CPUC Cap-and Trade Decision-making

How to Find and Receive Documents and Updates

CPUC organizes much of our decision-making in public proceedings. Any person may be on the information only section of a “service list” for a proceeding, and that person will stay informed about developments in the proceeding by receiving e-mails with documents sent by the CPUC and parties participating to the proceeding, as well as by receiving notices of workshops or other events related to the proceeding.

To add yourself to a service list, email Process_Office@cpuc.ca.gov and include the proceeding number, your name, title, organization, address, phone number, and e-mail (Proceeding numbers are listed in the table below). If you would like to become an official party to a proceeding, you can find more information from CPUC's service list website. The CPUC's Public Advisor's Office provides procedural information and advice to individuals and groups who want to formally participate in proceedings as a party.

Active Proceedings

Click on the proceeding numbers in the table below to see the full docket cards for each active proceeding.

 

Proceeding  

Purpose

R.14-07-002

Adopts new clean energy and energy efficiency projects funded with Cap-and-Trade Program funds


R.20-05-002

Addresses issues needed to keep the California Climate Credit, Small Business Climate Credit and California Industry Assistance in compliance with all applicable regulations

Also, considers steps the Commission should take to improve crediting processes and changes the Commission should take to improve outcomes for ratepayers


 

 CPUC Actions to Date

The table below lists CPUC proceedings and actions related to the Cap-and-Trade Program, including decisions on how investor-owned utilities must use Cap-and-Trade funds, how greenhouse gas (GHG) costs can be handled, and how costs and proceeds must be reported.

The full docket card for each proceeding can be accessed through the CPUC docket card search tool. Enter the proceeding number without any periods or dashes to search. Besides using the links below, final decisions can also be located on the CPUC website using this decision search tool.

CPUC Cap-and-Trade Proceedings Table

The table below summarizes CPUC Cap-and-Trade Program related proceedings.

 

R.06-04-009 (Closed): Coordinates GHG emission reduction policies and associated implementation steps for utility energy procurement.

 

Document

Program Impact

 

D.08-10-037

Attachment A

Attachment B

  • Supplied CARB with CPUC's estimate of potential impacts to the electricity and natural gas sectors from AB 32 implementation options
 

R.10-05-006 (Closed): Implementation of electric resource procurement policies and programs to ensure a reliable and cost-effective electricity supply in California, including authorization to buy and sell GHG allowances and offsets.

 

Document

Program Impact

 

D.12-04-046

  • Establishes procurement rules about how electric utilities comply with Cap-and-Trade
 

R.11-03-012 (Open): Addresses potential electric utility cost and revenue issues associated with greenhouse gas emissions including use of revenues that electric utilities may generate from auction of allowances allocated to them by the California Air Resources Board. Includes how revenues may be returned to utility customers or used to fund other programs.

 

Document

Program Impact

 

D.12-12-033

  • Establishes policy goals and overall framework for distribution of allowance proceeds
  • Established Residential Methodology (California Climate Credit)
 

D.13-12-002

  • Established Small Business Methodology
  • Approved, with modifications, the utilities' implementation plans
 

August 21, 2013 ALJ Ruling

  • Incorporated into the record a report on outreach and education activities (ordered in D.12-12-033)
 

D.13-12-003

  • Approved electric utilities' GHG Cap and Trade Implementation Plans (required by D.12-12-033)
 

 

D.13-12-041

  • Ordered the IOUs to split 2013 Cap-and-Trade Program proceeds and GHG costs equally across 2014 and 2015
 

D.14-12-037 as modified by D.15-08-006 and D.16-07-007

  • Established EITE Methodology
  • Allows for use of CARB-verified production data when calculating EITE credits and makes other minor EITE formula adjustments
 

January 24, 2014 Letter from the Energy Division Director  

  • Name changed from the 'Climate Dividend' to the 'California Climate Credit'
  • Incorporated into the record by an ALJ Ruling on February 5, 2014
 

D.15-07-001

  • Rate reform decision in R.12-06-013 which removed the wide disparity between tiers and found that the volumetric rate credit should be eliminated starting January 1, 2016
 

D.19-12-002

  • Modifies D.13-12-003 to temporarily allow SDG&E to distribute the California Climate Credit in August and September for 2020 and 2021
 
D.20-04-027
  • Modifies the distribution shcedule for the 2020 California Climate Credit for PGE & SCE customers
  • The October California Climate Credit was split in half equally and distribution of each half was advanced to the months of May and June
 
D.20-05-052
  • Modifies the distribution schedule for the 2020 California Climate Credit for Pacific Power (PacifiCorp) & Liberty (CalPECO) customers
  • For Liberty, the distribution of the October California Climate Credit was advanced to June
  • For Pacific Power (PacifiCorp), the October California Climate Credit was split in half equally and distribution of each half was advanced to the months of June and July
 

R.14-03-003 (Closed): Establishes the policy, programs, rules, and tariffs necessary for natural gas investor-owned utilities to comply with the California Air Resources Board's greenhouse gas Cap-and-Trade Program.

Document

Program Impact

D.14-12-040

Appendix A

  • Adopts a settlement agreement regarding policies, programs, rules, and tariffs necessary for natural gas utilities to comply with the Cap-and-Trade Program
 

D.15-10-032

as corrected by D.16-01-028

  • Approves methodologies for natural gas utilities to use when calculating forecast and recorded greenhouse gas allowance proceeds and greenhouse gas costs associated with complying with Cap-and-Trade
 

 

D.18-03-017

  • Closes rehearing of D.15-10-032 and finalizes methodologies for natural gas utilities to use when calculating GHG allowance proceeds and GHG costs associated with complying with Cap-and-Trade
 

R.14-07-002 (Open): Adopts new clean energy and energy efficiency projects funded with Cap-and-Trade Program funds.

Document

Program Impact

D.17-12-022 as modified by D.19-03-015

  • Established and clarified IOU funding requirements for the SOMAH program
 

D.18-06-027 as corrected by D.18-10-007

  • Adopts three new programs to promote the installation of renewable generation among residential customers in disadvantaged communities (DACs)
 
R.20-05-002 (Open):  Addresses issues needed to keep the California Climate Credit, Small Business Climate Credit and California Industry Assistance in compliance with all applicable regulations.  Also, considers steps the Commission should take to improve crediting processes and changes the Commission should take to improve outcomes for ratepayers.
Document Program Impact
Order Instituting Rulemaking
  • Opened the rulemaking and introduced the issues under consideration
 
Staff Proposal
  • Summarizes past funding outcomes, provides data related to the California Climate Credit and other funded programs, and outlines Energy Division Staff Proposals for the future of the California Climate Credit, Small Business Climate Credit, and California Industry Assistance
 
 A.12-08-007 (Closed): Applications of the electric utilities for statewide marketing, education, and outreach programs and budgets related to the California Climate Credit.

Document

Program Impact

D.16-03-029

  • Established post-2016 statewide marketing, education, and outreach activities
 

A.13-08-026 (Closed):  Adopts customer education and outreach activities for 2014-2015 pertaining to the distribution of electric greenhouse gas allowance proceeds to residential, small business, and emissions-intensive and trade-exposed customers.

Document

Program Impact

D.14-01-012

  • Authorized the Energy Division to change the name of the residential return
 

D.16-06-041

  • Determined requirements for customer outreach and education have been satisfied
  • Migrates future outreach and education efforts to A.12-08-007
 

 

A.13-08-002 (Closed): Adopts standard procedures and templates for electric utilities to track greenhouse costs and use of Cap-and-Trade Program funds.

 

Document

Program Impact

 

D.14-10-033

  • Established tracking of GHG allowance proceeds in ERRA/ECAC applications
 

D.14-10-055

D.15-01-024

D.19-04-016

  • Provides updated templates required for GHG allowance proceed reporting and Weighted Average Cost (WAC)
 

A.18-05-015 (Closed):  Application to approve the use of Cap-and-Trade allowance revenues to fund Southern California Edison's Clean Energy Optimization Pilot (CEOP).

 

Document

Program Impact

 

D.19-04-010

Attachment A

  • Approved use of $20.4M of Cap-and-Trade Program funds by SCE for a clean energy optimization pilot (CEOP)
 

Decision Approving the Return of Cap-and-Trade Program Funds for Electric IOUs

The following decisions record the amount of Cap-and-Trade Program funds for each year and approve the use of these proceeds to fund the residential electric California Climate Credit, the Small Business Climate Credit, the California Industry Assistance Credit, as well as certain Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency programs. The decisions also approve the use of GHG allowance proceeds for administrative and outreach expenses.

 

PG&E

SCE

SDG&E

Liberty Utilities

Pacific Power

2014

All Utilities - D.13-12-041

2015

D.14-12-054

D.15-02-005

D.15-03-019 as corrected by

D.15-04-005 and D.15-04-036

D.14-12-047 as corrected by D.15-01-056

D.15-02-006

2016

D.15-12-022

D.15-12-033

D.15-12-032

D.15-12-037

D.15-12-030

2017

D.16-12-038

D.16-12-054

D.16-12-053

D.16-12-013

D.16-12-012

2018

D.18-01-009

D.17-12-018

D.17-12-014

D.18-03-024

D.17-12-017

2019

D.19-02-023

D.19-02-024

D.18-12-016

 

D.18-12-007

2020


D.20-02-047

D.20-01-022

D.20-01-005

D.20-05-044

D.20-05-011*

 
   

*Pacific Power's 2020 Climate Credit was approved independently from the rest of their ECAC Application. 

**Timing of the California Climate Credits was adjusted in response to COVID-19.

 

Advice Letter Approved for the Return of Cap-and-Trade Program Funds for Natural Gas IOUs

The following advice letters record the amount of Cap-and-Trade Program funds for each year and calculate the use of these proceeds to fund the residential natural gas California Climate Credit and building decarbonization pilot programs required under SB 1477. The advice letters also report the use of GHG allowance proceeds for administrative and outreach expenses.

 

PG&E

SDG&E

SoCalGas

Southwest Gas

2015

Proceeds for 2015-2017 were netted against costs (as directed in D.18-03-017). Tracking of this process is included in the 2018 Advice Letters.

2016

2017

2018

AL 3975-G-A /

AL 4053-G

AL 2673-G-C

AL 5426

AL 1072

2019

AL 4053-G

AL 2712-G

AL 5368

AL 1087

2020*

AL 4173-G /

AL 4217-G

AL 2810-G /

AL 2843-G

AL 5530 /

AL 5588

AL 1118 /

AL 1126

*Resolution G-3565 required natural gas IOUs  to set-aside a portion of 2020 auction allowance proceeds for Senate Bill 1477 (Stern 2018), recalculate the California Climate Credit amount, and resubmit the recalculated table via a separate advice letter.

Quick Reference Guide to CPUC's Cap-and-Trade Program Websites

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Resolutions

E-4611

  • Did not approve 2013 utility outreach and education plans and redirected funds to a neutral non-profit entity to coordinate outreach and education with Energy Upgrade California
 

E-4716

  • Established implementation details for EITE credit
  • Established the attestation process for Small and Medium EITEs, set refinery formulas for later compliance periods, and clarified processes for multisector EITE facilities
 

E-4999

  • Implemented the Disadvantaged Communities Green Tariff (DAC-GT) and Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) programs
 

G-3565

  • Required natural gas IOUs to set-aside a portion of 2020 auction allowance proceeds for Senate Bill 1477 (Low emissions buildings and sources of heat energy) and recalculate the California Climate Credit amount.
 

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