Frequently Asked Questions
If a project is submitted that exceeds the Renewable Standard Offer program’s 2015 capacity, is the project approved for participation or is it put on the waiting list?
Applications for projects in excess of the program capacity limit will be placed on a waiting list. 2015 program applications must be received by TVA per the application instructions on or before September 1, 2015.
If the program is nearing its cap and the project developer agrees to reduce the size of a project gross nameplate capacity, will the project be approved for the program?
Yes. However, an applicant must submit a revised application with the lower capacity.
What fees will I incur applying for and investing in a new project? Will interconnection cost be included?
Several payments are due to TVA at various stages of the application and contract processes, including an application fee and performance assurances. These payments do not cover interconnection costs or environmental reviews.
Applicants are also responsible for all interconnection costs, whether through a distributor or TVA, including system impact studies, metering, system upgrades and expansions, and operating and maintenance for facilities used in interconnection. Additionally, any costs associated with the environmental review will be borne by the applicant. See more about pricing.
How am I notified of planned outages needed by my distributor or TVA?
Planned outages may occur on an impromptu basis. TVA or the distributor will contact the primary contact listed on the application.
How will I be notified in case of a forced outage by my distributor or TVA?
Outages are not requested by TVA or the distributor. Either can curtail a project by reducing in whole or in part the energy production of the project. Such actions may be pursuant to the instruction or other directive made or issued by TVA, or any other regional transmission organization, in its official capacity as a reliability coordinator; by any other affected transmission service provider; or by any governmental authority with applicable authority to direct such a curtailment of energy production.
How are liquidated damages and penalties handled when outages are required by my distributor or TVA?
Any and all hours during which a project is unable to deliver to TVA due to a curtailment requested by TVA or the distributor will be excused from assessments of the Supply Guarantee. See more about eligibility.
How do my distributor and TVA ensure that safety procedures and concerns are addressed during outages?
Safety procedures and concerns are addressed in coordination with TVA and the distributor.
How soon will I hear back from TVA on my application status?
TVA will endeavor to provide notice, including date received and reference number, within 10 business days of receipt.
Who do I contact to discuss the Renewable Standard Offer program offering?
By phone, please call (423) 751-2372 and leave a message. If by mail, please send it to Tennessee Valley Authority, Renewable Standard Offer, 26 Century Boulevard, Mail Stop OCP 6A, Nashville, TN 37214.
What process do I need to follow in order to certify my project as a renewable energy project?
Projects must be eligible for certification by the Green-e National Standard administered by the Center for Resource Solutions. More information can be found at http://www.green-e.org.
How will the value of combustion turbine (CT) capacity be modified to reflect the characteristics of renewable energy and capacity sources – including availability; consistency; dispatchability; length of run-time per call; or run-time over a month, season, or year?
The value of a CT was used to calculate the liquidated damages in the Supply Guarantee; other than that, the value of a CT is not applicable.
What is the definition of “renewable” and what does it include? How are nuclear and hydro treated; in particular, investments made to improve the efficiency and output of existing installations, such as more efficient hydro turbines or cooling towers to improve nuclear plant availability?
All major renewable technologies, including solar photovoltaics, wind, biomass combustion, biomass gasification, methane recovery, and co-firing of 50 percent or more liquid or gaseous biomass, are covered under the program. Nuclear and hydro are not part of the Renewable Standard Offer. Only certain types of biomass are acceptable for biomass projects. See the program guidelines for more information.
Will non-commercial or experimental renewable energy technologies be approved for the Renewable Standard Offer program?
No. Only mature, commercial renewable energy generating technologies will be approved.
What is the distinction between the valuation of renewable versus the valuation of the various interruptible products; Real-Time Pricing products; and demand-side management and energy efficiency programs TVA is looking at, and will be looking at, going forward? Do the valuations of all of these programs ultimately spring from the same basic valuation source; i.e., is there a consistent link that runs throughout all of these?
The Renewable Standard Offer pricing is consistent with TVA’s economic criterion that contract price follows our forecasted electricity prices.
Is there consideration for programs in which the value of the program exceeds that of a CT; i.e., offers more hours, more energy, and moves energy to off-peak periods without a net reduction in kilowatt-hours? Do we plan to look at products or programs that explicitly recognize and value load factor benefits?
The program is largely based on energy, while the CTs have more to do with capacity value and interruptible load. Time-of-day and season-of-the-year pricing encourages generation at high value times, while the Renewable Standard Offer program has low prices during low value periods.
Will the distributor involvement and arrangements for the Renewable Standard Offer be the same as they are for the Green Power Providers?
No, they will be different. The Renewable Standard Offer contract will be a direct relationship between TVA and the supplier, while Green Power Providers is a three-way agreement between the distributor, TVA and the supplier. The supplier/applicant will be required to cover all costs of interconnection, whether it is through the distributor or TVA directly.
What is the difference between the target market for Green Power Providers and Renewable Standard Offer?
Green Power Providers targets residential and small commercial customers that want to offset energy costs, while the Renewable Standard Offer is geared more toward renewable energy suppliers that are interested in becoming a power producer in the TVA power service area.