Small Distributed Generation Rate Policy / Application
This policy provides the application requirements for members who have an interest of interconnecting distributed generators to the Hawkeye REC distribution. The Cooperative requires that all DG (Distributed Generation) owners file an Application for Interconnection and pay accompanying fee not less than 30 days prior to the proposed date of interconnection.
Alternate Energy Production Facility Form
A notification requirement applies to the owner of an alternate energy production facility which will be interconnected with an electric transmission or distribution line. Alternate energy production facilities are defined as solar, wind turbine, waste management, resource recover, refuse-derived fuel, agricultural crops or residues, or wood burning facilities used to generate electricity. The owner is required to provide written notification to their utility of the intent to construct or install the facility at least 30 days prior to construction.
(Form of Notice Required under Iowa Code 476.6A by applicant effective January 1, 2013)
Whether it is from wind, water, biomass, or solar, renewable energy has a value to the overall mix of energy production in Iowa. The only thing Hawkeye REC would encourage you to do is to get all the facts, and know your responsibilities, before you jump into the process of renewable energy possibilities.
Solar – Check out Hawkeye’s Cooperative Community Solar Project called RenewableRays.
Participating members in our RenewableRays program will receive a monthly credit on their electric bill based on the production and their participation in the community solar project.
Wind Power – know the facts before you buy. The news is full of stories of wind powered generation being built in the state of Iowa. It has been said that Iowa is the Saudi Arabia of wind energy and by looking at a wind chart of the state one would believe that to be true.
With the increased renewable energy news coverage, we have seen an increase in the number of members seeking information about wind energy. What does a system cost, what size turbine do they need, and what are the requirements to tie a wind generator onto the REC’s lines are just a few of the questions being asked.
One valuable resource for learning about the wind energy potential at your location is the Iowa Energy Center. The Energy Center’s web site www.energy.iastate.edu has a wealth of information that anyone contemplating such a purchase will find useful. In addition to determing if a wind generator will work for you, knowing the federal regulations involved is also important.
- United States Wind Resource Map
- Iowa Wind Resource Maps (Iowa Energy Center Website)
- Wind Assessment Study and Calculator (Iowa Energy Center Website)
Articles regarding renewable energy:
- Get The Facts Before Buying into Wind Power (Cooperative Research Network)
- Dairyland Power Invests in Minnesota Wind Farm – Word Doc (27k)
- Does Wind Power Make Sense For You? (Iowa REC News)
To find out more information, visit the following websites regarding renewable energy.
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site
- US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
- Wind Resource Atlas of the United States
- American Wind Energy Association
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
- Dairyland Power Cooperative
Read the manager’s column from November 2010 newsletter called “Considering a Residential Wind Turbine?” for more information regarding renewable energy. Know the facts before you buy!
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