Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool

Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool
Improving the Bottom Line for On-Site Wind: Best and Worst State Policy Practices

Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant, this Web-based Policy Comparison Tool and accompanying Guidebook are designed to help policymakers, utilities, and advocates advance the market for on-site wind generation across the nation. The tool can quantitatively identify policies most (and least) helpful in making consumer-owned wind turbines more affordable with the goal of expanding the distributed wind market through an improved U.S. policy environment. Incorporating a customized feed from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), the web tool’s financial model measures the impact of various policy combinations on distributed wind turbine project economics and can be used to rank the “best and worst” state markets for returns on investment for various project scenarios up to 100 kW. With only two initial user inputs required, the web tool allows users to adjust and test a wide variety of policy-related variables with slider bars through a user-friendly dashboard interface.

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a limited liability company based in Washington State

operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy
under Contract DE-AC05-76RL01830

operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy
under Prime Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308

a public service center in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University

This report and accompanying software was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor eFormative Options LLC, nor the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), nor Battelle Memorial Institute, nor the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), nor the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC, nor the N.C. Solar Center (NCSC), nor N.C. State University (NCSU), nor any of their employees, makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, reliability, suitability, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof, or eFormative Options LLC, or Battelle Memorial Institute, or the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC, or North Carolina State University. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof

The information presented in this Guidebook and on the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool web site provides an unofficial overview of the impacts of financial incentives and other policies and is not directed to any specific transaction. While the project team has striven to make reasonable assumptions and provide the best information possible, the tool should not be used for making purchasing decisions, investment decisions, or tax decisions or when developing other binding agreements, and its results do not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance. The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. To ensure compliance with IRS Circular 230, please note (a) any discussion of federal tax issues in this presentation is not intended or written to be relied upon, and cannot be relied upon, by any person for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on such persons under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; and (b) as to specific information based on any transaction, participants should seek advice on their particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. Please refer to the individual policies and incentive program web sites, web links provided via the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) website, to verify details of specific financial incentives or other policies. eFormative Options, PNNL, NREL, NCSC, and NCSU staff disclaim all liability of any kind arising out of your use or misuse of the information contained or referenced in this Guidebook or on the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool web pages.

Copyright 2011-2012 eFormative Options LLC under DOE Award # DE-EE0000503, Battelle Contract #184042. Permission granted only for personal or educational use, or for use by or on behalf of the U.S. government. The unauthorized display, reproduction, sale, and/or distribution of all or portions of the content of the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool and Guidebook are prohibited without prior written consent.

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