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 November 19, 2013, the assigned administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a Ruling seeking comments on Energy Division’s staff proposal on implementation of Senate Bill (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 will issue 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:
- January 16, 2014: Reply comments to ALJ Ruling due
- December 20, 2013: Comments to ALJ Ruling due
- 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
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”