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.
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:
- September 22, 2015: CPUC Decision approving draft documents for the implementation of SB 1122
- December 18, 2015: CPUC Decision implementing SB 1122
- November 19, 2013: ALJ Ruling seeking comments on Energy Division’s Staff Proposal on SB 1122 Implementation and accepting the Black & Veatch consultant report into the record
- ALJ Ruling with Questions (PDF)
- Energy Division’s Staff Proposal on SB 1122 Implementation and B&V Study (PDF)
- Attachment A: Public Utilities Code Section 399.2
- Attachment B: Staff Proposal
- Attachment 1: Black & Veatch Consultant Study (October 31, 2013)
- Attachment 2: Overview of ReMAT pricing mechanism
- June 14, 2013: Responses to post-workshop follow-up questions due to Energy Division.
- May 10, 2013: Energy Division staff issues post-workshop follow-up questions to allow for written feedback to be used to inform revisions to the consultant study released on April 9, 2013.
- May 2, 2013: Workshop on small-scale bioenergy and SB 1122 implementation
- April 9, 2013: Draft consultant study issued “Small-Scale Bioenergy: resource potential, costs, and FIT implementation assessment"