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					Colorado Harvesting Energy Network
             Small Wind Workshop
       West Greeley Conservation District
                 June 30, 2009

                     Jonathan Moore
        Director, Renewable Energy Development
              Workshop Outline
Colorado Harvesting Energy Network
   –    Welcome
   –    CHEN: Who are we?
   –    Community-based development
   –    Small Wind development
   –    Grants and Incentives

REA – Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association
   – Net metering
   – Rebate program
   – Interconnection Requirements

Equipment – Endurance Wind Power/ Colorado Equipment
Weld County Permitting –

  Colorado Harvesting Energy Network

• CHEN is a state-wide non-profit
  association with a mission to facilitate the
  development of community-based
  renewable energy projects.

• Contrasted with large projects developed
  by out-of-state corporations. Our emphasis
  is on keeping our energy dollars home:
     • Local suppliers
     • Local installers
     • Local ownership
CHEN Role for Energy Development
in partnership with state agencies, utilities, distributed
generation entrepreneurs, individuals, communities
1. Statewide network (Board of Directors)

2. Local Education & Outreach (Rebecca Cantwell)

3. Public Policy – PUC (John Covert)

4. Project Development (Jonathan Moore)
   –   Solar and wind on irrigation pumps
   –   Small hydro generation with irrigation water
   –   Community wind development/siting (utility scale)
   –   Community “greening initiatives”
   –   Energy Efficiency
Colorado Wind Resource Map
    Turbine Sizes and Applications
                       (Kilowatts, KW)
Small Wind, Kilowatts = kW (Behind the meter)

            (≥10kW)                  (10-250 kW)
            • Homes                  • Businesses
            • Farms
                                     • Farms
            • Remote
             Applications            • Village Power

Wholesale Wind Energy
(660 kW – 2+ Megawatts)
• Corporate Wind Farms
• Community Wind (local ownership)
        Steps to Implement a
         Small Wind Project
1. Assess your electricity consumption, energy
   load analysis
2. Evaluate your wind resource & micro-siting
3. Select turbine size (model) and tower height
4. Incentives & economics
5. Zoning (including neighbor notification)
6. Utility interconnection agreement
7. Building permit
8. Order turbine and tower
9. Installation
   Renewable Portfolio Standards
             Amendment 37 & HB 1281
            Vote of people vs. Legislature
• Requires Colorado utilities (>40,000 customers)
  to generate or purchase a percentage of their
  electricity from renewable sources.
• 15% by 2015, 20% by 2020
• Cooperative Electric Assoc & Municipal owned
  Utilities (MOU) 6% by 2015, 10% by 2020
• Tradable renewable energy credits (REC) may
  be used to satisfy the standard.
• Community-based project – (1.5 X multiplier)
               Grant Programs
• USDA Section 9007 Grants
  (Rural Energy for America Program (REAP))
  – Grants up to 25% of cost
  – Guaranteed Loans up to 50% of cost
  – Contact USDA Rural Development Office

• USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Innovative conservation technologies
  • Competitive grants
  • Contact USDA – NRCS

• Colorado Department of Agriculture ACRE Grants
  – Renewable Energy Grant Program for Agriculture Producers
    (Supports Feasibility Studies, Project Development, Research)
  – Grants up to $100,000
  – Contact Colorado Department of Agriculture (303-239-4100)
             Incentive Programs
• American Recovery and Re-Investment Act.
   – Small wind tax credit. Deduct 30% of the installed
     cost from their tax liability with no cost cap.

• Small Wind Rebate Program
     • GEO currently contracts with five utility providers

• Net Metering (House Bill 08-1160)
      • Rural electric and municipal utilities (>5,000 Cust)
        10 kW for Residential Systems
      • 25 kW for Commercial/Industrial
          – Credited at full kW hour rate
          – Monthly roll over
          – Annual “true up” – REA options

                      Stimulus Dollars
       • State Energy Plan ($49M) - Budget
         submitted to DOE May 15th. Solicitations for
         proposals and vendors may be sent in July
            – Residential, commercial, government, schools

       • Energy Conservation Block Grant ($42M –
         $9.5 to the GEO, remainder to be entitled to
         communities) Deadline for GEO to submit
         plan for allocation is May 26th. Funds will not
         be available for at least 60 days afterwards.
• American Wind Energy Association
• Database of state incentives for renewable
• Governor’s Energy Office
• Colorado Harvesting Energy Network
       Questions about REAP

• April Dahlager, USDA RD
Colorado Harvesting Energy Network
  • John Covert, Executive Director
  • Rebecca Cantwell, Communication
  • Jonathan Moore, RE Development

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