Renewable Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program  

Updated 06/29/2020   

On June 26, 2020, the Commission issued an Assigned Commissioner’s and Assigned Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling to seek comment on proposed modifications to the ReMAT program, including a Staff proposal to use administratively determined prices by product category with a time-of-delivery adjustment. The proposed changes are necessary to resume the ReMAT program and to comply with a federal district court order.

On December 15, 2017, the CPUC Executive Director ordered PG&E, SCE and SDG&E to halt new ReMAT contract offerings, suspend holding any ReMAT Program Periods, and not to accept any ReMAT applications pending further Commission notice. Already-executed ReMAT contracts and existing ReMAT contracts must continue with their full force and effect.

The Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT) is a feed-in tariff program for small renewable generators less than 3 MW in size. (Small bioenergy generators are procured through the Bioenergy Market Adjusting Tariff). Through the ReMAT program up to 493.6 MW of capacity are available to eligible projects through a fixed-price standard contract to export electricity to California’s three large investor owned utilities (IOUs). Electricity generated as part of the ReMAT program counts towards the utilities’ RPS targets. The ReMAT Program replaced the AB 1969 Feed-in Tariff Program in 2013. The amount for each IOU is: 

  • Pacific Gas & Electric: 218.8 MW
  • Southern California Edison: 226.0 MW
  • San Diego Gas & Electric: 48.8 MW  

On October, 1 2013, the IOUs launched the ReMAT Program by accepting applications for the first bi-monthly program period (November 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013). As of December 31, 2016, the IOUs had completed 19 program periods.

AB 1979 (Bigelow, 2016), passed on September 26, 2016, adds Section 399.20.5 to the Public Utilities Code and updates the effective capacity for conduit hydropower projects from 3MW to 4 MW.  AB 1979 was implemented via Decision D.17-08-021 issued on August 28, 2017.  The IOUs have 30 days to file Tier 2 Advice Letters updating their tariff and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

A ReMAT revisit is scoped in the proceeding.  A timeline for the revisit is not currently available. As information becomes available it will be served to the Rulemaking R.15-02-020 service list. 

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