California Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 

Established in 2002 under Senate Bill 1078, accelerated in 2006 under Senate Bill 107-,  expanded in 2011 under Senate Bill 2(1x),  and enhanced in 2015 by Senate Bill  350, California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) is one of the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country. The RPS program requires investor-owned utilities (IOUs), publicly owned utilities, electric service providers, and community choice aggregators to increase procurement from eligible renewable energy resources to 50% of total procurement by 2030. See the Program Overview page for more information

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) implements and administers RPS compliance rules for California’s retail sellers of electricity, which include investor-owned utilities (IOU), public owned utilities (POUs), electric service providers (ESP) and community choice aggregators (CCA). The California Energy Commission (CEC) is responsible for the certification of electrical generation facilities as eligible renewable energy resources, and adopting regulations for the enforcement of RPS procurement requirements of POUs. Additional information pertaining to the CEC’s roles in California RPS program can be found here

 Click here to find contact information for the members of the RPS team. 

 

Current Renewable Procurement Status

California's three large IOUs collectively served 34.76% of their 2016 retail electricity sales with renewable power. See below for a table of the of the large IOUs progress towards meeting their 50% compliance obligations in 2030.  The IOU's utilize a mix of  RPS resources such a wind, solar PV, solar thermal, hydroelectricity, geothermal, and bioenergy to meet their renewable procurement targets.  Additional project information for the large IOUs can be found by in the RPS Reports and Data section below.

 

Renewable Procurement Status Percentages

   

 

Detailed Overview of RPS Programs 

RPS Procurement Programs

Click here for additional information on the various RPS procurement programs including utility Request for Offers, Feed in Tariff , etc.

 

RPS Compliance Rules and Process

 Click here for 33% RPS program rules, unpopulated compliance report spreadsheet templates and historic compliance report submissions.


Ongoing RPS Implementation

Click here for additional information on the RPS calculator, renewable integration, and cost containment.

          

 

 RPS Reports and Data  

Click here for power point slides featuring RPS charts and graphs from RPS Reports to the Legislature and other statutory reports.


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