

Annual Reports

2012 Annual Report - The 2012 AEPS Annual Report. Released October 2013.

2011 Annual Report  - The 2011 AEPS Annual Report. Released October 2012.

2010 Annual Report  - The 2010 AEPS Annual Report. Released August 2011.

2008-09 Annual Report - The 2008 and 2009 AEPS Annual Report. Released August 2010.

2007 Annual Report - The 2007 AEPS Annual Report. Released May 2008.

Implementation Orders

Implementation Order - The implementation of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004. Docket No. M-00051865.

Implementation Order II - Public Meeting of July 14, 2005. Docket No. M-00051865.

Act 213  - Link to the Senate Bill for Act 213.

Act 35 - Link to Act 35 of 2007, which amended the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (new language).

Final Rulemaking Order  - Implementation of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004. Public Meeting of September 25, 2008, at Docket No. L-00060180.

Standards for the Participation of Demand Side Management Resources –Final Order

Act 213 includes demand side management, energy efficiency and load management programs and technologies among the resources eligible for participation in Pennsylvania’s alternative energy market. These standards govern the tracking and verification of DSM/EE measures and will also be used to measure and verify applicable DSM/EE measures used by EDCs to meet the Act 129 consumption and peak demand reduction targets.

Final 2010 Order for TRM - 2010 order updating the Technical Reference Manual at Docket No. M-00051865, adopted at the June 3, 2010 public meeting. 

2010 Technical Reference Manual

  1. 2010 Technical Reference Manual Data Tables and Forms
  2. Appendix C – Lighting Audit and Design Tool 
  3. Appendix D – Motor & VFD Inventory Form

2010 TRM Update Tentative Order  - Docket No. M-00051865, adopted at the January 28, 2010 public meeting.

Comments on Tentative Order

Field Diagnostic Services

Duquesne Light

PECO Energy

UGI Distribution Companies

FirstEnergy Companies

PPL Electric

Energy Association of PA

Constellation Energy

Allegheny Power

 


Reply Comments on Tentative Order

Allegheny Power                 

Energy Association of PA

FirstEnergy Companies

PECO Energy

2009 Final Order and Technical Manual - 2009 update to the Technical Resource Manual at Docket No. M-00051865, adopted at the May 28, 2009 public meeting.

Final Order and Technical Manual  - Docket No. M-00051865 from the public meeting of September 29, 2005. 

Net Metering Standards

The Commission has published a final rulemaking order which promotes onsite generation by customer-generators using renewable resources and eliminates barriers which may have previously existed regarding net metering. The regulations also provide for metering capabilities that will be required and a compensation mechanism which reimburses customer-generators for surplus energy supplied to the electric grid.

Net Metering Order - Use of Third Party Operators - Docket No. M-2011-2249441, from the Public Meeting of March 29, 2012.

Annual Net Metering/Interconnection Report Form  - For the reporting period from June 1, (Year) to May 31, (Year).

Electric Generation Supplier (EGS) Annual Reporting Requirements - Memo to licensed EGSs in Pennsylvania, dated Sept. 26, 2013.

EGS Annual Net Metering Report - Form to submit to the PUC for the reporting period from June 1, (Year) to May 31, (Year).

Final Omitted Rulemaking Order (Net Metering)  - Docket No. L-00050174. These regulations were published in thePennsylvania Bulletin on Nov. 29, 2008 and are legally effective as of that date.

Final Rulemaking Order (Net Metering)  - Docket No. M-00051865 and L-00050174. These regulations were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Dec. 16, 2006 and are legally effective as of that date.

Net-Metering & Interconnection Reports

Net-Metering & Interconnection Report 2011-13 - Dated November 2013.

 

Interconnection Rules - Standards

The Commission has published a final rulemaking order which establishes regulations governing interconnection for customer-generators. The regulations have been drafted with a view towards promoting onsite generation by customer-generators using renewable resources, consistent with the over-arching goal of the Act. The regulations strive to eliminate barriers which may have previously existed with regard to interconnection while ensuring that interconnection by customer-generators will not pose unnecessary risks to the electric distribution systems in the Commonwealth.

Technical Contacts

Interconnection Technical Contacts  - List of technical contacts for utilities and the PUC. Dated October 28, 2011.

PUC Contact Information - Contact the Bureau of Technical Utility Services' Energy Planning Section at (717) 425-7584 or ra-aeps@state.pa.us.

Annual Net Metering/Interconnection Report Form  - For the reporting period from June 1, (Year) to May 31, (Year).

Notice of Interconnection Standards Working Group Meeting - Sent via email on Monday, Oct. 30, 2006.

Final Rulemaking Order (Interconnection) - Docket No. M-00051865 and L-00050175, dated Sept. 15, 2006. These regulations were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Dec. 16, 2006 and are legally effective as of that date.

Interconnection Application Forms

The regulations regarding the Interconnection Standards provide that standard interconnection forms will be used and posted on electric distribution companies (EDC) websites. Docket No. M-00051865.

Interconnection Agreement/Application  - Order and final applications and agreements for Level 1 Review (Certified Inverter-based Units of 10 kW and under) and  Level 2,3,4 Review (Generation up to 5,000 kW.) Public meeting of Feb. 26, 2009.

Interconnection Application Fees

A policy statement was adopted on Feb. 26, 2009, that sets forth the standard application fees for Level 1 through Level 4 for reviews of generating facilities and completion of the interconnection pursuant to the Commission's regulations of 52 Pa. Code 75.21-75.51.

Policy Statement - From the Public Meeting of Feb. 26, 2009. Docket No. M-00051865.

Net Metering & Interconnection Rules -- Revisions

On December 15, 2006, the Commission adopted net metering and interconnection rules in Chapter 75 of Pa. Code Title 52 that became effective on December 16, 2006. These rules were promulgated in compliance with the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS). The AEPS Act was amended with the passage of Act 35 of 2007, on July 17, 2007. Act 35 of 2007 amended several provisions of the AEPS Act, including those relating to the definition of customer-generator, the reconciliation mechanism for surplus energy supplied through net metering and the price paid for surplus energy. In an October 4, 2007 Secretarial Letter, the Commission requested comments regarding how the AEPS Act amendments should be reflected in net metering and interconnection regulations.

Alternative Energy Credit Program Administrator

Request for Proposal (RFP)

The Commission is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the services of an Alternative Energy Credits Administrator. The services of a credits administrator are needed to assist the Commission in the Implementation of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS Act) of 2004, as amended. Among the services included in the RFP are the verification of electric distribution company and electric generation supplier compliance with the minimum portfolio requirements of the AEPS Act, the calculation of Tier I requirements on a quarterly basis, the review of applications for alternative energy system status, and responding to inquiries about alternative energy credits. 

The Commission seeks the services of a credits administrator beginning in June 2010 until Dec. 31, 2013 with the option for two, one-year contract extensions.

Request for Proposal

A proposers conference  will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1 PM in Executive Chambers, on the third floor on the Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

For RFP issues, you may contact the Bureau of Technical Utility Services' Energy Planning Section for the Pennsylvania PUC at (717) 787-2139 or Fax (717) 787-2545.

Act 213 authorizes the Commission to retain the services of an alternative energy credit program administrator. The Commission released a Request for Qualifications on April 12, 2006 for parties interested in serving as the program administrator. The Commission has selected Clean Power Markets to serve as the alternative energy credits program administrator. Clean Power Markets will gradually assume the responsibilities of program administration during 2007.

RFP Proposers Conference Questions & Answers - Addendum  - The addendum to questions and answers from the RFP Proposers Conference meeting held on March 4, 2010.

RFP Proposers Conference Questions & Answers - The questions and answers from the RFP Proposers Conference meeting held on March 4, 2010.

RFP Proposers Conference Attendee List  - A list of attendees from the RFP Proposers Conference meeting held on March 4, 2010.

2006 RFP  - The 2006 RFP for Alternative Energy Credit Program Administrator.

2006 RFP Technical Proposal from CPM - The 2006 Technical Proposal from Cleam Power Markets Inc. for Alternative Energy Credit Program Administrator.

Pennsylvania Solar Projects - Working Group

The PUC has adopted a policy statement to develop a process to overcome price uncertainty of solar alternative energy credits and address barriers that could prevent new solar projects. This policy statement establishes a solar project stakeholder working group composed of representatives from EDCs, EGSs, Commission staff, public advocates, solar aggregators, solar developers and other interested stakeholders.  This working group is to explore and develop standardized contracts and other related documents for EDC purchase of SRECs from solar developers of both large- and small-scale solar projects.  The working group is to meet at least semiannually and its efforts are to be published on this web page.

Working Group Meetings

Secretarial Letter  - Announcement on the initial meeting of the Solar Projects Working Group to be held on January 27, 2011, at 1:00 pm in Hearing Room 1 in the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg.

The first conference will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2011 in Executive Chambers on the 3rd Floor of the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg. 

Any interested persons are welcome to participate. The call-in number is 1-866-618-6746 and the access code is 6060145.

Standard Contracts and Documents

The following proposed standard contracts and other documents are being published on this web page to facilitate the efforts of the solar project stakeholder working group.

Master SAEC Agreement - Change in Law example. Dated June 21, 2010. 
Master SAEC Agreement - No Changes in Law example. Dated June 21, 2010. 
SAG Solar RFP Rules - Dated June 21, 2010. 
SAG Executive Summary - Dated June 21, 2010. 

Final Policy Statement Order - Public Meeing of Sept. 16, 2010. 
Proposed Policy Statement Order - Public Meeting of Nov. 6, 2009. 
Publication in Pennsylvania Bulletin

Comments - Due by March 8, 2010

New Oxford Municipal Authority

Carlisle Area School District

ATAS International Inc.

Energy Peak

Community Energy

MASESA/PASEIA

Solar Alliance

Citizens Electric & Wellsboro Electric

Sustainable Energy Fund

Solardelphia

Office of Consumer Advocate

Office of Small Business Advocate

Gemstone

Constellation Energy

ConEdison Competitive Energy

PPL Electric

UGI Utilities

MAREA

FirstEnergy Companies

Duquesne Light

Energy Association of PA

Green Energy Capital Partners

 

Reply Comments - Due by March 23, 2010

FirstEnergy Companies

MASESA/PASEIA

Energy Association of PA

Industrial Customer Groups

Citizens' Electric and Wellsboro Electric

Gemstone

Solar Alliance

New Oxford Municipal Authority

Carlisle Area School District

West Penn Power

Wind Farm Regulations

The regulation of Pennsylvania wind farms is managed by several other state agencies. The page linked to below is maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and contains information regarding the siting and permitting of wind farms.

DCNR Wind Resources
 

AEPS Act Working Groups

AEPS Working Group - Information on AEPS Working Groups, including meeting announcements and comments on issues. 

Alternative Energy & Economic Development in PA 
A fact sheet that reviews the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act and energy credits available in Pennsylvania.

Using Alternative Energy at Home in Pennsylvania 
This fact sheet describes how residential alternative energy can connect the the electric grid