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Back in July we reported on LADWP’s draft Feed-in Tariff program (FiT) and we noted that there was still a great deal of clarification needed. Today is the follow-on workshop (which we will be attending) and the preliminary presentation materials indicate some movement in the right direction with some issues still to be resolved. This post will highlight the changes that we have noted and we will report later in greater detail following the workshop.
In contrast to the plan that was discussed two months ago, the initial “Demonstration” phase of the program has been expanded from a total of 5 MW to 6 MW with 1MW carved out for so-called “small” systems - those between 30 and 150kW. (Overall the program is capped at systems < 1MW.) This was hinted at before and makes sense since it is not really feasible for the smaller systems to compete on cost - DWP’s primary selection criteria - against systems many times larger.
Beyond the change in the Demonstration program size, DWP’s materials identify four areas where changes have been instituted based on feedback from the July workshop. Specifically:
The timeline remains that DWP intends to seek City Council approval for the Demonstration Program during the 4th quarter of this year with program roll-out to commence in the first quarter of 2012.
If you are interested in attending today’s workshop (from 2-4 p.m. in downtown L.A.) you can read the details in our previous post.
We will keep you updated as the program evolves.