California has two wind incentive programs for small wind turbines. The Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) gives incentives for capacity up to 30 kW. As of March 4, 2011, this program is temporarily suspended. The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) gives incentives for projects between 30 kW and 3 MW. New draft guidelines were recently released for both programs.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released new draft Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) Guidelines (http://www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/emerging_renewables/index.html) , to be presented at a public workshop on August 3. CEC is soliciting comments from interested parties by August 12, then will schedule the guidelines for approval at an upcoming Business Meeting before lifting the hold on the ERP.
The California Public Utilities Commission has released Proposed Decision Modifying the Self-Generation Incentive Program and Implementing Senate Bill 412. Comments on this proposed decision are due August 8, 2011.