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SB 1122: Bioenergy Feed-in Tariff


In September 2012, Gov. Brown signed SB 1122 (Rubio, 2012) into law, requiring an incremental 250 MW of renewable Feed-in Tariff (FIT) procurement from small-scale bioenergy projects that commence operation on or after June 1, 2013.

The statute requires that each of California’s three large investor owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) must procure a share of the statute’s 250 MW requirement based on the ratio of each utility’s peak demand to statewide peak demand. Additionally, the statute orders the CPUC to allocate the 250 MW procurement requirement among the following categories:

(i) For biogas from wastewater treatment, municipal organic waste diversion, food processing, and codigestion, 110 megawatts.

(ii) For dairy and other agricultural bioenergy, 90 megawatts.

(iii) For bioenergy using byproducts of sustainable forest management, 50 megawatts.

Current Status:

On September 22, 2015 the Commission issued D.15-09-004 approving the draft tariff, standard contract, and certain ancillary documents submitted by the IOUs with modifications.

On December 18, 2014 the Commission adopted D.14-12-081 implementing SB 1122 (Rubio, 2012). D.14-12-081 required the IOUs to submit for Commission approval a draft tariff, standard contract, and certain ancillary documents to implement D.14-12-081.

On November 19, 2013, the assigned administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a Ruling seeking comments on Energy Division’s staff proposal on implementation of SB 1122 and accepting the Black & Veatch consultant report into the record. Pursuant to the ALJ ruling, opening comments from parties are due on December 20, 2013, and reply comments are due on January 16, 2014.

Following the submission of comments and reply comments, the ALJ issued a Proposed Decision that will be subject to additional party comment. Final implementation of SB 1122 will occur after the CPUC formally adopts a Decision

For a link to the ALJ’s Ruling, see below.

For more details about recent developments:


Last Modified: 10/15/2015

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