RPS Compliance Rules and Process

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).

50% RPS Procurement Rules

California is a clean energy leader with an RPS that has increased significantly over time.  California's RPS began in 2002 as a 20% requirement by 2017.  The RPS has become progressively more aggressive, with a 20% requirement by 2010 (set in 2006), 33% by 2020 (set in 2011) and now 50% by 2030 (set in 2015).

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50% RPS Compliance Process

Energy Division staff, in collaboration with RPS stakeholders, have developed a preliminary Annual 50% RPS Compliance Report spreadsheet for retail sellers to report their progress towards reaching RPS compliance targets as well as the portfolio balance requirements as implemented by compliance Decision (D.)12-06-038. Pursuant to D.12-06-038 all retail sellers are subject to the jurisdiction of the CPUC and must submit an Annual 50% RPS Compliance Report on August 1, every year.

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