RPS Compliance & Reporting

RPS Compliance Reporting Templates (Updated June 2019)

2018 Compliance Report Templates 

Reporting Template and Compliance Report Archives 

RPS Compliance and Reporting Background:

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) implements and administers RPS compliance rules for California’s retail sellers of electricity, which include investor-owned utilities (IOUs), electric service providers (ESPs) and community choice aggregators (CCAs). 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 Publicly Owned Utilities (POUs). Additional information pertaining to the CEC’s role in the California RPS program can be found here.

This webpage provides access to the CPUC’s RPS compliance reporting documents and describes the compliance process and rules.  Please see the Portfolio Content Category Classification Review Process Handbook for further guidance on what information is required to substantiate all PCC claims in the Compliance Report.

RPS Compliance Reporting

In Decision (D.) 12-06-038, the Commission implemented new compliance rules for the 33% RPS program and established a process for retail sellers to transition from the 20% RPS program to the 33% RPS program, as the 33% RPS law made several compliance-related changes.

Retail sellers are required to submit Annual RPS Compliance Reports on August 1 each year to demonstrate progress towards the RPS procurement requirements.  After the California Energy Commission verifies RPS procurement claims for each compliance period, retail sellers will submit Verified Compliance Reports from which the CPUC will base its compliance determination on.

Senate Bill 350 (de Leon, 2015) increased the RPS to 50% by 2030.  In D.16-12-040, the Commission established Annual Percentage Targets to ensure all retail sellers make reasonable progress towards meeting the updated RPS.  These requirements will take effect in 2021 for Compliance Period 4.  Senate Bill (de Leon, 2018) has again increased the RPS requirements to 60% by 2030.  The Commission will similarly implement amended Annual Percentage Targets for the increased requirements mandated by Senate Bill 100.

For new retail sellers, please see the RPS Onboarding Guide for an introduction to the reporting requirements for the RPS program.

Please see the RPS Compliance Reporting FAQ document for more information on frequently asked questions.

Annual RPS Compliance Reports

Energy Division staff, in collaboration with RPS stakeholders, developed an Annual RPS Compliance Report spreadsheet for retail sellers to report RPS compliance positions incorporating RPS compliance rules implemented by D.12-06-038.  Pursuant to D.12-06-038, all retail sellers subject to the jurisdiction of the CPUC file an Annual Preliminary RPS Compliance Report on or before August 1 of each year.  The link below contains a folder with the preliminary RPS compliance filings submitted by all retail sellers in August 2018.  Energy Division staff will use a final version of these reports, in conjunction with supporting documents and the CEC's verfication report, to determine compliance for RPS Compliance Period (2014-2016).

See the RPS Compliance Report Archives here.

RPS Compliance Period 1 Determinations

In September 2016, California's electricity retailers submitted final RPS Compliance Reports to the CPUC that were used to determine compliance with the RPS program.  California had a total of 20 electricity retailers for Compliance Period 1 (2011-2013) and the RPS procurement quantity requirement was 20%.  California's overall RPS position in Compliance Period 1 was 20.3%.

On December 20, 2017, the 20 electricity retailers were notified of Energy Division's determinations of their RPS Compliance.  The three large IOUs exceeded the 20% RPS procurement quantity requirement for Compliance Period 1 with an average of 20.9% RPS position.  The Small and Multi-jurisdictional Utilities exceeded the 20% RPS procurement quantity requirement with an average of 26.3%.  The only CCA in operation at the time, Marin Clean Energy, had an RPS procurement position of 30%.  Seven ESPs met or exceeded the 20% RPS procurement requirements and six ESPs were not compliant with the RPS requirements.  As established by the Commission's decision setting enforcement rules for the RPS programs (D.14-12-023), the penalty amount is $50/REC.  The non-compliant retail sellers may request waiver of their respective penalty amounts through the process set forth in D.14-12-023.

The Compliance Period 1 determinations are:

*The non-compliant retail sellers may request waiver of their respective penalty amounts through the process set forth in D.14-12-023.


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