The Oklahoma renewable energy industry could use some serious improvement coming into 2012. It’s safe to say that Oklahoma has yet to give the solar industry any leadership with a renewable energy standard (RES). Only recently in May 2010 has Oklahoma adopted a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) with some pretty lack luster goals.
The goal of Oklahoma’s RPS has only set the bar at 15 percent of its energy generated by renewables by 2015 as compared to the nation’s renewable leader, California, who has established an RPS goal of 20 percent of their energy generated by renewables by 2010 (and met it) with even more ambitions to produce 33 percent by 2020. Also, there are no interim targets for their renewable energy production, and the goal of 15 percent doesn’t extend past 2015 essentially allowing for Oklahoma to fall back into a non-renewable dependence. This doesn’t even get to the limited number of incentives offered by the state to encourage renewable growth.
Although the state does have a net-metering program, and a fair amount of good incentives to commercial business to upgrade their facilities to zero carbon emissions, again Oklahoma falls well short by comparison to most states in the number of incentives, rebates, tax breaks, and loan programs that will only give consumers a reason to jump on the green band wagon.
|Program Type||Net Metering|
Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric,
|Amount||Utility's consumer rate credited to customer's next bill or granted to utility monthly|
Certification by Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), or comparable entity endorsed by the OCC,
and phone or online sign up form with current energy provider
|Official Web Site||http://www.occ.state.ok.us|
Under Order 326195, the Oklahoma Corporate Commission (OCC) has mandated that all investor owned utilities (IOU) and electric cooperatives under the OCC’s jurisdiction offer a net-metering program to eligible renewable systems owners since 1988. Net-metering is available to all customer classes with no limit on the aggregate net-metered capacity, but there is a system capacity limit of 100 kilowatts (kW), 25,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, or whichever is less.
Under the OCC order, utilities are not allowed to dish out extra charges for customers signed up for net-metering, and requiring customers to purchase liability insurance as a condition for interconnection is prohibited as well. Utilities are also not required to purchase net excess generation (NEG), but customers can request that their utility purchase NEG. If the utility agrees to buy back a customer’s NEG it will be at the utility’s avoided cost rate.
Systems must be installed and maintained in compliance with the National Electric Code (NEC), and an external disconnect switch is required.
|Program Type||Corporate Tax Credit|
|Technologies||Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric|
$0.0025/kWh - $0.0075/kWh for 10 years; amount varies depending on when the facility is placed
in operation and when electricity is generated
Facility construction and operation must not result in the creation of pollution or emissions harmful to
the environment, pursuant to determination by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Tax
Form 511CR, Schedule for Other Credits
|Official Web Site||https://energy.gov/|
The Oklahoma zero emissions facilities production tax credit is only available to commercial energy suppliers that have upgraded or newly built their facilities with eligible renewable systems, and are approved by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEC) for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2003.
For facilities placed in operation on or after Jan. 1, 2003 and before Jan. 1, 2007 the credit compensation breaks down as follows:
For electricity generated on or after Jan. 1, 2003, but prior to Jan. 1, 2004, the amount of the credit is seventy-five one hundredths of one cent ($0.0075) for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated. For electricity generated after Jan. 1, 2004, but prior to Jan. 1, 2007, the amount of the credit is $0.0050/kWh. For electricity generated after Jan. 1, 2007, but prior to Jan. 1, 2012, the amount of the credit is $0.0025/kWh. For electricity generated by these zero-emission facilities placed in operation after Jan. 1, 2007 and before Jan. 1, 2016, the amount of the credit is $0.0050/kWh
These tax credits are freely transferable during the 10 years after the facility has passed qualification, and include transfers or sales from non-taxable entities to taxable entities and transfers or sales from one taxable entity to another.
Corporate Tax Credit
Personal Tax Credit
State Loan Program
Utility Loan Program
Utility Rebate Program
Rules, Regulations & Policies
Building Energy Code
Energy Standards for Public Buildings
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