Active RPS Implementation

RPS Calculator

The RPS Calculator was used to develop plausible portfolios of renewables resources needed to meet the state's Renewables Portfolio Standard in future years for the purpose of generation and transmission planning.  The role of the RPS Calculator has been replaced by the new Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process.

For previous information on the RPS Calculator, please click here.

For more information on the development of the new IRP process, please click here.

Green Tariff Shared Renewables

Senate Bill (SB) 43 enacted the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) Program. The GTSR Program is intended to (1) expand access "to all eligible renewable energy resources to all ratepayers who are currently unable to access the benefits of onsite generation," and (2) "create a mechanism whereby institutional customers…commercial customers and groups of individuals . . . can meet their needs with electrical generation from eligible renewable energy resources."
The statute further provides that the GTSR Program should "provide support for enhanced community renewables programs to facilitate development of eligible renewable resource projects located close to the source of demand."

Additional information on the GTSR is coming soon.

SB 1122

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. 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.

For additional information on SB 1122 program, please click here.

Cost Containment

Senate Bill (SB) 1078 (Statues of 2002, Chapter 516, Sher) and SB 107 (Statutes of 2006, Chapter 464) established the supplemental energy payments (SEPs) program to contain the total costs of the RPS program. SB 2 (1X) (Statutes of 2011, Chapter 1), modified the statute such that the Commission was to “establish a limitation for each electrical corporation on the procurement expenditures for all eligible renewable energy resources used to comply with the renewables portfolio standard.” More recently, SB 350 (Statutes of 2015, Chapter 547) revised Section 399.15(c) such that the cost limitation be “be set at a level that prevents disproportionate rate impacts.”

For additional information on the Cost Containment, please click here.