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




                     Jonathan Moore
        Director, Renewable Energy Development
                      303-324-2346
            jwmoore@workinglandscapes.com
                  www.harvestenergy.org
              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

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

Q&A
  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)
Examples:
   –   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
10.Commissioning
   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
Timeline:
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                      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.
           Resources/Links
• American Wind Energy Association
  – http://www.awea.org/smallwind
• Database of state incentives for renewable
  energy
  – http://www.dsireusa.org/index.cfm
• Governor’s Energy Office
  – http://www.colorado.gov/energy
• Colorado Harvesting Energy Network
  – http://www.harvestenergy.org
       Questions about REAP

• www.farmenergy.org
• www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill
• April Dahlager, USDA RD
   april.dahlager@co.usda.gov
   www.rurdev.usda.gov/co/
Colorado Harvesting Energy Network
  • John Covert, Executive Director
  • Rebecca Cantwell, Communication
  • Jonathan Moore, RE Development
            303-283-3524
         www.harvestenergy.org

				
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