On December 17, 2009, the California Public Utilities Commission adopted Decision (D.)09-12-042 implementing Assembly Bill 1613, the Waste Heat and Carbon Emissions Reduction Act (Blakeslee 2007).
This Decision approved the rules for a feed-in tariff program for new, highly efficient and small CHP including the purchase price of power and two standard offer contracts (SOCs).
On June 21, 2010, the California Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) submitted tariff sheets for the program through Advice Letters:
- AL 2179-E – submitted by San Diego Gas and Electric
- AL 2485-E – submitted by Southern California Edison
- AL 3696-E – submitted by Pacific Gas and Electric
These Advice Letters have been suspended until the CPUC rules on a Petition to Modify D.09-12-042, submitted by the IOUs in February 2010.
In addition, on July 15, 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order regarding the CHP feed-in-tariff program. FERC found that (1) the CHP generators from which the CPUC is requiring the IOUs to purchase energy and capacity must obtain Qualifying Facility (QF) status under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) and (2) the rate established by the CPUC for the standard offer contracts can not exceed the avoided cost of the purchasing utility.
CPUC Docket Card for Rulemaking (R.)08-06-024 responding to AB 1613.
FERC Docket Numbers EL10-64 and EL10-66.