Wind and solar plants operated by the Sacramento Utility District (SMUD) in 1995 earned the Californian municipal utility $216,000 from the US Treasury, up from $100,000 the year before. The income, from the Renewable Energy Production Incentive programme, pays utilities one-and-a-half cents a kWh generated from renewables. SMUD is also now automatically eligible for the one-and-half cent incentive over the next ten years. The incentive is authorised by the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Most of the payment was for power produced by SMUD's wind plant of Kenetech machines in Solano County, the first in the country owned by a utility
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