SCE - Biomass Standard Contract

May 14, 2009


Southern California Edison Company (SCE), an investor-owned electric utility, offers a production incentive to customers who generate electricity with eligible biomass-energy systems, including landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wood and wood waste, fuel cells, digester gas, and sewer gas. Separate contracts are available to facilities with capacities of less than 1 megawatt (MW), facilities greater than or equal to 1 MW but not greater than 5 MW, and systems greater than 5 MW but not greater than 20 MW. The seller may select a term of 10, 15 or 20 years. The production incentive payment is tied to the Market Price Referent, which increases annually. Participants will receive the rate that is available when their project comes on-line for the duration of their contract period. The Market Price Referent for 2008 varies from $92.71 per megawatt-hour (MWh) to $95.72 per MWh, depending on the length of the contract. All renewable-energy credits (RECs) convey to SCE. On April 25, 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued Executive Order S-06-06, which sets goals for energy produced by biomass resources. SCE voluntarily initiated this program in accordance with the order.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Southern California Edison
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Biomass
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Landfill Gas
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Incentive Amount: Varies by term length and year of production. Incentives for projects that go on-line in 2008 range from $92.71/MWh to $95.72/MWh
Terms: Seller chooses contract term of 10, 15 or 20 years. All RECs convey to SCE.


Name: Dan Walker
Organization: Southern California Edison
Address: 2244 Walnut Grove
Rosemead CA 91770
Phone: (626) 302-5358

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.